Dodge is making it a little easier to channel your inner Vin Diesel with some new options for the 2018 model year. Perhaps in an effort to make you forget that the Challenger in its current form is now a decade old, Dodge is offering the Shakedown Package for $995.
The Shakedown Package is inspired by the Dodge Shakedown Challenger Concept that was unveiled at SEMA in 2016. It gives you a cool asymmetrical black exterior racing stripe, white-face gauges, and an upgraded Alpine premium audio system that gets better the higher up you go in the trims.
We reached out to Dodge asking if this new option package would be available for the Charger in the future and we were told "the Shakedown package is exclusive for Challenger models with the Shaker hood," in an email. That includes the Challenger R/T Shaker, R/T Shaker Plus, and 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker. In the R/T Shaker, the upgrade gives you six speakers and a 275-watt amp while the R/T Shaker Plus and 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker get nine-speaker audio and 506 watts.
Dodge is also resurrecting the exterior paint colors B5 Blue and Plum Crazy for both the Charger and the Challenger, but only in the T/A, T/A Plus, and T/A 392 trims for now. These are colors that were offered earlier in the life cycle of these cars as a throwback to old Mopar muscle cars of the 1960s and '70s.
Look, we love having seemingly dozens of factory options for different stripes on our muscle cars and Plum Crazy is one of the best colors and paint names in the business, but it doesn't make the Challenger on the aging LC platform any younger. Every new engine and new stripe package that comes out for the Challenger seems to be an attempt to hold on to relevance until its scheduled next generation finally arrives in 2021. We can’t complain about cool stripes and nice speakers, but we’d much rather have a fully updated car than nostalgia.