Dodge has quickly learned that it’s got a very hot product on it hands with the 2014 Challenger R/T Shaker model as all 2,000 units were snatched up within four days of the order books opening on January 7th.
First seen at last year’s SEMA show , the Shaker edition of the popular Challenger adds the throwback “Shaker” hood scoop and a swanky retro graphics package. The design harks back to the 1970 Challenger R/T that became a cult classic with help from the 1971 film Vanishing Point.
The Shaker hood scoop is perched atop Dodge’s 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 and is free to shake through the open cutout in the Challenger’s hood as the 375 horsepower, 410 pound-feet of torque engine snarls below. The satin-black scoop matches the stripes running along the center of the car and the rear deck-lid spoiler. With the Shaker package also comes the Super Track Pak that includes upgraded steering gear, upgraded brake linings and monotube shocks. Goodyear Eagle F1 tires sized in 245/45R20 are easily morphed into billowing clouds of burning rubber.
Dodge hasn’t given estimates on any performance gains from the Shaker cold air upgrade, but we imagine both the horsepower and torque outputs benefit – even if ever so slightly – from having the Shaker installed. Dodge also isn’t saying whether it will produce more Shaker models to match the obvious demand. Honestly, it would be silly not to. The whole kit adds $2,500 to the price of a Challenger R/T Classic, which brings the base price to $36,995 before any (probable) dealer mark-ups.
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The 2014 Dodge Challenger continues the macho trend of American muscle in the same way it has since its reintroduction in 2008. Three engine options are available along with many, many appearance and retro packages. Starting out, the base Challenger gets Chrysler’s Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6. Making 305 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque, the V-6 makes decent power while getting a respectable 18 city/27 highway.
Hop up to the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 and horsepower jumps to 375 and torque twists at 410 pound-feet. Fuel economy drops to 16 city/25 highway. The top-dog of Chrysler engines is the infamous 6.4-liter 392 HEMI V-8. Available on the SRT version of the Challenger, that HEMI produces a thundering 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. EPA estimates for the 392 are You don’t wanna know city and Who cares highway. Because really, who buys a Challenger SRT to save gas?
Buying a challenger will cost you anywhere between $26,295 and $50,000 depending on engine choice, packages, and options.
Gallery Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker
The new Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker models with their functional throwback “Shaker” hoods are in hot demand as they start making their way to Dodge dealers across the country.
After it was initially introduced at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas in November, Dodge dealers ordered the entire production run for the 2014 Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker in just four days. Dodge received 2,000 dealer orders from January 7 through January 10 after orders were opened.
“Based on this strong initial demand, it’s clear that our customers are excited about the return of the legendary Shaker model, which was engineered for enthusiasts who asked for even more attitude and a dose of muscle car heritage,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO of the Dodge Brand. “The 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine with the unique hood and intake design makes this performance car an instant classic – much like the original 1970 Challenger R/T with the Shaker hood.”
The new 2014 Dodge Challenger R/T Shakers are shipping out of the Brampton (Ont.) Assembly Plant and starting to arrive at Dodge dealerships now. Pricing for this very well-equipped model starts at just $36,995 U.S. MSRP ($37,495 with the custom one-of-a-kind hood-to-tail stripes), representing a walk of only $2,500 from the Challenger R/T Classic for all of the unique features of this limited production model.
The new Challenger R/T Shaker is available in Billet Silver Metallic, Bright White, Pitch Black, Plum Crazy, TorRed and vibrant Header Orange.