Dodge Challenger Shakedown Special Edition Is One Of The Final V8s

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Dodge will build 7 different "Last Call" special-edition trims.

  • Dodge announces first of seven special-edition "Last Call" trims
  • Based on SEMA concept from 2016
  • Powered by a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 with 485 horsepower

After announcing its first all-electric muscle car concept, Dodge put V8 fans on notice, informing them of the last call to purchase one of the company's gas-guzzling monsters. Dodge dealers are now taking pre-orders for their final stock of gas-powered muscle cars, with production of the current Challenger and Charger set to end after 2023. To give them a proper send-off, Dodge will release seven special-edition "Last Call" trims, starting with this 2023 Dodge Challenger Shakedown.

The first of seven special Challenger and Charger models that will be revealed through September 21, 2022, the Shakedown is based on an old SEMA concept from 2016. Just like the SEMA car, the production Shakedown features a red and black color scheme with a vintage feel. Only 1,000 examples will be produced, making it quite rare among Challengers.

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The Shakedown trim will have a "Last Call" plaque under the hood, marking it as a final-model-year car. Other Shakedown-specific details include a Mopar Shaker hood, Shaker intake, Shaker under hood decals, "392" fender graphics, a rear spoiler graphic, Shakedown stripe with red accent, unique badges, 20-inch Low Gloss Black or Carbon Black Warp wheels, red Brembo brake calipers, a special instrument panel badge, Black Nappa leather/Alcantara seats with red stitching, Demonic Red seatbelts, and red interior accents.

The 1,000-unit production run will be split equally between standard R/T Scat Pack in Destroyer Grey (a returning color for 2023) and R/T Scat Pack Widebody in Pitch Black variants, with 500 of each available. The standard car gets the aforementioned Low Gloss Black Slingshot wheels, while the Widebody wears Carbon Black Warp Speed wheels.

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Both versions will use Dodge's legendary 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine producing 485 hp. It's unclear if the Shakedown will come with the six-speed manual transmission, eight-speed automatic transmission, or the option of either.

While the Shakedown looks like a slick special edition, we are more excited to see the remaining six Last Call models. The seventh and final 2023 Dodge limited edition will be revealed at the 2022 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, starting on November 1. This version is rumored to be a supercharged Hellcat model that can run on E85 ethanol fuel. Running on E85 would enable the V8 engine to produce around 900 hp, more than any previous Dodge muscle car.

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Back to the Shakedown model at hand, though, which benefits from the Plus Group, Technology Group, Navigation, Carbon/Suede, and Dynamics Packages, so this won't be an inexpensive car. Our rough estimate for a 2022 Challenger with these options comes in around $58,000 to $65,000 (not counting the special-edition touches). And with Dodge dealerships only allotted a certain number of Shakedowns units, we imagine there will be some dealership markups.

No pricing information is available yet for the 2023 Challenger, so interested owners of the Shakedown will have to order it blindly. But these won't be available from all dealers. Dodge previously announced that all 2023 Challenger and Charger derivatives will be pre-allocated to dealers for the year ahead, while these special editions will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis from top dealers, a list of which will be available on


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