Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker Sold Out in Just Four Days
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.