2014 Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker
Dodge has been all too happy to turn up the nostalgia on its retro-styled Challenger. The R/T Classic, for instance, has appeased baby-boomer Mopar fans through vintage emblems, pistol-grip shifters, retina-scalding colors, and old-school aluminum wheels. The new 2014 Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker continues follows that recipe to a T, but adds one new ingredient: a shaker hood scoop, patterned after the engine-mounted intake used on the 1970 Challenger R/T.
Dodge claims the satin-black scoop is functional, and tied in with a conical air filter and cold-air intake, but we’re not told if the Shaker scoop has any actual performance benefit. On the plus side, Challenger R/T Shaker models do come equipped with the Super Track Pak, an equipment group that includes quicker steering, firmer dampers, Goodyear Eagle F1 Super Car tires, and defeatable stability control that is normally optional equipment on Challenger R/T models.
Exterior touches include a body color grille surround and a gloss black fuel filler door, along with new 20-inch polished aluminum wheels. If so inclined, buyers can opt for a new graphics package that wraps stripes around the hood scoop, over the roof, and out towards a satin black rear deckled spoiler. Cursive Challenger badges are again patterned after those used on the original car, as are the blurred “SHAKER” emblems applied to the scoop housing itself.
Inside, 2014 Challenger Shaker R/T models gain a new flat-bottom steering wheel, unique black trim accents, a numbered dash plaque, and a pistol grip shifter for cars built with a six-speed manual transmission. Leather-trimmed sports bucket seats are also standard, and sport Shaker logos embroidered into the seatbacks.
How much does this flash of nostalgia run? Chrysler says a 2014 Challenger R/T Shaker starts at $36,995, which is roughly $2500 more than a comparable 2014 Challenger R/T Classic. Production is allegedly limited, although Chrysler has not yet announced a definite production number.
2014 Mopar ’14 Challenger
One other 2014 Challenger model gains the aforementioned Shaker hood: the 2014 Mopar ’14 Challenger. Based on a 2014 Challenger R/T Shaker, the Mopar ’14 Challenger latest in a string of customized limited-edition models produced by Chrysler’s performance accessories division.
Unlike prior Mopar-tuned special edition models, the 2014 Mopar ’14 Challenger offers buyers some choice in the exterior cosmetics. A traditional blue-on-black exterior paint scheme is available, but the 2014 Mopar ’14 Challenger is also available in bright white exterior paint. Buyers can also choose from a number of different striping options, including a triple stripe that runs along the rockers, or an A-line stripe that wraps over the deckled. Regardless of the color and stripe selected, all 2014 Mopar ’14 Challengers receive a black fuel filler door, a gloss black spoiler with Mopar logo, a “Black Vapor” grille surround, and gloss black 20-inch aluminum wheels.
Inside, Mopar ’14 Challengers receive sport bucket seats wrapped in black Nappa leather and accented with blue stitching and embroidered Mopar logos. A matching blue thread is also used to highlight the steering wheel, armrest, and shift boot. As always, Mopar ’14 Challengers also include a serialized dash plaque, special key fobs, and a personalized “owner’s kit,” which includes memorabilia tied to each specific car.
Chrysler says it will build only 100 copies of the 2014 Mopar ’14 Challenger, although it has yet to announce pricing for the car. Orders will be accepted starting in March 2014, and deliveries should commence in the second quarter of 2014.