Past Meets Present in the New Dodge Challenger Shakedown Package
Zebras might not be able to change their stripes, but the Dodge Challenger sure can.
Dodge recently announced it will be rolling out a retro-styled Dodge Challenger with racing stripes — the next best thing to a 1970s-era Challenger. The specialized design, known as the Shakedown Package, features a thick, black central stripe with parallel-running stripes that gradually thin out to one side. All the stripes in the new 2018 model are black, marking the only major aesthetic change from the pony car’s 1971 muse. The original ’71 model featured a single red racing stripe in the middle.
The new Dodge Challenger Shakedown thankfully updated its tech since the 1970s. Inside, drivers will find white-faced gauges and a crisp Alpine audio system, in addition to a six-speaker, 275-watt amplifier system available on some models.
The special package will be available only on Challenger models with the shaker scoop hood. These include the R/T Shaker, R/T Plus Shaker, and 392 Scat Pack Shaker.
While all of us here at Rothrock CDJR would love to get our hands on a cherry 1971 Dodge Challenger, those beauties are admittedly hard to come by, and are guaranteed to cost a pretty penny if you happen to find one. Thankfully, the new Dodge Challenger Shakedown gives muscle-car lovers a modern option.