The Commemorative Edition Is Like A Greatest Hits Album For The Muscle Car

The Dodge Challenger 50th Anniversary Edition was revealed last month to commemorate the iconic muscle car nameplate, which you can read more about here. The latest news is that now the order books have just opened. Officially, Dodge has kept things quiet, but if you’re keen on getting the color you want (just 70 of each color of each variant will be produced), you better high tail it to your closest Dodge dealer, or at least give them a call.

Deliveries will start in the early spring of 2020.

The Dodge Challenger 50th Anniversary Edition package will be available on GT RWD, R/TR/T Scat Pack, and R/T Scat Pack Widebody models. Pricing for the package starts at $4,995 for the GT model, $5,495 for the R/T, and $5,995 for the Scat Pack as well as the Widebody. Meanwhile, the 2020 Challenger SRT Hellcat and 2020 Challenger Hellcat Redeye models will feature a 50th Anniversary grille badge to celebrate the occasion.

Dodge Challenger 50th Anniversary Edition

Fifty long years ago, the Dodge Challenger entered production, and then it… died. It died five short years after it crashed the pony car party (thanks, OPEC). Then it came back as a front wheel drive fastback, that would have been a lot cooler if power was sent to the rear wheels instead. To that effect, the Challenger died once again. Yet it was never, ever far from the hearts of the True Believers at Dodge. So despite the world’s best efforts to kill this remnant of a supposedly bygone era, the Dodge Challenger has come back again.

Whereas the first-generation Dodge Challenger was cut down in its prime, today’s Challenger continues to fight on in an unrelenting fashion, with the current generation dating back to the 2008 model year. Despite the age, things continue to get even better, with more power, more grip, more packages, and more sophistication to enter the fold during the most gradual (and graceful) progression we’ve observed from a muscle car.

The secret to the recent success of the Dodge Challenger (and Dodge Charger) is simple: bad ass looks, and power. More power, all the time. Where other automakers have overthought the process (whether they will admit it or not), that’s all that is required to stay relevant in this segment.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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