2015 Dodge Challenger Shaker Models to Arrive for Spring 2015
When the Chrysler Group introduced the 2015 Dodge Challenger at the New York Auto Show in April, they announced that the awesome Shaker hood package from the limited edition 2014 Challenger R/T Shaker would be available as a much more readily available option. The Shaker hood was only available for the 2014 model year on the Shaker Edition R/T and with the far more limited Mopar 14, but for the 2015 model year, the R/T and the new Scat Pack Challengers will all benefit from what I consider to be the coolest factory hood option in many, many moons. Best of all, unlike 2014, the Shaker hood will be far easier to get a hold of since it isn’t being produced in such limited numbers so everyone who really wants a modern Shaker equipped Challenger should be able to get one for 2015 – but they’re going to have to wait until Spring of 2015.
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For the 2014 model year, the Shaker hood was only available in two limited edition packages for the Challenger R/T with 375 horsepower and 410lb-ft of torque – the Mopar 14 and the Challenger Shaker. For the 2015 model year, Challenger buyers will be able to select the Shaker hood package for both the R/T package as well as the new 392 Scat Pack – which offers 485 horsepower and 475lb-ft of torque. In offering the Shaker hood package across both the R/T and Scat Pack trimlines, it will offer new levels of performance under the protruding hood scoop while the full availability will allow far more prospective buyers a chance of parking a Shaker-equipped Mopar muscle car in their garage.
The only “bad news” for those folks looking to purchase a 2015 Dodge Challenger Shaker model with either the 5.7L or 6.4L Hemi is that they won’t arrive until the Spring of 2015 and while some people will be upset to hear of the lengthy wait for the 2015 Shaker models – the move makes sense for the Chrysler Group and the Dodge brand.
Why Is Chrysler Waiting Until Spring?
Some of our readers who are looking forward to buying a 2015 Dodge Challenger with the 1971 design flavor – right down to the Shaker hood – are likely upset to hear that they will have to wait until next spring . Those folks might think that Chrysler should have just rolled out the 2015 Shaker models at the same time as the rest of the lineup, but the decision to wait makes good sense. Figure that if you look at all of the trimlines for the 2015 Challenger available at launch, there are eight different options – SXT, SXT Plus, R/T, R/T Plus, R/T Classic, R/T Scat Pack, SRT 392 and the mighty SRT Hellcat. That is a whole lot of trimlines for one car, especially considering that this is a refreshed model, so adding the Shaker packages (R/T Shaker, R/T Plus Shaker, 392 Scat Pack Shaker) at launch would have meant that Chrysler had to promote and market a total of 11 trimlines before the dealership launch. That might not sound like much to you, but it is a very heavy load for both the marketing department at Chrysler and the media…and that would leave some models getting lost in the shuffle.
2015 Dodge Challenger Galleries:
The first images of the 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker
Comparison gallery between the 2013 and 2015 Dodge Challenger
The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat in TorRed
The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat in Sublime
Waiting until Spring of 2015 to launch the 2015 Dodge Challenger Shaker models will not only allow them to focus more intensely on the marketing for those unique models, but it will also rekindle the interest around the 2015 Challenger after the initial rush of buyers have gotten their fill. Right now, the 2015 Challenger is the hot new muscle car on the block so everyone is very interested in everything about it – from the new exterior design to the 707 horsepower Hellcat Hemi. However, once cars have starting reaching dealerships over the next few months, the media coverage and consumer interest will fade a bit…and this happens with every new model. Waiting until the Spring will draw the attention of both the media and the consumer market, bringing the refresh Mopar muscle car back into the limelight right at the perfect point in the 2015 calendar to buy a muscle car and go cruising.
The wait for the 2015 Dodge Challenger Shaker models is a bummer, but I love the look of the new Shaker hood design and I believe that it will be well worth the wait.