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2023 DODGE CHALLENGER SHAKEDOWN REVEALED: ONLY 1000 TO BE MADE

The Shakedown Is The First Of Dodge’s “Last Call” Buzz Models

2023 Dodge Challenger Shakedown Last Call Muscle Car
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In 2016, the awesome Dodge Shakedown Challenger concept was on display at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Probably one of the best restomod examples of the Challenger anywhere, it perfectly fused the body of a 1971 Challenger muscle car with a modern chassis, wheels, tires, interior touches, as well as the halo lights, grille insert design and a 485 hp 392 Hemi V8 straight out of a Scat Pack. Complete with a shaker hood, of course. The Shakedown was also colored with standout stripe work that’s instantly recognizable to Mopar fans. The concept was so good, in fact, that Dodge is paying homage to it with the extremely collectable, extremely limited 2023 Challenger Shakedown. It’s the first of the brand’s “Last Call” buzz models that were teased during Speed Week at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan.

2016 Dodge Challenger Shakedown Concept
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2023 Dodge Challenger Shakedown Concept: Details

Only 1,000 copies of the 2023 Dodge Challenger Shakedown will ever be made, and there will be some variation among them, as well. 500 of them will be built in R/T Scat Pack trim in Destroyer Grey, while the remaining 500 will be a R/T Scat Pack Widebody colored Pitch Black. All of them will come loaded with content from the Plus Group, Technology Group, Navigation, Carbon/Suede and Dynamics Package (for Challenger R/T Scat Pack).

The 2023 Dodge Challenger Shakedown can will be identifiable in the following ways:

  • Legendary cold-air-grabbing Mopar Shaker hood and intake
  • “Shaker” underhood decal
  • Red “392” fender graphics
  • “Shakedown” spoiler graphic
  • Shakedown stripe with red accent
  • Black “Challenger” grille badge
  • Unique R/T grille badge
  • 20-by-9.5-inch Low Gloss Black Slingshot wheels
  • 20-by-11-inch Carbon Black Warp Speed wheels (Widebody)
  • Red six-piston Brembo brakes
  • “Shakedown” instrument panel (IP) badge
  • Premium Black Nappa/Alcantara seats with red stitching
  • Red interior accent stitching on IP, console, steering wheel, seats
  • Demonic Red seatbelts
2023 Dodge Challenger Shakedown Interior
2023 Dodge Challenger Shakedown interior.

If you want one, be ready to move quick. The entire 2023 Dodge Charger and 2023 Dodge Challenger model-year run will be allocated to dealerships all at once, and Dodge will provide customers a guide for locating their desired Charger or Challenger at DodgeGarage.com. The info will include information on all 2023 Charger and Challenger inventory at each Dodge dealership.

Ordering information for the 2023 Dodge Charger and Challenger will be announced fall 2022.

The next Dodge “Last Call” muscle car will be announced next week, on August 31. Along with the 2023 Dodge Challenger Shakedown, a total of six special-edition Challenger and Charger models will be revealed through September 21, 2022. The seventh and final 2023 Dodge model — codenamed “1FAST29” — will be revealed at the 2022 SEMA Show in Las Vegas in early November.

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Dodge Challenger Shakedown Concept
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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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