Dodge Celebrates 100 Years
With Special Edition Challenger
by Jean-Philippe Blanchard
photos courtesy of netcarshow.com
The Ford Mustang has inspired a number of spin-off pony and muscle cars from other American auto brands. Although the Dodge Challenger was the last entrant in the pony car ranks of Detroit’s Big Three (GM, Ford and Chrysler), its style and spacious design make this vehicle a head turner. To celebrate Dodge’s 100th birthday, they have unveiled the special anniversary edition of the Challenger, with a unique exterior and interior.
Based on the 2014 Dodge Challenger SXT Plus and R/T Plus models, the new Anniversary Edition pays tribute to the brand’s history in contemporary Dodge style. They are bringing back the legendary throwback shaker hood from the debut 1970 model. Many Challenger owners decide to go with bold colors. You can choose from Pitch Black to Bright White, Billet Silver, Granite Crystal, Ivory Tri-Coat, Phantom Black Tri-Coat, Header Orange and an exclusive High Octane Red pearl coat paint.
Similar to the Charger, this edition of the Challenger includes all-new 20 x 8” polished five-spoke aluminum wheels with Granite Crystal pockets and matching Granite Crystal grille surround with script “Challenger” badge. For added detail, the car is marked with “Dodge Est. 1914” front-fender badges and Dodge ‘100’ wheel center caps.
The interior has all-new and exclusive Molten Red or Foundry Black heated Nappa leather sport seats featuring a custom ‘cloud overprint.’ Adding contrast to armrests trimmed in matching Molten Red or Foundry Black premium leather are Liquid Graphite center console bezels, steering wheel accents and door handle pulls. Finishing out the interior is a seven speaker Boston Acoustics audio system with 368-watt amplifier, along with Mopar “Challenger” sill plates and bright pedals.
Of course, many purchase a Challenger for the speed and performance. This particular model features a 305 horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, delivering up to 27 mpg on the highway. Available with a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic. Both V-6 and V-8 models include sport mode calibration, performance-tuned suspension and three-spoke flat-bottom performance steering-wheel.
Completing this special model are two unique key fobs, which include a 100th Anniversary Edition jeweled logo on the back side, a customized owner’s kit and a special commemorative book celebrating the 100 years of Dodge heritage.
Available in limited quantities, the 2014 Dodge Challenger 100th Anniversary Edition package is available for a U.S. MSRP of $2,500 more than the Challenger SXT Plus or R/T Plus trim levels, offering value for all of the unique attributes, including 20” aluminum wheels, exclusive Foundry Black or Molten Red ‘cloud print’ heated Nappa leather, flat-bottom steering wheel, Premium Boston Acoustics audio, performance suspension and steering, die-cast paddle shifters and commemorative jewelry.