• Dodge’s Shakedown Challenger melds classic looks with modern performance [SEMA 2016]

    Shakedown Challenger

    Mopar, the parts and accessories arm of Fiat-Chrysler, will be unveiling an old-school Dodge Challenger with a modern twist later today at the 2016 SEMA show.

    The Dodge Shakedown Challenger, as it’s called, starts with a 1971 Challenger body on a custom-made frame. The door handles, drip rails and fuel door have been removed, leading to a sleek, streamlined look. The body is finished in Bitchin’ Black paint, a flat black color, with gloss black and red stripes running from the hood to the trunk. A red “392 Hemi” logo and “Shakedown” graphics complete the look.

    The modern touches don’t end there. The Shakedown has black concept SRT Hellcat wheels measuring 19 inches in the front and 20 inches in the back. It also has modern Challenger headlights and taillights, along with a modern Challenger grille.

    Inside, the Shakedown has a custom interior with Dodge Viper seats and steering wheel, Mopar gauges and a Hellcat shift knob.

    All of this show requires some go, so the Shakedown Challenger has a 485-horsepower Hemi V-8 coupled to a Viper Tremec six-speed manual transmission. To make the concept go around corners as well as it goes in a straight line, the suspension is completely custom and lowered. Brakes are red Brembo SRT Hellcat disc brakes, with six-piston calipers in the front and four-piston calipers in the back.

    The Dodge Shakedown Challenger weaves together design cues from the past and present to create a uniquely original Mopar creation.

    The 2016 SEMA show runs today until November 4. The Mopar press event starts today at 4:26 pm Pacific time. TFLcar will be covering the show from wall to wall, so check back for more updates from the show.

    Check out this related TFLcar video of the modern Challenger hitting the TFL test track:

    John Inama
    John Inama
    John’s love of cars started an early age. He bought his first issue of Road & Track at age 12, and has wanted to be an automotive writer ever since. He believes in the old adage that it’s more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow. When not writing about cars, John is a professional computer geek and lives with his wife and dogs on the high plains of Wyoming.

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    2 thoughts on “Dodge’s Shakedown Challenger melds classic looks with modern performance [SEMA 2016]

    1. I am not sure why they bothered to do this although I do like it. Probably handles better than a modern production Challenger.

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