Dodge and SRT Offer New Customization Options for Drivers

Dodge and SRT will be offering drivers a bunch of new ways for Charger and Challenger owners to flaunt their muscle cars.

The all-new Shakedown Package is available for the Challenger R/T Shaker, R/T Plus Shaker, and the 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker.  The Shakedown Package adds black racing stripes that trace up the car, starting on the rear decklid and continue over the roof and then around the Shaker hood scoop.  The package also adds white-face gauges on the instrument cluster and gives the audio system an upgraded Alpine audio system.  The Shakedown Package was inspired by the classic 1971 Dodge Shakedown Challenger that wowed the crowds at the 2016 SEMA show.

The Shakedown Package also comes in a variety of colors.  This includes the iconic B5 Blue and Plum Crazy paints.

“Dodge//SRT has a rich history of using iconic heritage and high-impact colors and unique graphics to make our vehicles look custom, straight from the factor,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Brands for FCA NA.  “Whether a customer remembers B5 and Plum Crazy from when they were new in the ‘60s and ‘70s or they’re a new customer today, these paint colors and unique Shaker stripes stand out in the crowd and speak to our customers’ passion for their cars and their love of the Dodge and SRT brands.”

A 1969 Dodge Charger Hellcat?

Nostalgia is a powerful thing in the car world.  When someone gets attached to a certain car, it can hold forever.  When it comes to muscle cars, this is usually very true for drivers.  The 1969 Dodge Charger is one of the all-time classic muscle cars.  What if someone wanted to keep that iconic look of the classic Charger but give it the power of the modern day Charger?  Someone was crazy enough to try and the result is amazing!

The Drive has the break down of the project form Cleveland Power and Performance.  The project is to take the modern 707-horsepower Hellcat engine and get it to work in a 1969 Dodge Charger body.  The biggest hurdle is that the body of the 69 Charger was never meant to handle the Hellcat engine, making it harder than simply swaping engines.  In order to get this to work, there needed to be extensive work done.

Check out the article on the Drive to see the full breakdown of what the process looked like.  And here is the video of the final working product: a 1969 Dodge Charger Hellcat!

 

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Dodge Shows Dodge Demon Allocation Plan

The Dodge Demon is getting ready to hit dealership sales floors.  With the Hellcats being a warning of what can happen when Dodge is unprepared, they’ve put out the gameplan for delivery of the Dodge Demon.

“We learned a lot when we launched the wildly popular SRT Hellcats,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands at FCA.  “We’ve taken that information and created an allocation plan that is clear and concise, builds on Demon’s position as the Dodge/SRT halo and makes it easy for our customers to understand how they can put a Demon into their garage and, ultimately, out on the drag strip.”

Here’s the allocation plan Dodge has planned.  For a dealership to get a Demon, they must have sold more than one SRT Hellcat in the last 12 months.  It will be based on 60 percent SRT Hellcat and 40 percent Charger and Challenger sales performance at the dealership.  On top of those rules, Demons sold at or below MSRP will receive priority scheduling and have lower serial numbers as a result.  Demons sold for a price over MSRP will be produced after priority production is completed.

The Dodge Demon starts at a US MSRP of $84,995 (including $1,700 gas guzzler, excluding $1,095 destination, and the Demon crate unleash price for full power is only $1.

Is the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Overkill?

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

The Dodge Charger Hellcat has always been popular with car fans due to its extreme power.  That 707 horsepower was hard not to get excited about.  That makes it hard not to use extreme comparisons and words when used to describe the Charger Hellcat.  As a writer for MSN Autos put it, the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is “Nuclear overkill.”

It’s clear from his review of the Charger SRT Hellcat that writer Will Sabel Courtney is overwhelmed by it.  One of those is what to use to describe his time with the Charger.  In his own words “It’s hard to avoid nuclear terminology when trying to describe the 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi known as the Hellcat.”  In the end, the word that came out to describe the Charger Hellcat is “overkill.”

Is the Dodge Charger Hellcat too much power for its own good?  It may just be.  The problem with that idea is that I believe the appeal of the Charger Hellcat is the idea of overkill.  It’s a muscle car with as much power poured into it as possible.  That’s what the power of something like this wants.  It’s the fun and the thrill of the drive that is wanted.

Courtney does realize this.  He compares the fun of driving the Charger Hellcat to what it is that makes people wait in line for a ride at a Six Flags.

Check out the review of the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and see if you agree that the Hellcat engine is overkill.

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