Dodge Goes Plum Crazy with Customization Options For The Challenger and Charger
The Shakedown Package is meant to bring more life to Dodge’s performance machinesby Kirby Garlitos, on
The Dodge Challenger and Charger are two cars that don’t lack in personality. But in times when the names aren’t enough to get your juices flowing, Dodge is adding a cosmetic package that should get your juices flowing. It’s called the Shakedown Package, and it includes plenty of exterior and interior upgrades, all of which were added to make the Challenger and Charger models stand out even more than they already do.
The Shakedown Package does have extensive aesthetic updates, including aggressive accents, interior modifications, and a revival of two of the most classic colors ever given to a Challenger
There’s nothing anybody can do that can make either the Challenger or Charger look like boring church cars. Both machines have fierce personalities, the kind that’s born out of years of testing and development. But that’s not to say either of these two models can’t have a bit more aesthetic fun along the way.
That’s what the Shakedown Package is for. It doesn’t have any power or performance upgrades, but it does have extensive aesthetic updates, including aggressive accents, interior modifications, and a revival of two of the most classic colors ever given to a Challenger. Those of you who are old enough to remember the Dodge Challengers of yore will probably recognize the B5 Blue and Plum Crazy color schemes that were the rage back then. The history of both colors relative to the history of the cars themselves shouldn’t go unnoticed. The B5 Blue color, for example, takes its name from the original paint code that Dodge used on a specific shade of cobalt. The Plum Crazy color, however, dates its lineage all the way back to 1970.
The B5 Blue color takes its name from the original paint code that Dodge used on a specific shade of cobalt
Specifically, the two colors are available on all variants of the Charger and the T/A, T/A Plus, and T/A 392 versions of the Challenger. Together, they join an already eclectic mix of colors that make up Dodge’s High Impact Paint palette. So, in case you’re not feeling Panther Pink, HEMI Orange, Top Banana, Sassy Grass, and Go Mango, the B5 Blue and Plum Crazy colors should get your creative juices flowing.
The two colors complement the other exterior upgrades available on the Shakedown Package: the asymmetrical stripes that run over the car’s body. Just like the two colors, this stylistic treatment has a history of its own, one that dates back to the 1971 Dodge Shakedown Challenger Concept that the company unveiled at the 2016 SEMA Auto Show.
Regardless of the model, you’re going to need to shell out an extra $995 if you want to score a piece of Dodge’s new Shakedown Package option
Inside, the package includes white gauge faces for the instruments and a new Alpine stereo. Opt for the R/T Shaker version and the audio upgrades also include six speakers and a 275-watt amplifier. If that setup isn’t enough, you can get nine speakers with a 506-watt amp on the R/T Shaker Plus and 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker.
Regardless of the model, you’re going to need to shell out an extra $995 if you want to score a piece of Dodge’s new Shakedown Package option. Given what it’s offering, it’s an affordable price to pay to get upgrades with a proper amount of flair and personality.
Read our full review on the 2018 Dodge Challenger.
Read our full review on the 2018 Dodge Charger.