By on November 7, 2013

New Mopar ’14 Challenger model revealed: only 100 serialized c

To help celebrate the 100th anniversary of when Horace and John Dodge started selling automobiles in November 1914 under their own brand name after years of supplying Henry Ford with components and rolling chassis, Dodge is going to bring back a feature from its storied past, albeit from a period more recent than when Horace and John walked the floor of Dodge Main. The Chrysler Group’s brand used the occasion of this year’s SEMA show to announce that it will be making 1,000 special edition Challenger R/Ts with “shaker” hoods, as used in Mopar products during the golden age of muscle cars in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It’s called a shaker hood because an engine mounted air intake protrudes through an opening in the hood and shakes from the torque as the engine rocks on its mounts. The limited run of cars will also come with an electronically operated exhaust dump, to allow a more free flowing, and louder, exhaust.

As in the late 1960s, this shaker hood equipped Challenger comes with a Hemi, in this case the 5.7 liter version of the V8. Prices start at $37,990, including delivery, a $2,500 premium for the special hood.

New Mopar ’14 Challenger model revealed: only 100 serialized c

In addition to the Challengers with the shaker hoods, Dodge is resurrecting the Scat Pack Club. No, it has nothing to do with excreta, it was the name of a company sponsored enthusiast group associated with performance equipment sold from 1968 to 1971. The new Scat Pack will include performance kits, available in stages, for the Challenger, Charger and Dart that incorporate custom ECUs, cold air intakes, performance exhaust systems, suspension upgrades and other accessories that can be user or dealer installed. In the muscle car era you had to buy the go-fast gear to get the now quite collectible bumblebee Scat Pack decal. This time around you still have to buy the parts to get the graphic, only this time it’s a badge with the stage number indicated, not just a sticker.

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40 Comments on “Dodge Revives “Shaker” Hood, Scat Pack Club to Help Celebrate Centennial...”


  • avatar
    Bob

    In the picture with the hood open you can clearly see the cold air intake right next to the shaker (if you close the advertisement), so is the shaker hood just for show?

    • 0 avatar
      Shane Rimmer

      It’s probably similar to the shaker system in the Ford Mustang Mach 1 that was available a few years ago. In that system, there were two intake openings and the shaker intake was, mostly, for show, though, Ford claimed it provided marginally more pressure at speed.

    • 0 avatar
      LeadHead

      If you look, you can see a duct going from the shaker to the air box.

  • avatar
    Detroit-X

    There’s nothing more cheesy than a shaker hood, with shaker written on it and still… behind it. What’s next, a vanity mirror on the visor with the lettering: “You Da Man!”

  • avatar
    Kenmore

    Cool as hell.

    Flare jeans, CPO jackets and those leather & wood hair pins girls wore.
    High school hormones are triggered.
    Stupid mistakes in 5..4..3..

  • avatar
    shaker

    I, for one, welcome this development…

    But on second glance, it should probably be called the “Faker” hood.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    Now we just need some more hood mounted tachometers… Oh wait Pontiac is dead.

  • avatar
    Lie2me

    “The legendary Shaker performance hood is back, with its engine-mounted, fully floating scoop and exposed high-flow element that produces cold-air induction — making the new 2014 Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker the real deal,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO of Dodge Brand”

    I guess it’s functional

    • 0 avatar
      jpolicke

      Not sure. “exposed high-flow element that produces cold-air induction” could apply to the exposed air filter in the photo. It would really be pathetic if this is just a glorified plastic engine cover that pokes through the hood.

  • avatar
    BunkerMan

    Why is it that most of Dodge’s recent special editions have some component to make the car (or truck) louder? I mean I love the sound of a V8 as much as anyone else, but 9 times out of 10, I prefer a quiet car.

    • 0 avatar
      bunkie

      Loud pipes save lives!

      Or, at least, that’s what they tell me.

      • 0 avatar
        raph

        Funny story, my brother got pulled for loud exhaust on his car and while the cop was giving him a ticket, a bike rode by with the rider making sure everybody heard him. When my brother asked what about the biker, that’s what the cop told him – ”loud pipes save lives”. My brother asked about his car ( a beetle) and the cop just shrugged and gave him the ticket.

        • 0 avatar
          danio3834

          Interestingly, around here, there is one cop in particular who has a hard on for going after bikes with loug pipes. Whether it be a Harley or a Gixxer. Biker friends of mine tell the exact same story as yours but in reverse, while pulled over, some fart can compact BRRAPPs on by without so much as a blink.

  • avatar
    bfisch81

    Anytime an American company (even one under Italian ownership) can pass 100 years it’s something to celebrate.

    Hopefully the Pentastar will not kill Dodge like GM did to Olds after they hit 100.

    • 0 avatar
      hubcap

      You make it sound as if an American company hitting the century mark is an exceedingly rare occurrence.

      • 0 avatar
        morbo

        For a large company, yes. Generally managerial incompetence can destroy a company after 2, 3 generations top. It takes a rare set of circumstance, wisdom, and luck to survive. Looking at companies that never went bankrupt or were shattered into new companies by anti-monopoly laws (think the Exxons and Verizons of the world) in the last 100 years (as technically Chrysler and GM are both new companies only 2-3 years old now).

        GE
        Ford
        J.P Morgan (Chase)
        CocaCola
        P&G
        IBM

        I’m sure I’m missing some, but most organizations cannot trace back an unbroken production or managerial line more than 2 or 3 generations.

  • avatar
    TMA1

    Kind of embarrassing and tacky that they had to slap the word “shaker” all over the thing. And it might not look so awkward if the Challenger wasn’t so snub-nosed.

    Wish I still had my ’70 Charger. The proportions on today’s Mopars are just all wrong. Oh well, there’s a nice ’67 Satellite hardtop for sale near my mom’s place.

    • 0 avatar
      mechimike

      Buy it, and one of those crate Hemis, drop both off at a competent mechanic, and in a few months you’ll have the best of both worlds for about 2/3 of the cost of this one.

    • 0 avatar
      rudiger

      Yeah, the original versions had the engine call-outs on the sides of the scoop. Would have been nice if they’d been a little more understated and just moved the ‘HEMI’ emblem from the front fenders to the scoop and left the fenders bare. OTOH, the Pontiac GTO had the ‘GTO’ letters in about a half dozen different places.

      Likewise, it’s worth noting that due to today’s much smoother and well-balanced engines, these new ‘shaker’ scoops don’t really do all that much ‘shaking’, certainly not like they used to back in the day with a lumpy cam and non-EFI carbureted engines.

  • avatar
    davefromcalgary

    Maybe the Dart Scat Pack will come with accessible torque under 3000 RPM. That would make it worth buying in the compact market.

    • 0 avatar
      danio3834

      It’s only available on the 2.4L anyway, which has OK pep under 3000rpm.

      • 0 avatar
        davefromcalgary

        Haha, fair enough, but I still cant find a 2.4L Dart locally!!!

        • 0 avatar
          danio3834

          Not sure exactly where you are in Calgary, but a quick search reveals Big 4 has a blue Dart 2.4L 6 speed manual in stock. Other dealers might have them too, that was just the first one I searched.

          • 0 avatar
            davefromcalgary

            Ha! I actually went to Big 4! Asked a salesman about the 2.4L Dart. He didn’t know what I was talking about. They had good popcorn though.

            Do you just search dodge.ca for inventory? I don’t usually shop new cars so I don’t know where to look.

          • 0 avatar
            davefromcalgary

            I found it. 30 grand though seems like a lot of money for a Dart, just for one that can get out of its own way.

            Danio, you obviously know a lot about engines. Could a 1.4L Dart be tuned to provide a nicer driving experience just through engine management? Or would different hardware be required?

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            God 30 grand for a Dart? It’s a little compact vehicle. Don’t pay 30 grand for one!

  • avatar
    Moparman426W

    Cervini has been producing shaker hoods with functional scoops for Challengers for at least 2-3 years now, which is said to be good for 30 horses. My daughter has one on her 1 of 400 made 2010 furious fuchsia SRT8.

  • avatar
    ajla

    A Challenger SRT Core is $10K more than the cheapest R/T and the Charger Super Bee is $13K more than the cheapest R/T. Discounts might make the gap wider.

    I wonder how much these “Scat Pack” upgrades will cost?

    • 0 avatar
      danio3834

      The basic ones probably won’t be too pricey, but the “Stage 3″ setup for the Hemi with CNC ported heads and performance cam cannot be cheap. That stuff is horrendously expensive in the aftermarket for these engines as compared to other more commonly hot rodded motors.

      However, if the cam is big enough and the heads and tune are matched to it, I could see the performace of the 5.7L matching the stock 6.4L. These engines really respond to bigger cams, the heads breathe extremely well.

      If the heads/cam upgrade is fairly radical and costs say, in the 5k range, I could see myself ordering a stripper Challenger R/T with only the TR6060, then doing heads/cam/magnacharger and have an absolutely retarded sleeper.

  • avatar
    April

    Scat Pack Club? Does that mean I will need to retire my Direct Connection T-Shirt? :D

  • avatar
    luvmyv8

    Bring back the 440 6 Pack! (I wish!)

  • avatar
    BMWnut

    Having just read Bark’s review of the V6 Mustang convertible that was fitted with a Shaker stereo system, I am now confused.

    I have a feeling that some trademark lawyer will issue a press release very soon. That might clear things up for me. Or confuse me even further.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    All these custom Dodge products are always:

    1) Add plastic bits and labels.
    2) Make louder.

    I just don’t see the appeal, and it’s pretty classless. Then again, Chrysler is supposed to be the “tasteful” marque, and they have the 300 8-Mile Edition John Varvatos Luxury Kit Package DUB Version II.

    They have about as much taste as Mitsubishi had with their final Diamante.

  • avatar
    seabrjim

    My 68 dart has an unsilenced air cleaner on its 340 and it sounds waaaaaay better when the AVS opens up.


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