The Chrysler brand turns 90 years old next year, the creation of Maxwell Motors, a company that, with numerous fits, starts, mergers, acquisitions, and name changes, went back to 1904. The heritage of Dodge Brothers is, thankfully, much clearer; in 1914, John and Horace Dodge started building their own cars after years of subcontracting for Ford. They developed America’s first mass-produced, all-steel-bodied cars, and a reputation for sturdiness and durability, rocketing through the sales charts and ending up well ahead of Maxwell (even in the early Chrysler years).
Roughly one hundred years later (99), Dodge claims to be America’s youngest and fastest-growing brand, and is celebrating with the 2014 Dodge Charger and Challenger 100th Anniversary Editions. These are set to arrive at dealerships “in the first quarter of 2014.”
The Charger delivers 31 miles per gallon, highway, with the standard Pentastar V-6 engine, with 0-60 times of under 7 seconds; adding the 375 horsepower Hemi V8 brings sprints down below 6 seconds.
Both limited production cars will have exclusive “High Octane” red pearl coat paint, new 20-inch aluminum wheels, commemorative badging, unique key fobs, and a limited-edition owner’s kit and a commemorative book that celebrates 100 years of Dodge heritage.
Dodge Charger 100th Anniversary Edition
2014 Dodge Charger 100th Anniversary Editions are available in Pitch Black, Bright White, Billet Silver, Granite Crystal, Ivory Tri-Coat, Phantom Black Tri-Coat, Header Orange, and for the exclusive High Octane Red Pearl Coat paint. Badges include “Dodge Est. 1914” bar-style front-fender badges and a Dodge “100” logo on the center caps, with body-color rear spoilers and, on Hemis, a red “R/T” grille badge.
New Molten Red or Foundry Black Nappa leather with a custom cloud overprint wraps the sport seats, center console armrest and door armrests. A three-spoke flat-bottom performance steering wheel has die-cast paddle shifters. For an industrial appearance commemorating the Dodge brothers’ trade as machinists, leather-wrapped surfaces are sewn together with brass-colored accent stitching, and accents include Dark Brushed Graphite center console bezels and Liquid Graphite steering-wheel accents.
There are also die-cast “Dodge Est. 1914” badges on front setbacks, an embroidered anniversary logo on floor mats, new cluster graphics with unique black-face gauges and stand-out red “100” mph markers. The EVIC and touchscreen have a unique startup image. Beats audio is standard, with ten speakers and a 12-channel, 552 watt amplifier. The SXT Plus comes with the 3.6 liter V6 (capable of 0-60 in the “low six second range”) while the R/T Plus version uses the Hemi. All 100th Anniversary Editions include sport mode calibration, performance-tuned suspension, and steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters.
The 100th Anniversary Edition is marked at just $2,200 more than the standard SXT Plus or R/T Plus trim levels.
Dodge Challenger 100th Anniversary Edition
There is no vehicle more iconic than the head-turning Challenger, which serves as the perfect foundation to celebrate 100 years of Dodge style and performance. Based on the 2014 Dodge Challenger SXT Plus and R/T Plus models, the new 100th Anniversary Edition pays tribute to the brand’s history in contemporary Dodge style.
Similar to the Charger, the Dodge Challenger 100th Anniversary Edition includes all-new 20 x 8-inch polished five-spoke aluminum wheels with Granite Crystal pockets and matching Granite Crystal grille surround with script “Challenger” badge. To provide contrast, Pitch Black, Bright White, Billet Silver, Granite Crystal, Ivory Tri-Coat, Phantom Black Tri-Coat, Header Orange and an exclusive High Octane Red pearl coat paint are available. For added detail, commemorative bar style “Dodge Est. 1914” front-fender badges and Dodge ‘100’ wheel center caps mark this special edition.
The interior has all-new and exclusive Molten Red or Foundry Black heated Nappa leather sport seats featuring a custom ‘cloud overprint.’ Brass colored accent stitching and die-cast “Dodge Est. 1914” circular badges provide the 2014 Dodge Challenger 100th Anniversary Editions with an exclusive, high-end appearance that also draws inspiration from the machinist heritage of John and Horace Dodge. Adding contrast to armrests trimmed in matching Molten Red or Foundry Black premium
leather are Liquid Graphite center console bezels, steering wheel accents and door handle pulls.
Interior appointments designed to commemorate the brand’s centenary include die-cast “Dodge Est. 1914” circular badges on front seatbacks and an embroidered anniversary logo on premium floor mats. For a touch of style, new bright white gauge faces feature a surprising detail element as the “100” mph indication is marked appropriately in red. Adding even more detail is the Uconnect system’s startup image, evoking the industrious nature of Detroit. Finishing out the interior is a seven speaker Boston Acoustics audio system with 368-watt amplifier, along with Mopar “Challenger” sill plates and bright pedals.
Performance and Challenger are synonymous. The Dodge Challenger 100th Anniversary Edition based on the 2014 Dodge Challenger SXT Plus model features a 305 horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, delivering up to 27 mpg on the highway. Available with a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic, the Dodge Challenger 100th Anniversary Edition based on the 2014 Dodge Challenger R/T Plus offers up to 375 horsepower, 25 mpg highway and 0-60 mph under 6 seconds. Both V-6 and V-8 models include sport mode calibration, performance-tuned suspension and three-spoke flat-bottom performance steering-wheel.
Completing this special model are two unique key fobs, which include a 100th Anniversary Edition jeweled logo on the back side, a customized owner’s kit and a special commemorative book celebrating the 100 years of Dodge heritage.
Available in limited quantities, the 2014 Dodge Challenger 100th Anniversary Edition package is available for a U.S. MSRP of $2,500 more than the Challenger SXT Plus or R/T Plus trim levels, offering tremendous value for all of the unique attributes, including 20-inch aluminum wheels, exclusive Foundry Black or Molten Red ‘cloud print’ heated Nappa leather, flat-bottom steering wheel, Premium Boston Acoustics audio, performance suspension and steering, die-cast paddle shifters and commemorative jewelry.