Chrysler Revives Shaker Hoods, "Scat Packs" at 2013 SEMA Show | Edmunds

Chrysler Revives Shaker Hoods, "Scat Packs" at 2013 SEMA Show


Just the Facts:
  • Chrysler is reviving a 1960s muscle-car icon, the "shaker" hood, at the 2013 SEMA Show.
  • Another more obscure Chrysler performance modification of yore, the "Scat Pack," also is being reincarnated for Chrysler's new-age performance cars.
  • Most of Chrysler's aftermarket performance modifications are being channeled through its long-standing Mopar service, parts and customer-care unit.

LAS VEGAS — If you're anxiously waiting for leisure suits to return to fashion, man, has Chrysler got a deal for you. At the 2013 SEMA Show here, Chrysler's Dodge and Mopar brands announced they are bringing back a '60s muscle-car styling icon: the "shaker" hood.

That's right: The 2014 Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker comes front and center with a genuine shaker hood that does just that — as well as acting as a genuine source of induction air for the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 that causes all that shaking.

"Who'd have ever thought we'd see the day a shaker was back on the production line," asked Tim Kuniskis, president and CEO of Dodge, at a media preview event late last month.

Better still, you don't have to buy a brand-new Challenger to get the shaker hood. Through Mopar, it and just about everything else Chrysler has on display at SEMA is available for existing applicable models.

That includes Chrysler's second major aftermarket-performance revival: Starting this year, it's bringing back its "Scat Pack" performance packages, a late-1960s performance-marketing gimmick not well-known to those not steeped in the Mopar performance mystique or part of the 1968-'71 Scat Pack Club.

The new-age scat packs go at performance a little differently, of course. There are three Scat Package kits available for the 2014 Dodge Challenger and Charger (with 5.7-liter Hemi V8s) and the Dodge Dart; the packages include, critically, the necessary engine-management calibration software to most effectively make use of engine-performance hardware upgrades such as the enhanced intake and exhaust components that are typical of the Stage 1 Scat Packs.

For Hemi-powered Challengers and Chargers, Stage 2 and Stage 3 Scat Packs get deeper into the engine and include items such as a performance camshaft in Stage 2 and ported and polished cylinder heads in Stage 3.

For the 2.4-liter four-cylinder Dart, the Scat Pack 1 brings a cold-air intake, a short-throw shifter and performance brakes. Stage 2 gets enhanced engine calibration for premium-octane gasoline and a Mopar "cat-back" exhaust, while Scat Pack 3 includes a Mopar big-brake kit and suspension-tuning upgrades.

At SEMA today, Mopar also unveiled the Mopar '14 Challenger, the fifth in its line of Mopar-optimized limited-edition performance cars. The company said only 100 will be made — previous Mopar limited-edition models were built in runs of 500 — and each will be effectively handmade at the Challenger assembly plant in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, according to each buyer's choice from a menu of numerous Mopar Design accessories installed at the Mopar Custom Shop.

Chrysler said ordering for the Mopar '14 Challenger will begin in March, and shipments will happen in the second quarter of next year.

Edmunds says: Dodge and Mopar continue their unique way of celebrating old-school performance. Hard to take issue with bringing back the shaker hood, right?

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