2016 Dodge Shakedown Challenger

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The 2016 SEMA Show is upon us and the Las Vegas event is once again packed with hot cars and aftermarket parts. Nearly all major automakers brought at least one new product or concept to SEMA. Mopar is once again among the brands that have set up a booth at the event and, as usual, the FCA-owned company has plenty of concept cars on display. They all have all sort of exciting features to brag about, but none is as spectacular as the Shakedown Challenger.

Although the name suggests we’re looking at a modern Challenger loaded with concept and aftermarket accessories, the vehicle is actually based on a first-generation car. Specifically, Mopar used a 1971 Challenger body and interior for this build. Pretty much a restomod as far as styling goes, the Shakedown rides on modern underpinning and features a large number of parts borrowed from the 2017 Challenger. On top of that, it showcases some of Mopar’s newest concept parts, some of which will be offered as production accessories starting 2017.

Find out what makes the Shakedown Challenger special in our review below and don’t forget to check out other Mopar builds from this year’s SEMA Show, including the Dodge Durango Shaker or the Jeep CJ66.

Exterior

Essentially a modern Challenger in a classic, 1971 body, the Shakedown concept is unique yet so familiar. The Bitchin’ Black paint adds a restomod feel to the car, while a heritage-inspired Shaker hood scoop is accented by a black “Shakedown” badge outlined in red. The gloss-black and gloss-red stripes that hug the hood scoop flow down to the fascia and up and over the roof, creating a livery that reminds me of the Dodge Viper ACR.

Essentially a modern Challenger in a classic, 1971 body, the Shakedown concept is unique yet so familiar.

The headlamps and taillights are taken off the 2017 Challenger, but slightly modified to blend seamlessly with 1971 Challenger proportions. The Satin Black headlamp bezels and taillight surround, as well as the black grille give the muscle car a murdered-out look. The coupe also features a concept rear spoiler and splitter, as well as fog lamp bezels and mirror caps. All these features are based on vintage accessories.

The 1971 Challenger body is shaved, deleting the door handles, drip rails and fuel door, enhancing the clean and modern look. Other highlights include red “Mopar 392” logo decals on the front fenders, black powder-coated Mopar exhaust tips, and concept SRT Hellcat Slingshot-designed wheels measuring 19-inch at the front and 20-inch to the rear.

Interior

The interior is as exciting as the exterior and also brings together vintage and modern elements. The dashboard retains the classic, boxy look, but the gauges have been replaced by Mopar instruments, while the background panel is made from carbon-fiber. The center console, steering wheel trim, and door panels are also gloss carbon fiber, while a black “Shakedown” badge outlined in red is stamped on the dash. Borrowed from the Dodge Viper, the flat-bottom steering wheel is wrapped in black leather and features a custom satin black airbag cover and shroud, as well as red contrast stitching.

Dodge Shakedown Challenger

Borrowed from the Dodge Viper, the flat-bottom steering wheel is wrapped in black leather.

The same combination can be found on the Viper seats, which also boast black Alcantara inserts. The black theme continues on the center console, which includes a leather shift boot capped by an SRT Hellcat gearshift knob and a gloss carbon-fiber base. The muscle car also comes with a custom roll bar and rear seat delete, replaced with netting and a console shelf for racing gear. The fuel cell and lines are stored in the trunk.

Drivetrain

Dodge Challenger

The Shakedown Challenger gets its juice from the naturally aspirated, 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 that is offered in the 2017-model-year coupe. There are no power upgrades, meaning the V-8 cranks out the standard 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of twist. However, the concept car is equipped with a Tremec T6060 six-speed transmission from the Dodge Viper, a Mopar concept cold-air intake, and a Mopar custom exhaust. The custom front and rear suspension lowers the car closer to the road for a more aggressive stance. Stopping power is provided by Brembo SRT Hellcat six-piston front brakes and four-piston rear brakes. Needless to say, this concept car is ready to hit the race track.

Conclusion

Dodge Shakedown Challenger

Judging a restomod contest is incredibly difficult nowadays as there are many builders who design fantastic looking cars. Be that as it may, the Shakedown Challenger is the kind of build that should be advertised as a perfect example of craftsmanship and how to blend classic and modern cues, as well as dress a vintage interior in modern materials. I rarely says this, but the Shakedown is the perfect restomod and it should appeal to both young Challenger enthusiasts as well as elder gearheads that got to see the 1971 Challenger launched as new back in the day. I know Mopar won’t put the Shakedown in production, not even in a very limited series, but such a vehicle would sell like hot cakes, especially if it also came with a Hellcat engine option.

LOVE IT

  • Blends new and old styling cues perfectly
  • Premium interior with lots of carbon-fiber
  • Modern underpinning and race-tuned chassis

LEAVE IT

  • You won’t see it on the road anytime soon
  • A production model would be very expensive

Press Release

The Dodge Shakedown Challenger weaves together design cues from the past and present to create a uniquely original Mopar creation. The blend of yesterday and today is distinctly visible through exterior and interior styling, but comes to throaty fruition under the hood, where new Mopar-powered products — to be revealed later on Tuesday during the Mopar SEMA press event — administer a jolt to the heart of the classic 1971 Challenger.

The Shakedown Challenger drives 485 horsepower to the pavement via a Viper Tremec T6060 six-speed transmission and is further augmented by a Mopar concept cold-air intake and Mopar custom dual exhaust with black powder-coated Mopar exhaust tips. The custom front and rear suspension is lowered, dropping the Shakedown Challenger closer to the road — or to the track — creating a capable performer versatile enough to tackle the street or Pro Touring/Drift-type motorsports competition. Braking power is supplied by Brembo-red SRT® Hellcat six-piston front brakes and four-piston rear brakes.

Dodge Shakedown Challenger

The merging of old-school muscle with the 21st century is quickly evident on the “Bitchin’ Black” exterior, hung on a unique hand-built, one-off frame with a removable body. The Dodge Shakedown Challenger rolls on concept SRT Hellcat Slingshot-designed 19-inch by 9 1/2-inch front and 20-inch by 9 1/2-inch rear wheels, providing a “coiled” stance. A heritage-inspired 1971 Shaker hood scoop is added with help from select parts from the Mopar brand’s modern-day Shaker hood kit, feeding fresh air to the HEMI® powerplant.

The Shaker hood scoop is accented on top with a black “Shakedown” badge outlined in red, tying in neatly with custom gloss-black and gloss-red stripes that hug the scoop and flow down to the fascia and also up and over the roof to the tail, extending around and underneath the valance.

Dodge Shakedown Challenger

The 1971 Dodge Challenger body is shaved, deleting the door handles, drip rails and fuel door, which is relocated to the trunk. The Dodge Shakedown Challenger incorporates concept front headlamps and taillamps from the 2017 Dodge Challenger “massaged” to mesh seamlessly with ’71 Challenger proportions. The headlamp bezels are Satin Black, as are the housing and surround of the tail lamps, which feature lenses trimmed in red. The modern Challenger grille and surround also get the Satin Black treatment, set off by gloss-black grille bezels. Satin Black also colors the concept rear spoiler and chin spoiler, fog lamp bezels and mirror caps. Matching red Mopar 392 logo decals on the front fenders complete the exterior.

Heading inside, the iconic Dodge is further transformed with modern mods. Dodge Viper front seats are re-trimmed in black Katzkin leather bolstered by black Alcantara inserts and red stitching matching the embroidery on the Dodge Viper steering wheel, which features a custom satin black airbag cover and shroud. The black leather shift boot adds additional modern Challenger DNA, capped by an SRT Hellcat gearshift knob. Mopar instrument panel gauges are black, contrasted with the gloss carbon fiber instrument panel cluster trim. The center console, steering wheel trim and door panels are also gloss carbon fiber. A black “Shakedown” badge outlined in red is stamped on the dash.

Dodge Shakedown Challenger

The Shakedown’s potential as a track performer is catered to with a custom roll bar and rear seat delete, replaced with netting and a console shelf for storing racing essentials. The fuel cell and lines are stored in the black-carpet lined trunk.

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