Dodge Brings Back Shaker Hood and TransAm for 2021
Muscle car automaker Dodge is known for its strong history and a heritage of power and style. Back in the day, Dodge was always trying to push the limit of horsepower and what its lineup could do. Today, with the likes of the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye, there is no stopping in sight with the Dodge revving up the engine for the Dodge Durango with a Durango SRT Hellcat trim. Ever since the original Dodge SRT Demon, every year a new iteration of the Challenger comes closer, and with Dodge making the Widebody available for the SRT Hellcat, the Challenger R/T Scat Pack (Widebody), and even adding the Widebody to the Dodge Charger and the Charger Scat Pack, every year we get a little closer. However, with all the excitement, a special trim fell out of the lineup in 2019, and Dodge is bringing it back for 2021. The Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack with Shaker and the Challenger T/A 392 are returning for 2021, and this time with a Widebody package available.
“The Widebody on Charger and Challenger continues to gain traction, making way for wider wheels and tires, which means more grip and faster times at the drag strip…Bringing that Widebody capability to the Challenger R/T Scat Pack Shaker and T/A 392 allows us to stick to that successful formula and offer more performance to more members of the Brotherhood of Muscle.” – Tim Kuniskis, Global Head of Alfa Romeo and Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America
Once only available on SRT Hellcat trims of the Dodge Challenger, the Widebody package is one of the best ways to give a Dodge vehicle the sinister looks of a Hellcat without the high-octane engine or heft insurance bills that follow. Adding 20-inch “Devil’s Rim” aluminum wheels, extended fender flares that are added to the body, a blacked-out rear lip spoiler, and a scalloped hood, the Widebody package is a welcome addition, and bringing back a retro vehicle like the Challenger T/A is that extra bit that reminds us of the strong history of Dodge muscle cars. Oddly enough, the Scat Pack Shaker hood has been missing for several model years, with Dodge putting all of its focus onto its Hellcat lineup. Maybe now other vehicles will have their time to shine before the Challenger is put to rest.
Both, the Challenger Scat Pack Shaker and T/A 392 will be powered by the same naturally aspirated 392 HEMI V8 engine that first made the 392 cubic-inch engine famous – 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque in such a tiny package. The Scat Pack Shaker gets the legendary cold-air grabbing hood for pumping more cold air into the engine and still mimics the “shaking” movement of the powertrain to give drivers a feel of real power when getting behind the wheel. Going with the Widebody package from the start, the 2021 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Shaker Widebody has a starting MSRP of $47,690 (plus destination fee). Dealerships are already taking orders.
If the Challenger T/A, also known as TransAm, feels like a stranger, here’s a little debriefing on what sets the T/A apart from the rest of the lineup. Aside from being a rare model, with only 2,399 ever built, the Challenger T/A has a rich history of racing behind it during the Sports Car Club of America’s (SCCA) Trans Am racing series in 1970. To bring back its legacy while improving its hardware for modern muscle cars, the 2021 Dodge Challenger T/A 392 Widebody adds “Air Catcher” headlamps with LED-illuminated T/A logos, a satin black hood and roof wrap, with T/A body-side stripes and T/A decals on the roof, decklid, and spoiler. A NACA ducted hood design has been implemented to improve the cold air intake of this model, living up to the power of the brotherhood. A 1971-inspired “tic-toc-tach” gauge cluster features Bright White concave faces can be found in the dashboard, drivers get black upholstered performance seats with signature Houndstooth cloth inserts, and if looking to push the luxury and style, factory-installed hood pins akin to the original 1970 model are available, and the interior can come with heated and ventilated Nappa leather performance seats in Black with Tungsten accent stitching and embroidered “T/A” logo (Plus Group). Without the add-ons, the 2021 Dodge Challenger T/A 392 Widebody has a starting MSRP of $49,090 (plus destination fee). Orders will be open for this beauty later in the year (2020).
Excited for Dodge to pull out all the stops for the 2021 Dodge Challenger? Contact us at Aventura Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram about putting in an order for the Challenger Scat Pack Shaker or wait for the legendary Dodge Challenger T/A to make its rightful return to the streets.