The beginning of the end for the V8-powered Dodge Charger and Challenger is here. The 2023 Dodge Challenger Shakedown is the first of seven Last call a special edition trim level that will usher in a Dodge combustion-powered muscle car into the history books.
What sets Challenger Shakedown apart from other 2023 Challengers? The difference is purely aesthetic, but Dodge performance fans might recognize the name and appearance of this Challenger. It’s an ode to the 1971 Shakedown Challenger concept car that graced the 2016 SEMA show, to the offset black-red stripe that runs across the top of the car, from the hood to the trunk.
Naturally, the Challenger Shakedown also includes a must-have shaker hood with a rumble shaker intake. Red graphic 392 holding station on the fender, with a special Challenger and R/T badge on the grille. Red six-piston Brembo brakes are visible through the 20-inch wheels, and you’ll find more red trim with black for the interior. A special Shakedown badge is also installed in it.
Dodge will only build 1,000 Challenger Shakedowns in total. The 500 will be a Challenger R/T Scat Pack in Destroyer Gray color with Low Gloss Black Slingshot wheels. The remaining 500 are widened with the R/T Scat Pack Widebody sporting Carbon Black Warp Speed wheels. Pricing for Challenger Shakedown is not yet available; Dodge says the model will arrive in the spring of 2023.
Beyond the seven special edition trims, Dodge announced during its Speed Week revealing that all 2023 Chargers and Challengers will receive Last call plaque under the hood. Production for both vehicles in their current generation is scheduled to end in December 2022; taking the performance mantle for Dodge will be the new Hornet 2023 compact crossover. Dodge has confirmed future iterations of the Charger and Challenger performance will be electric, and we recently got a taste of that future by revealing the Charger Daytona SRT Concept EV.
Next evasion Last call The special edition is scheduled to debut on August 31. In the meantime, jump over to the Rambling About Cars podcast for more on Dodge’s current and future models.