2014 Dodge Challenger Shaker
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A Review of the 2014 Dodge Challenger Shaker: The Coolest Special Appearance Package on the Market

I recently had the extreme pleasure of spending time in the 2014 Dodge Challenger Shaker and while some will accused it of being little more than a gussied up Challenger R/T, I think that it is the coolest special edition appearance package on the market today and based on the number of compliments I got on it – so do many other people.

The 2014 Dodge Challenger Shaker is an interesting vehicle. Dodge built 1,000 examples of this special edition package for the 2014 model year and while the unique “Shaker” hood was the center piece of the package, the Challenger Shaker is far more than just a Challenger R/T with a cool hood design. The Shaker is based on the Challenger R/T, but the Chrysler Group design team added a collection of features inside, outside and under the car to allow this 5.7L Hemi powered Challenger to outperform your “average” R/T.

The Challenger Shaker features unique appointments on the inside and a handful of performance features that make it faster while also improving handling, but the most noticeable feature is the Shaker hood which, when combined with the stunning Header Orange Paint, gets the attention of everyone.

The 2014 Dodge Challenger Shaker carries a base price of $38,490 with the inclusion of the $995 destination fee. My test car was fitted with the standard 6-speed manual transmission, sunroof, HIDs and the premium UConnect infotainment system with a Harmon Kardon 18 speaker setup. Also, as a special surprise, this 2014 Challenger Shaker edition was fitted with the Scat Pack Stage 1 kit that adds unique badging, a performance exhaust system, a cold air intake setup and an engine calibration that adds 18 horsepower and 18lb-ft of torque – while also adding $2,195 to the final price. When you add up all of these goodies (which is essentially everything that you can get on the Challenger Shaker shy of the other Scat Pack Stage kits), the price as tested up to $42,665.

The Exterior
The 2014 Dodge Challenger Shaker is, in my opinion, the best looking of the modern Challengers and the Shaker package is the coolest appearance upgrade package offered with any of the modern muscle cars. I am a proud Mopar muscle car owner and I grew up loving the look of the original Shaker Challengers from the early 1970s so as soon as the modern Shaker package was introduced – I was instantly in love.

Shaker front end

For those not familiar with the Shaker hood setup, the large, prominent hood scoop reaching up from the surface of the hood is actually attached the engine and it pokes up through a hole in the hood. They call it the “Shaker” because when the engine revs and moves slightly in the engine bay (as all engines do), the Shaker scoop moves with it. More importantly, the Shaker scoop catches the fresh air coming across the hood and channels it into the cold air intake package that feeds the hungry 5.7L Hemi under the hood. In my opinion, there is no hood setup that is cooler than the Shaker and that is why Ford has used something similar on the likes of the 2003-2004 Mustang Mach 1 as well as older models. This hood alone allows the Challenger Shaker to stand out in a crowd, but some other details all around the exterior help to make this package even more unique.

shaker scoop outside

In addition to the bright Header Orange paint that Dodge could have easily called “Excuse Me Officer Orange”, the Shaker package adds a set of “Scattered” black stripes that start on the hood, run across the roof and down across the trunk lid for a look that you cannot get on any other modern Challenger. The Shaker package also includes a body colored grille surround with a Challenger Classic script logo on the black grille mesh, a gloss black flip up fuel door and unique 20 inch satin silver aluminum 5-spoke rims with black paint pockets.

shaker end

None of the additions after the Shaker hood are all that dramatic, but they all come together with the big, bold, natural lines of the 2014 Challenger to create one incredible looking muscle car. Literally everywhere I drove the Challenger Shaker, I had people stopping me to talk about it and compliment the look. I drive lots of hot new cars and I get lots of people approaching me to talk about said cars, but NONE of them received the positive attention like the 2014 Challenger Shaker. I absolutely love the proportions of the new Shaker hood design and I think that when this option arrives for the next generation Challenger in the Spring of 2015 – it is going to be incredibly popular.

I don’t mean to swoon, but I love everything about the look of the Challenger Shaker limited edition package…and so does everyone else, as these models sold out all 1,000 units in just a few days earlier this year. In short, the exterior design of this unique package isn’t just a home run – it is a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth in a close game.

The Interior
On the inside, the 2014 Dodge Challenger Shaker comes with a collection of unique appointments that include “high performance heated, power leather seats with SHAKER logo in orange and orange contrasting stitching on the dark leather, a similar flat bottom steering wheel to what is used in the SRT Challenger, more custom stitching on the doors, dash and center armrest, a unique infotainment startup screen with the Shaker logo, black trim pieces throughout the cabin, a bright silver pedal kit and an individually number Shaker badge on the passenger’s side of the dash. Really, is it just an appearance upgrade package and the basic layout is similar to what is found in the Challenger R/T Classic, but it goes a long way in giving the cabin a unique look with this beautiful Shaker package.

shaker engine bay

In terms of spaciousness, that is one area where all of the modern Dodge Challengers shine compared to the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro. Unlike the cross town rivals, the Challenger actually has a functional back seat with enough room to seat two normal sized adults. Even with the front seats adjusted to comfortably seat two six foot tall adults, there is enough room for two more adults in the back seat. There isn’t a ton of leg room, but there is more leg room and more head room than you get with either the Camaro or the Mustang. If you want a muscle car that will actually seat four adults comfortably, the Challenger is the only one that can do that and the Shaker models are no exception.

shaker seats

One other aspect of my Challenger Shaker test car that I really enjoyed was the Harmon Kardon 18 speaker sound system that replaces the emergency space tire with a speaker package that offers crisp, clear aftermarket sound system quality regardless of your favorite type of music. It is a pricey upgrade but those folks who want the boom of an aftermarket system without dealing with a seedy stereo shop – this is an option that you will definitely want to include.

The Drive
While the 2014 Dodge Challenger Shaker is based on the Challenger R/T, the 5.7L engine and the 6-speed manual transmission are just about the only features that are the same across the two trimlines. The Shaker comes with all of the components of the Super Track Pak package, including a performance tuned steering setup, a stiff sport suspension package, larger brakes, Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires and a unique three mode stability control system with a full-off mode that allows you to really push this big beast to its limits without the computer stepping in to put a stop to the fun.

shaker side

The result of these additions is a Challenger that provides more acute steering control, improved handling without much compromise in ride quality, significantly improved braking distances and all of the burnouts and drifting that you could ask for thanks to the full-off mode for the stability control. Just having the Shaker package doesn’t make the Challenger any faster than the typical R/T in a straight line, but the Super Track Pak allows the Shaker to outshine the R/T in every other area. Best of all, those performance minded handling features improve the car in every way without making it too rough or too stiff to drive every day. While some factory performance packages can make the car much stiffer and kill the ride quality, that is not at all the case with the Shaker setup so you will love to drive this car whether you are blasting down a desolate country road or cruising across the country on a long road trip.

shaker front on the road

The “normal” 2014 Challenger Shaker comes with the same 5.7L Hemi as the Challenger R/T, with 375 horsepower and 410lb-ft of torque when fitted up to the 6-speed manual transmission. However, my Shaker test car came with the Scat Pack Stage 1 kit that adds a Mopar exhaust system, a Mopar intake setup and a unique engine calibration that helps make the most of these features. The result is an added 18 horsepower and 18lb-ft of torque for a total output of 393 horsepower and 428lb-ft of torque. I didn’t do any timed racing with the Shaker, but I have driven a bunch of modern Challenger R/Ts and I could definitely feel the difference with the Scat Pack Stage 1 kit. Better yet, the Mopar exhaust system has a deep, hearty roar that is much louder than stock under hard throttle – but it is still subtle enough to drive every day and best of all, there is very little “drone” on the highway. Also, unlike some other performance modifications that involve tinkering with the engine computer, the Mopar Scat Pack Stage 1 kit doesn’t impact your warranty so you get the extra power and the added engine grumble without killing your warranty. In other words, I would call the Scat Pack Stage 1 kit a ‘must have’ item for anyone with a Challenger R/T – Shaker or not.

shaker rear close

Of course, when you put all of these features together – the 5.7L Hemi, the 6-speed manual transmission, the Super Track Pak and the Scat Pack Stage 1 kit – you have a 2014 Dodge Challenger that is a total blast to drive. With a good launch and some prompt shifting, 0-60 times will dip into the mid to high 4 second range and quarter mile times reportedly get well into the 13s. On the open road, the Shaker comfortably and effortlessly climbs well beyond any posted speed limit in this country with very little throttle input and with a quick downshift and a stomp of the gas pedal – this car will rocket away from almost any stock vehicle that you will come across on a regular basis. While still being a big, roomy muscle car with a curb weight well over 4,000lbs, the Challenger Shaker will handle tight turns well and longer sweeping highway turns can be executed at very high speeds with confidence.

The Dodge Challenger R/T is great fun to drive, but the Shaker package combined with the Scat Pack Stage 1 kit takes that fun to a higher level. If you want a true muscle car without the big price of the SRT models – the Shaker package and Scat Pack Stage 1 kit combine to create a muscle car that would be worthy of standing shoulder to shoulder with the great American performance cars of the 1970s.

The Final Word
The 2014 Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker might not be the fastest or most powerful muscle car on the market today – it’s not even the fastest/most powerful Challenger – but there is no denying that the limited edition 2014 Shaker package is as vintage-cool as it gets. The only real downside to the Challenger R/T Shaker is that the company only made 1,000 examples and when the order bank was opened earlier this year, they sold out in less than three business days. I am pretty sure that those 1,000 Shaker Challengers were ordered by dealerships; not actually purchase by customers. This means that there is a chance that you could find one on a dealership lot with enough hunting and if you can find one it would be a wise choice to snatch it up as not only is the Shaker one wicked, old school style muscle car…but it is also a limited edition model that is sure to be a collectable down the road.

shaker engine hood up

As is the case with all of the Hemi powered Dodge Challengers, the Shaker package packs some serious horsepower for extreme driving fun and with the addition of the Super Track Pak – this Challenger will allow you to blast down the quarter mile or through your local twisty roads with confidence. That is true of all of the Challenger R/T models and especially of those equipped with the Super Track Pak, but the Shaker setup adds an extra element of style to your high performance driving fun.
The good news is that the Shaker hood setup will be available with both the Challenger R/T and the new Challenger Scat Pack for the 2015 model year with availability slated for sometime next spring so if you cannot find a 2014 Challenger Shaker – you can order a 2015 Challenger Shaker next year. Best of all, the 2015 Shaker package also comes with the 392 Hemi that delivers 485 horsepower and 475lb-ft of torque so in addition to the stunning exterior design of the Shaker package – 2015 owners will also have a shot to get a bunch more power.

shaker high

Finally, any modern Dodge Challenger R/T owner who wants a little more power and a little more audible personality should check out the Scat Pack Stage kits, as I was very impressed with the power increases and the roar of Stage 1…I can only imagine the advantages of Stages 2 and 3. Best of all, you maintain your factory warranty.

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Patrick there were 2,000 2014 Dodge Challenger R/T Shakers made. All were quickly sold out. The reason I know this is 1. I own a white Shaker and the production number is # 1886. It's on a plaque over my glove box. 2. My friend has owned a Chrysler, Dodge dealership for over 50 years. The weight is not 4,000 lbs but 5,300 lbs with a small difference for manual versus auto. Anyway loved the article and I couldn't agree more.
Dr. Gonzalez is correct... but the total number produced is still in question in my mind. I also own a white 2014 Challenger Shaker, #1252, so I know there are more than 1,000. I've seen the number produced erroneously reported as 1,000 in several internet articles. I read somewhere that 2,000 were produced for the U.S. market and another 1,000 were going to Canada. I can't confirm the Canadian reference, though. I was able to order my Shaker from the dealer in March of 2014. The dealer ordered 2 Shakers and I was able to "custom order" the last one in their allotment of 3 vehicles. My invoice reads "This vehicle was built especially for Robert V. Doudna." How sweet is that? As for the weight, the Shaker specifications sheet lists the weight with the automatic transmission at 4,082 lbs.
I doubled check my sticker on the driver side it has my weight at 5,300 lbs. Maybe some of the other owners can check their sticker and post their weight. All the best.
I just checked my sticker. It does say 5300 LB, but it then says Front: 2810 LB Rear: 2819 LB which adds up to 5,620. Hmmmm. Something's not adding up! Is this really the weight of the vehicle??? Hope somebody can shed some light.
I'm not sure how many were made in total, but I own #2011 in plum crazy purple. I absolutely love this car :)
Yeah bout 2000 made cut short for 2015 models. I ordered customer special order it arrived made especially made for me with my name on the window sticker yeah dam.I love it it is a special dream car
i own Shaker #501. I really love my car. I run a Facebook group called Shaker Challenger Owners. Come check us out! We have almost 300 members.
Looking at 2014 dodge challenger with shaker package. ..1800 miles they are asking 34500...is this a good deal
I will definitely check it out. I came across some information on the production numbers that should be more accurate than my earlier post. On the Dodge Challenger Forum they report that 2,000 Shakers were built for the U.S., 125 for Canada, and 100 Mopar 14 Shakers were also built.
I am trying to get information straight on Scat Pack packages for my 2014 Shaker. If I but Scat Pack 2, do I pay the price for Scat Pack one and the additional price to add 2 , a total of over 4100.00? That would mean if you go with Scat Pack 3 it would cost a total close to 10k without installation fees. Trying to get any straight information from dealers is not easy. Thanks
From my understanding, YES, you must have Scat Pack-1 before adding Stage-2... 1 & 2 before installing Scat Pack-3. Seems like there should be a discount if all three are added at once because you would only need the Stage-3 PCM. Information is hard to find.
Wow , I have always loved Dodge. Had a 01 RAM, two 03 Ram's, 06 RAM all 1500 models. Then couples months back a 13 2500 heavy duty ram and once again I was not disappointed. But due to health problems had to sale and change my lively hood. Wanted a hell cat, but found this 14 Header Orange chanllger. I live it and will keep it over my wife any day of the week. Loved it so much that in finding a new line of work. I went from a Master Gardener to working a Dodge as a Sales Representative. Ford, Chevy, sorry but no comparison, Dodge went above and beyond.
We have 2014 Shaker #0150 Plum Crazy Purple with 8990 miles. Looking to sell. Anyone interested? Thanks
I Have #2023 also plum crazy around the same miles but am confused as I thought there was only 2000 made
What options did it come with and how much u want?
I'am looking at a 2014 Challenger Shaker. Does the Super Track pak and Scat pak Stahe 1 kit come on all of the Shakers for 2014? Anyone have the info. I would appreciate it looking at one now.
I was wondering the same thing, can't find any info anywhere about it
My emblem over my glove box reads 0755 it is the orange with all of the extras that were available it is surly a dream to drive and enjoy heads turn were ever I go
I own 2014 Shaker challenger #0436. 5.7L black on black called out as phantom black. Automatic 5 speed scat pack 1. MDS and VVT. Beautiful car. Only comes out on sunny weekend cruises.
I love my 2014 Header Orange. It is exactly like the one in the review. I have taken it to different car shows and everywhere I go, I get many complements for its nostalgic and hard core appearance.
I have #959 and thinking of selling it for a 2018 Scat Pack 392 Shaker. maybe I may want to keep it? Anyone have an opinion as to maybe I want to keep it?
I do not know about 2018 but a 2017 with active exhaust is really sweet. The computer is better with apple play is awesome too. In 2016 the shaker hood became more functional and is really good too. I have a Plum Crazy 2016 RT Shaker Plus fully loaded with all but a sun roof and love it. Technology is amazing since the 2014 which is what I originally was looking for. I put scat pack 1 with magnaflow exhaust on mine which is great but not as good as active exhaust but still awesome. I put Mopar lowering springs and lowered it 1 inch. A scat pack would be nice but gas and insurance would be more too. I also win at car shows but do not like them as much as cruises. Any questions you might have I will be happy to answer as I have really studied these cars.
Mike thanks for reply! Don't have any questions just trying to make up my mind as to whether I want to buy the 2018 Scat Pack 392 Shaker. I owned a 2012 SRT 392 so I know the gas and Insurance will increase! I did like the 392 because if I took it out for a Road trip and set the Cruise the engine would lower down to 4 cyl. which did Help with the Gas mileage. It is a Good motor just wished I would have kept it and would not be buying a 2018 392! lol I would like to keep my 2014 Shaker but Finance's wont allow that! I really like the Purple color! Take Care, Bill