Unleashing of The Dodge Shakedown Challenger at SEMA

Shakedown Challenger Concept 

The past and the present raced to Las Vegas, and arrived at SEMA with a singular vehicle that unites old-school muscle and modern styling to form a new Mopar® HEMI® V8-powered behemoth — introducing the Dodge Shakedown Challenger. 

Dodge Shakedown Challenger // Performance and Capability 

The Dodge Shakedown Challenger was built for the bright lights of Vegas. 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® SRT® Hellcat six-piston front brakes and four-piston rear brakes. 

Dodge Shakedown Challenger // Style and Appearance 

Ready to cruise the strip? Straight off the line, classic muscle car styling merges with the 21st century with 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 V8 powerplant. 

Shakedown Challenger Concept 

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. 

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 taillamps, 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. 

Shakedown Challenger Concept 

Dodge Shakedown Challenger // Interior Design and Details 

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. 

Shakedown Challenger Concept 

Dodge Shakedown Challenger // Engineered for the Track 

The Shakedown Challenger’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. 

Mopar brand’s SEMA footprint includes 14 modified vehicles, 24 parts displays and hundreds of Mopar parts in a 15, 345-square-foot exhibit. In addition to the Dodge Shakedown Challenger, keep an eye out for the Dodge Durango Shaker

Learn more about the full lineup of Dodge vehicles at dodge.com.


  • C. Zelyk
    Posted November 2, 2016 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    This thing is awesome! I hope to see this thing actually running one day! Wish it could be a production car!

  • Joe
    Posted November 2, 2016 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    God, this thing looks so bitchin’! I hope Dodge can somehow adapt this into a production model… I would absolutely love to own one of these – and gladly sell my 2nd born son for it. 1st born might be a little too high 😉

  • David
    Posted November 9, 2016 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    Such a bleak and forlorn exterior color, like an abandoned steel mill, or a gravestone in some decaying cemetery.

  • David
    Posted November 18, 2016 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    The grandest aspect of the Shakedown project: No hideous ‘shark fin’ antenna — Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.

  • Posted November 30, 2016 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    SpeedFactory places its Challenger SRT8 Stage 5 in the 700-horsepower home, but it ran into timid 460 hp and 59.3 mkgf on the dynamometer. This despite the Vortech turbine, water / air intercooler and Corsa stainless steel exhaust with high flow catalysts. What happened? A mistake almost inconceivable, as we would find out later.

    After the enlightening session at K & N, everyone was eager to see how the champion on the dynamometer would be on the test track. Turning fourth-gear cylinders is one thing, but would there be enough grip on the 285 / 30R20 Pirelli PZeros from the Shelby to contain the 644 horsepower on conventional asphalt?

  • George Veinott
    Posted December 6, 2016 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    If something remotely close to this came to the market,I believe Dodge would get orders for 10 thousand overnight.

  • Posted December 22, 2016 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

    Except for a few of my Californian brethren, I’m probably the only one here who actually hopes this thing comes to the US in a sporterized rifle couongnratifi. Then I can buy it nice and cheap like my other Saigas and finally have that 9mm carbine I’ve always wanted. If this thing costs around $400 like other Saigas and runs reliably, I’d be in for sure.

  • Posted December 31, 2016 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    ¡Madre mía Kako! No me resisto a esperar que Tere te comente. Este postre vuestro es una pasada. Esta noche regresa de viaje mi hija “la bombón” tiene este apodo porque fue su primera palabra, fíjate si le gusta el chocolate. Y aunque su tía, “mi amiga” Tere la tiene acostumbrada a estos postrecitos vuestros. Hoy seré yo quien la sorprenda con este manjar. Con tu permiso claro…Un Manjarabrazo

  • Posted January 1, 2017 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    Snygg och härlig LO. Ja, det är sånt här som är så roligt att kunna bevara genom den här hobbyn, blir så roligt att kolla på!Ha en trevlig söndag!

  • Posted January 1, 2017 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

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  • Posted January 2, 2017 at 6:00 am | Permalink

    Yes the rollers were turned on a lathe. Nothing special though, 4 weights from an old technical drawing table. Without a lathe it’s going to be hard to make. the silver suppliers sell a mini ring roller, in the UK that is. Processing your request, Please wait…. Report as: Inappropriate ContentTechnical ProblemOther More details: (Optional)

  • Posted January 10, 2017 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    It’s always a pleasure to hear from someone with expertise.

  • Posted February 13, 2017 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    i would love to be a part of this “game changer”. i have lots of big ideas for my small business but lack the focus to make things happen. and i am SO ready for that to change! also…i would love to be a part of helping others in their journey, even if its just in the capacity of listening to their dreams & giving an encouraging smile. i would love to be a part of the atlanta experience and it would be my pleasure to bring the pastries.

  • Posted February 24, 2017 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    for being so slow to the party here — I was up until early Wednesday morning doing live election coverage for The Arkansas Project and have been quite busy since, prepping for the upcoming general assembly and traveling for

  • Posted March 2, 2017 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    Kudos to you! I hadn’t thought of that!

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