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Dodge Announces 2023 Challenger “Shakedown”

It’s the first of seven “Last Call” Challenger and Charger models

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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?

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Dodge is revealing the first of the brand’s “Last Call” lineup of seven special-edition 2023 models, drawing a line back to 2016 to celebrate an iconic Dodge concept vehicle with the special-edition 2023 Dodge Challenger Shakedown.

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.

2023 Dodge Challenger Shakedown
The 2023 Dodge Challenger Shakedown is the first of the brand’s “Last Call” lineup of seven special-edition 2023 models.

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.

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2023 Dodge Challenger Shakedown interior.

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.

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The special-edition 2023 Dodge Challenger Shakedown includes unique features such as a Shakedown instrument panel badge.

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.  

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The special-edition 2023 Dodge Challenger Shakedown features premium black Nappa/Alcantara seats with red stitching.

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.

Diego Rosenberg
Diego Rosenberg
Lead Writer Diego Rosenberg is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey, giving him plenty of exposure to the charms of Carlisle and Englishtown. Though his first love is Citroen, he fell for muscle cars after being seduced by 1950s finned flyers—in fact, he’s written two books on American muscle. But please don’t think there is a strong American bias because foreign weirdness is never far from his heart. With a penchant for underground music from the 1960-70s, Diego and his family reside in the Southwest.

10 COMMENTS

  1. Typical government ideology and overreach; pushing an agenda a majority of the country doesn’t want and most of the country is in NO WAY prepared to support. I’ve yet to see an electric charging station anywhere I’ve been and our current electrical grid can’t even handle the load this Summer has needed. We have thousands of electric wind generators, but my electric bill is higher than ever and I see quite a few of the turbines just standing still. It all makes no sense, except knowing who’s profiting from it; the left-wing crime families.

  2. There will be NO gas cars in California in 2035. That’s only the beginning. What do you want to do, let the EARTH BURN all of us up.

    • I’ve been for electric since 1975 when we were told that nuclear fusion would provide us with clean cheap electric. I’m still waiting. I’m all for electric when we know where this electric will come from? Fossil fuel power plants?

  3. It seems to be trading one set of pollution problems for another. How are you going to generate the additional electricity? Burn coal? What about pollution from the manufacturing and disposing of batteries? Have these left wing idiots thought of any of this?

  4. The electrical grid can’t handle the load as it is now. EV car owners are being asked not to recharge their cars during certain parts of the day because high demand is overloading the grid. The gubmnt is going to have to add electrical capacity if they want all of us to go green. Where is that power going to come from you ask? Windmills won’t do the job. They’re going to have to build more electrical plants – whether coal fired or nuclear. There aren’t any rivers left to dam.

    Idiots like AOC are going to be up in arms when they realize the impact of this. And let’s not ignore the fact that car batteries are only going to last for so long and then they will need to be replaced. That will cost thousands of dollars that most people won’t have.

    In addtion, the production of these batteries require extensive mining operations to extract the needed materials. Operations that are already contaminating ground water and causing other environmental issues.

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