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Challenger Shakedown, B5 Blue and Plum Crazy arrive for 2018

by Patrick Rall on

After introducing the world to the 1971 Challenger Shakedown (below) at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Dodge has rolled out a production model with that same name. Starting this week, anyone ordering a 2018 Challenger in R/T Shaker, R/T plus Shaker or 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker form can add the Shakedown package for just $995.

“Dodge//SRT has a rich history of using iconic heritage and high-impact colors and unique graphics to make our vehicles look custom, straight from the factory,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and Fiat – FCA North America. “Whether a customer remembers B5 and Plum Crazy from when they were new in the ‘60s and ‘70s or they’re a new customer today, these paint colors and unique Shaker stripes stand out in the crowd and speak to our customers’ passion for their cars and their love of the Dodge and SRT brands.”

The Shakedown Package

The Challenger Shakedown Concept at the 2016 SEMA Show was a 1971 Dodge Challenger with interior, exterior and drivetrain components from the modern Mopar muscle car. Of course, the 2018 Challenger Shakedown package has nothing to do with the 1971 model, but it does mimic that classic concept car from SEMA.

On the outside, the Challenger Shakedown package adds a unique asymmetrical stripe package that extends from the hood to the roof to the trunk lid, carefully tracing the unmistakable Dodge “Shaker” hood scoop.

2018 Challenger R/T Shakedown

On the inside, the Challenger Shakedown package comes with white-face gauges and a premium Alpine speaker system. In the R/T Shaker, the Shakedown package includes six speakers and a 275-watt amplifier while the R/T Plus Shaker and 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker each come with nine speakers and a 506-watt amplifier.

In other words, the 2018 Challenger Shakedown package is fairly minimal, adding unique exterior stripes, new gauges and a premium sound system, but with a price of just $995, it should be a popular upgrade option for those buyers ordering a 2018 Dodge Challenger with the Shaker hood.

Two Colors Return

In addition to the Shakedown package, FCA has announced that the 2018 Dodge Charger and 2018 Dodge Challenger will be offered across their entire range in B5 Blue and Plum Crazy.

2018 Dodge Charger Scat Pack in B5 Blue

Each of these colors were offered during the brief ordering window for the 2018 Demon, but starting this week, anyone ordering a 2018 Dodge Charger in any trim level can pick either of those two colors. Also, the Challenger T/A, T/A Plus and T/A 392 are immediately available in either of these hues, while the rest of the Challenger lineup will get them later in the 2018 model year as well.

2018 Dodge Challenger T/A in Plum Crazy

We don’t know when people buying a 2018 Challenger in non-T/A and non-Demon form will be able to pick B5 Blue or Plum Crazy, but if you are buying any of the T/A models or any 2018 Charger including the Hellcat – these colors are available for order right now.

Patrick Rall was raised a Mopar boy, spending years racing a Dodge Mirada while working his way through college. After spending a few years post-college in the tax accounting field, Patrick made the jump to the world of journalism and his work has been published in magazines and websites around the world.


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