By Patrick Rall
Since the modern Dodge Challenger debuted alongside the
Dodge Magnum Dodge Charger, Mopar lovers have been cutting holes in their hood
to make room for a modern take on the vintage “Shaker” hood design. The Shaker hood has appeared in the
aftermarket on just about every modern Mopar – from the Dakota to the Neon to
the Chrysler 300 – but according to Allpar there will soon be a factory Shaker
option. For those who are reading this
but are somehow unfamiliar with the Shaker hood, it is the setup shown above
where a scoop attaches to the engine and pokes through the hood, helping the
engine to suck in the coolest air possible.
During the Chrysler Group dealership convention earlier this
week in Las Vegas, among the unveilings was a Shaker hood system coming to the Dodge
Challenger. It is unclear whether this
new factory-offered hood option will be part of a trimline or special edition
package or if the Shaker scoop and hood system will be offered strictly as an
add-on through the Mopar aftermarket parts catalog. In any case, we can expect a factory quality
Shaker hood setup to be a major success when it arrives.
As a side note, when the original Shaker hood came to the
Chrysler lineup in the early 1970s, it was prevalent on two models – the Dodge
Challenger and the Plymouth Barracuda. With
the recent rumors that the next generation 2-door Mopar muscle car will be
badged an SRT Barracuda rather than a Dodge Challenger SRT8, you have to wonder
if the Barracuda will come with a standard Shaker hood while the parts to build
a Shaker-equipped Challenger will come via the Mopar catalog.