Mopar’s Shakedown Challenger SEMA Concept Blends The Best Of 1971 and 2017 Models

Introducing The 2017 Shakedown Challenger

Updated November 17, 2018

Mopar‘s Shakedown Challenger is a stunning blend of two generations of a car 46 years apart. Starting from a 1971 base and building in 2017 power and tech brings us this SEMA showstopper. Mopar’s vision and dedication to the Dodge Challenger shows off modern and classic as a result.


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The modern touches that revive this classic include 2017 headlights, grille, as well as tails lights. The staggered wheelbase with 19s in the front and 20s in the rear come from a modern SRT Hellcat. The lip spoiler on the rear and front fascia are custom works to further the uniqueness of the car.


It’s not all exterior appearance that’s been updated though, there’s some real power additions as well. Under the hood we see a 6.4L Dodge 485 horsepower V8 turning out the muscle. Pushing the power even higher is a new cold air intake with functional hood scoops. The Shakedown Challenger’s custom built exhaust system makes rumbling music to our ears.


A Viper sourced six speed manual transmission gets the pushrod engine’s power to the rear wheels in a hurry. The Brembo brake system on this Challenger also came from a Hellcat while the suspension is a full custom build.


The interior gets a reworking as well with seating and the steering wheel coming from the Viper. A rear seat delete makes room for the roll bar as well as a parcel shelf that adds to the sleek look of the cabin. Behind those we have the trunk space taken up by a fuel cell and filler. Up to date electronics such as Mopar gauge pods finish off the blend between classic and modern Challengers.


Of all the muscle cars in the SEMA 2016 show, this one stands out as one of the most eye catching. Anyone can see how much work and care went into bringing 1971 and 2017 models together. Without a doubt, Mopar brought their best faces to Las Vegas this year and now we look forward to their SEMA 2017 entries.



James Murrell
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