Dodge used the "Shaker" name for the first time in 1970s when it unveiled a special hood for the Challenger . This special Shaker hood featured large air intakes that protruded from an opening in the center of the sheet metal and shook right along with the with the nasty 426 HEMI engine.
Now, the Shaker name returns for the 2014 model year on a limited-run Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker, which is just one of the many models that Dodge and Mopar are showing off at the 2013 SEMA Show .
In the true spirit of the model launched in the 1970s, the new Challenger Shaker features the famed "Shaker" hood with a set of nostrils popping out of the center. It also gains an updated exterior look and the ability to increase the engine’s output with the new "Scat Packages."
The new Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker will rumble their way into showrooms in the first-quarter of 2014 at a a reasonable $36,995. The bad news is that Dodge will only pony up 1,000 units, so get to ordering.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker.
Just like with the model launched back in the 1970s, the new Challenger R/T Shaker features a new "Shaker" hood in satin black, a body-color grille surround and gloss-black fuel-filler door. There is also a new deck-lid spoiler painted satin black that provides increased downforce at high speeds.
Special "Shaker" badges find themselves on both sides of the hood scoop, while a "HEMI" badge rests on the fenders and a "Challenger" graces the grille.
The new Shaker model is only available in six exterior colors: Billet Silver Metallic, Bright White, Pitch Black, Plum Crazy, TorRed and vibrant Header Orange (our favorite).
If you call yourself a Mopar fan and do not get chills from seeing the Shake hood make a triumphant comeback, then you might as well turn in that Mopar Fan Club car, my friend. This is right up there with GM bringing back the Stingray name.
Original Shaker Versus New Shaker
The interior received a hefty upgraded, thanks to new high-performance front seats wrapped in premium Dark Slate Grey Nappa Leather with Sepia accent stitching or Radar Red with Radar Red stitching. In case you need a reminder that this Challenger marks the return of a legend, there is a "Shaker" logo is embroidered on each seat back.
The new Shaker Challenger also received a three-spoke, flat-bottom performance steering wheel wrapped up in leather with black accent finish and integrated vehicle controls. There is also a unique “K-Black” painted instrument panel and center-console bezel, and a "Shaker" numbered dash plaque.
The Challenger Shaker comes standard with a 6.5-inch Uconnect touchscreen, a leather-wrapped center console armrest, an aluminum pistol-grip shifter or a black, leather-wrapped shifter knob and die-cast paddle shifters.
Under its hood, the new Challenger Shaker houses a 5.7-liter, HEMI V-8 engine combined with a Mopar cold-air intake, conical air filter and an optimized air box for improved airflow and performance. Dodge declined to offer up the final performance specs, but it did confirmed that it will deliver more than 400 pound-feet of torque.
The V-8 HEMI engine is mated to either a Tremec six-speed manual transmission as standard, or the optional, performance-tuned five-speed automatic. In both versions the new Shaker can hit a top speed of 155 mph.
|Engine||5.7-Liter HEMI V-8|
|Output (HP @ RPM)||TBA|
|Torque (LB-FT @ RPM)||>400 @ TBA|
|Top Speed||155 MPH|
Suspension and Brakes
The car rides on 20-by-8-inch, polished-face aluminum wheels in a five-spoke design with black pockets and a satin “matte” clear coat.
Along with the rollers, Dodge also added in a performance-tuned suspension with mono-tube shocks, four-wheel disc brakes with performance brake linings, a special steering calibration for quicker response, P245/45R20 Goodyear Eagle F1 Super Car three-season tires and three-mode electronic stability control (ESC) with a "full off" mode for more driver involvement.
The new Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker will be put on sale in the first-quarter of 2014 at a price of just $36,995 — that’s just.$2,500 over the base Challenger R/T Classic. Only 1,000 units will be produced.
The Mustang GT is powered by a 5.0-liter, V-8 engine that delivers a total of 420 horsepower. This output puts it somewhere between the R/T and SRT SRT 8 Challenger versions, but it is definitely not as cool as the new Shaker model.
The Mustang GT has the advantage of being a bit cheaper at $30,900.
Gallery Ford Mustang
The Camaro SS was revised for the 2014 model year with a new exterior look, and updated interior. Under the hood, the Camaro SS retains the 6.2-liter, V-8 engine with 426 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque.
The 2014 Camaro SS is priced from $33,055.
Gallery Chevrolet Camaro SS
Oh what a glorious day at SEMA it is, as the legendary Challenger Shaker makes its return. We are rather shocked that Dodge chose SEMA to debut this model, but we can see the reasoning behind doing so. We’re just happy to see Dodge finally do something worthwhile to the aging Challenger.
- That orange is mind-blowing
- Shaker hood makes us drool
- Only $2,500 more expensive than the Challenger R/T
- Only 1,000 units
- No specifications yet
Gallery Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker
Injecting a fresh shot of heritage into the Challenger lineup, the new 2014 R/T Shaker model features unique throwback muscle-car cues that link directly to Dodge brand’s performance legacy.
As the model name suggests, the legendary “cold-air grabbing” Shaker not only looks good with its Satin Black center-mounted hood scoop, snorkeling up from the engine compartment, it also directs cooler air back into the HEMI® V-8 engine. And like the original 1970 Challenger R/T with the Shaker hood, the new 2014 model continues the Dodge tradition of an engine-mounted hood scoop that “shakes” with the powertrain’s movement.
Designed for muscle-car buffs who can’t help but tinker with their toys, the Challenger R/T Shaker features the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine producing over 400 lb.-ft. of torque, with a functional Shaker hood with Mopar cold-air intake, conical air filter and optimized air box for improved airflow and performance. Lift the hood and enthusiasts will also be treated to an under-hood “Shaker” badge – reminiscent of the 1970s original.
In addition to its driver-selectable sport-mode powertrain calibration, performance-tuned suspension, four-wheel disc brakes and steering calibration, the Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker includes the Super Track Pak, with high-performance steering gear, brake linings and monotube shock absorbers, P245/45R20 Goodyear Eagle F1 Super Car three-season tires and three-mode electronic stability control (ESC) with “full off” mode. All-season performance tires are available at no extra charge.
The new engine setup provides a new factory-designed foundation to maximize three all-new Dodge “Scat Packages,” enabling customers to unleash even more power from their Challenger R/T Shaker.
For a dynamically striking look, a new “Shaker style” Satin Black hood, roof and deck-lid stripe graphics visually translate this Dodge Challenger model’s name, while a Satin Black deck-lid spoiler provides the added downforce needed for 155 mph max-speed runs. For contrast, a body-color grille surround and Gloss Black fuel-filler door are added, while all-new 20 x 8-inch polished-face aluminum wheels with black pockets and a satin “matte” clear coat feature a sculptured five-spoke design. For added detail, “Shaker” badges flank both sides of the hood scoop, while “HEMI” fender badges and a new “Challenger” grille badge in classic script completes the iconic exterior.
On the inside, the new Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker features a unique three-spoke flat-bottom leather-wrapped performance steering wheel with black accent finish and integrated vehicle controls. Corresponding with the steering wheel is a unique “K-Black” painted instrument panel and center-console bezel for a discrete look. Matching the “Shaker” numbered dash plaque are door bolsters with graduated accent stitching that mirrors the logo’s artistic reverberation. High-performance front seats with aggressive bolsters in premium Nappa Leather in Dark Slate Gray with Sepia accent stitching or Radar Red with Radar Red stitching, feature the “Shaker” logo embroidered on the seat back, along with unique graduated horizontal plow-throughs. For additional detail, the center console armrest is also leather wrapped and finished with accent thread. The aluminum pistol-grip shifter mated to a track-proven Tremec six-speed manual transmission is standard, while a black leather-wrapped shift-knob and die-cast paddle shifters on the back of the steering wheel are available for those who opt for the performance-tuned five-speed automatic.
Adding to the customized interior environment, with one press of the start button, the Shaker logo appears on the available 6.5-inch Uconnect touchscreen.
The new 2014 Challenger R/T Shaker will arrive at Dodge dealerships in the first-quarter of 2014 with pricing for this very well-equipped model starting 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.