Shaking It Up: FCA Announces The Mopar ’17 Dodge Challengers

The Mopar brand continues the celebration of its 80th anniversary with the introduction of the limited-edition “Mopar ‘17” Dodge Challenger. The Mopar ’17 Challenger is the eighth limited-edition, Mopar-modified vehicle designed and built straight from the factory. In 2010, Mopar started the collectible individually numbered series of vehicles with the Mopar ’10 Challenger which continues to be a well sought after car today. After that, they continued the trend with the Mopar ’11 Charger, Mopar ’12 300, Mopar ’13 Dart, Mopar ’14 Challenger, Mopar ’15 Dodge Charger R/T and Mopar ’16 Ram Rebel.

“Since its birth in 1937, Mopar has evolved from the name of an antifreeze product to a global customer-care brand,” said Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA – Global. “The Mopar ’17 Dodge Challenger, our latest limited-edition vehicle, is a testament to this philosophy, showcasing how Mopar assists owners in personalizing all FCA US vehicles.”

Based off a Challenger Scat Pack Shaker model, the Mopar ’17 will be built in very low numbers and offers a pair of hand-painted, custom show car trim options. Only 80 models will be available in the Pitch Black/Contusion Blue configuration, with another 80 in Pitch Black/Billet Silver; a nod to the 80 year celebration of the Mopar brand. The Mopar Custom Shop went all out on these Challengers to achieve a striking two-tone appearance with either color selection.

The classy-yet-bold bodylines of the Dodge Challenger are used to transition from Pitch Black to Contusion Blue or Billet Silver, providing a seamless transition between colors. A special Mopar 392 logo, also hand-painted on at the Mopar Custom Shop gives a wicked little touch to the front fenders of the car. The exterior is tastefully done with Pitch Black accents. The standard satin black of the Shaker Hood package has been redone in Pitch Black as well as the rear spoiler.

Under the hood, the 6.4L 392 HEMI engine produces 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque. A Mopar cold air intake pumps cold air directly into the big HEMI from the functional Shaker scoop as well as an air catcher duct system via the headlamp. The HEMI power is put to the ground via a six-speed manual transmission. Mopar Shaker specific strut tower braces and caps are silver powder-coated and increase rigidity and handling. For break neck stopping power, four-piston Brembo brakes are employed for the task. The Mopar ’17 rolls on 20×9” wheels with semi-gloss accents and center caps featuring the Dodge logo. The standard chrome exhaust tips have been replaced with Challenger SRT Hellcat black exhaust tips to continue with the black accent theme.

Inside the cabin, the seats have been beautifully wrapped in black leather and alcantara with Tungsten Mopar logos embroidered on the seat backs. Matching Tungsten stitching continues on the seats and throughout the vehicle. To commemorate its limited-edition factor, the Mopar ’17 Challenger is delivered with exclusive content that highlights its prestige and collectability. A special serialized Mopar ‘17 80th Anniversary badge is included under the hood, announcing 1-80 of the Contusion Blue version and 1-80 of the Billet Silver option.

Each customer will receive a special Mopar ‘17 Owner’s Kit, packaged in a custom Mopar box that includes: • Mopar welcome letter • “Birth certificate” with vehicle specifications, date of manufacture and proprietary vehicle number • Hand-signed Mopar ’17 rendering from the FCA US LLC Product Design Office • Special Mopar ’17 booklet • Customized acrylic memorabilia showpiece • Mopar valve stem caps • Mopar-branded items including a Mopar ’17 keychain and a Mopar 80th anniversary badge

The Mopar ‘17 will be available in both the U.S. and Canada, with a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $55,790, excluding taxes and destination fees. They will begin arriving in select dealerships in early second quarter 2017.

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Cody Krueger

Car Feature Editor – Since the age of 4, Cody has been obsessed with everything Mopar. On Christmas of 1998, Cody's parents gave him a rusty '69 Charger shell that his father saved from a field. Cody's garage still features that '69 Charger as well as the additions of a '71 Charger R/T, '71 Super Bee, '73 Duster, '08 Challenger SRT8 and a '13 Ram 3500. Cody can truly and proudly say that he is a true Mopar nut in love with all types of Mopars!

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