The highlight of Mopar’s booth at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas was undoubtedly the Dodge Challenger Shakedown Concept. The muscle car is essentially a factory-built restomod, blending vintage Mopar styling with modern day tech for a near-perfect hybrid of old and new.
Mopar engineers started the Shakedown build with a 1971 Challenger body and then began bolting on modern-day performance parts from the Mopar catalogue. The 2017 Dodge Challenger 392 Scat Pack’s 6.4-liter HEMI V8 and Shaker hood scoop were installed, along with the six-speed manual transmission from a Dodge Viper.
Modern Mopar suspension, the wheels and Brembo brakes from a 2017 Challenger Hellcat, 2017 Challenger headlamps and taillights and a front-lip spoiler round out the major cosmetic and performance mods. The interior was also thrust into the 21st century with Viper seats, a Viper steering wheel, a Challenger Hellcat shift knob and Mopar instruments.
The only place to see the Challenger Shakedown is at the 2016 SEMA Show, which isn’t open to the public. Not to fret – Mopar faithful, FCA has uploaded a video tour of the car to its YouTube page and we’ve embedded it above. Be sure to check it out and feel free to let us know what you think of this hot concept in the comments.