Unleashing of The Dodge Shakedown Challenger at SEMA

Shakedown Challenger Concept 

The past and the present raced to Las Vegas, and arrived at SEMA with a singular vehicle that unites old-school muscle and modern styling to form a new Mopar® HEMI® V8-powered behemoth — introducing the Dodge Shakedown Challenger. 

Dodge Shakedown Challenger // Performance and Capability 

The Dodge Shakedown Challenger was built for the bright lights of Vegas. The Shakedown Challenger drives 485 horsepower to the pavement via a Viper Tremec T6060 six-speed transmission and is further augmented by a Mopar concept cold-air intake and Mopar custom dual exhaust with black powder-coated Mopar exhaust tips. 

The custom front and rear suspension is lowered, dropping the Shakedown Challenger closer to the road — or to the track — creating a capable performer versatile enough to tackle the street or Pro Touring/Drift-type motorsports competition. Braking power is supplied by Brembo® SRT® Hellcat six-piston front brakes and four-piston rear brakes. 

Dodge Shakedown Challenger // Style and Appearance 

Ready to cruise the strip? Straight off the line, classic muscle car styling merges with the 21st century with the “Bitchin’ Black” exterior, hung on a unique hand-built, one-off frame with a removable body. The Dodge Shakedown Challenger rolls on concept SRT Hellcat Slingshot-designed 19-inch by 9 1/2-inch front and 20-inch by 9 1/2-inch rear wheels, providing a “coiled” stance. A heritage-inspired 1971 Shaker hood scoop is added with help from select parts from the Mopar brand’s modern-day Shaker hood kit, feeding fresh air to the HEMI V8 powerplant. 

Shakedown Challenger Concept 

The Shaker hood scoop is accented on top with a black “Shakedown” badge outlined in red, tying in neatly with custom gloss-black and gloss-red stripes that hug the scoop and flow down to the fascia and also up and over the roof to the tail, extending around and underneath the valance. 

The 1971 Dodge Challenger body is shaved, deleting the door handles, drip rails and fuel door, which is relocated to the trunk. The Dodge Shakedown Challenger incorporates concept front headlamps and taillamps from the 2017 Dodge Challenger “massaged” to mesh seamlessly with ’71 Challenger proportions. 

The headlamp bezels are Satin Black, as are the housing and surround of the taillamps, which feature lenses trimmed in red. The modern Challenger grille and surround also get the Satin Black treatment, set off by gloss-black grille bezels. Satin Black also colors the concept rear spoiler and chin spoiler, fog lamp bezels and mirror caps. Matching red Mopar 392 logo decals on the front fenders complete the exterior. 

Shakedown Challenger Concept 

Dodge Shakedown Challenger // Interior Design and Details 

Dodge Viper front seats are re-trimmed in black Katzkin leather bolstered by black Alcantara inserts and red stitching matching the embroidery on the Dodge Viper steering wheel, which features a custom satin black airbag cover and shroud. The black leather shift boot adds additional modern Challenger DNA, capped by an SRT Hellcat gearshift knob. Mopar instrument panel gauges are black, contrasted with the gloss carbon fiber instrument panel cluster trim. The center console, steering wheel trim and door panels are also gloss carbon fiber. A black “Shakedown” badge outlined in red is stamped on the dash. 

Shakedown Challenger Concept 

Dodge Shakedown Challenger // Engineered for the Track 

The Shakedown Challenger’s potential as a track performer is catered to with a custom roll bar and rear seat delete, replaced with netting and a console shelf for storing racing essentials. The fuel cell and lines are stored in the black-carpet lined trunk. 

Mopar brand’s SEMA footprint includes 14 modified vehicles, 24 parts displays and hundreds of Mopar parts in a 15, 345-square-foot exhibit. In addition to the Dodge Shakedown Challenger, keep an eye out for the Dodge Durango Shaker

Learn more about the full lineup of Dodge vehicles at dodge.com.


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