There’s a ton of mixed feelings out there in Internet Land with Dodge’s recent announcements. On the one hand, it’s exciting to see what Dodge has up its sleeve for its V8 swan song. On the other hand, with Dodge’s electrification plans, there’s a sense of government-mandated foolishness when the infrastructure is lacking for much of the country. Nonetheless, they both share surprises that are in store for enthusiasts, so why not embrace it all?
Few are able to do that, but certainly everyone is able to enjoy the surprises Dodge has in store. Number 1 of the 7 “Last Call” special-edition models has just been announced, and it’s called Challenger Shakedown.
Back in 2016, Dodge showed a Shakedown Challenger concept at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. That car was a 1971 Challenger restomod featuring modern underpinnings plus a preview of accessories slated to be available the following year. The inspiration is now being used for the production Challenger, using the concept’s black with red accents both outside and in including red “392” graphics on the front fenders, Shaker hood scoop, overhead “Shakedown” striping with red detailing, “Shakedown” spoiler graphics, red six-piston Brembo brakes, Alcantara seats with red stitching, Demonic Red seatbelts and more. Challenger Shakedown models also come loaded with the Plus Group, Technology Group, Navigation, Carbon/Suede and Dynamics Package.
There will be 1,000 Shakedown Challengers for 2023, distributed between 500 Destroyer Grey R/T Scat Packs (with 20-by-9.5-inch Low Gloss Black Slingshot wheels) and 500 Pitch Black R/T Scat Pack Widebodies (with 20-by-11-inch Carbon Black Warp Speed wheels). Why the gray one when the SEMA car was black? Maybe the owl who knows how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop knows.
As mentioned in the original announcement, Challenger Shakedown models will be allocated to specific dealerships, with the beans being spilled this coming fall on DodgeGarage.com so you can learn about prices and where to find that Shakedown you oh-so-want.
And the other six special-edition Challengers and Chargers? Stay tuned because, through September 21, 2022, you’ll be able to learn about five others, with the final one revealed at the SEMA Show in early November.