Dodge Releases First of Umpteen ‘Last Call’ Challengers

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
dodge releases first of umpteen last call challengers

You may have heard that this is the last model year for the Charger and Challenger as we know them today. As a send-off, Dodge is creating a yaffle of special editions based on past packages or trims – along with allocating the entire year’s run at once. The latter is surely causing dealer principals to talk into their morning hit of cocaine caffeine. 

Here’s the first – a Dodge Challenger Shakedown.

This is the first of seven special editions, to be precise, cars that won’t be available for ordering but instead slipped into the system like Willy Wonka’s golden tickets. Unlike those tix, however, Dodge is committing to publicly listing the dealers which have earned allocation for these cars, a move which will surely send collectors scrambling.

The ‘23 Dodge Challenger Shakedown recreates the Dodge Shakedown Challenger concept which was shown at the 2016 SEMA Show in Vegas. It follows the original’s black-and-red interior and exterior appearance, though ditching some colorways in favor of either Destroyer Grey or Pitch Black. To be specific, 500 of the former will appears as R/T Scat Packs with the latter as 500 R/T Scat Pack Widebody trims. They’re all Shakers, too. Cue up the Barrett-Jackson auction patter in a few years.

All the Shakedown models, wide and otherwise, will come with the R/T Plus Group, Tech Package which includes satnav, carbon/suede interior materials, and a Dynamics Package. The latter shows up in the form of red six-piston Brembo-branded brakes which are of use in a car this heavy. Typical badging alterations are present including different grille jewelry and the Shakedown stripe which traces an outline of the aforementioned Shaker hood as the stripe wends its way over the car. No power increases were announced for the 392 cubic-inch V8.

Half a dozen special-edition Challenger and Charger models will be revealed through September 21, 2022. The seventh and final 2023 Dodge model is planned to be shown at the 2022 SEMA Show in early November. Allocation, when it is finalized later this autumn, will be posted on

[Images: Stellantis]

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  • MaintenanceCosts MaintenanceCosts on Aug 26, 2022

    All the special editions in the world can't make these into good-looking cars.

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    • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Aug 29, 2022

      "It needed Jenny Craig and more glass"

      The car got heavier and outward visibility got worse after your test drive? That's weird.

      (Or were you just not paying attention before you signed the papers?)

  • Secret Hi5 Secret Hi5 on Aug 29, 2022

    "So, I walked into a Dodge dealership and asked for a Shakedown . . . "

  • Kwik_Shift There are no new Renegades for sale within my geographic circle of up to 85 kms. Looks like the artificial shortage game. They bring one in, 10 buyers line up for it, $10,000 over MSRP. Yeah. Like with a lot of new cars.
  • Ribbedroof In Oklahoma, no less!
  • Ribbedroof Have one in the shop for minor front collision repairs right now,I've seen more of these in the comments than in the 30 years I've been in collision repair.
  • Tassos And all 3 were ordered by Fisker's mother. Seriously, given Fisker's terrible record of Failure in the past, only an utter loser, (for example, VGhost or Art Vandelay?), looking for a BEV terrible enough to be a proper replacement of his 11 mile range Fiat 500E, would order one of these. (apart from Fisker's mother)
  • Tassos And all 3 of them were ordered by Fisker's mother.Seriously, after Fisker's DISMAL record of UTTER FAILURE in the past, only a GOD DAMNED MORON would order this one.