Centerpiece: "BRUISER" - '14 Mopar Challenger R/T Shaker Special Edition

This time on Centerpiece, we're taking a closer look at, "BRUSER", the 99th special edition example of 100 USDM Mopar '14 Challenger R/T Shakers.

There are special editions, and then there are special editions; this Challenger is an example of the latter. There were only 100 examples created for the USDM, and this particular example is number 99. So, what makes this special edition so special? The low production number should go without saying; however, the biggest feature of this package is arguably the “Shaker Hood.”

All the way back in 1970 & 1971, before the gas crises killed the Muscle Car Era, Dodge and Plymouth decided to punch a hole through the hood of their Challenger and Barracuda to make room for a big ol’ air scoop. This scoop was mounted directly to the engine which resulted in a kinetic design element as the engines vibrated and rumbled in operation. The Chrysler group may have called it the “Incredible Quivering Exposed Cold Air Grabber” at first, but thankfully, the name that stuck was “Shaker.”

Even if the Shaker name did stick, it wouldn’t have matter very much if it was an esoteric option for two production model years in the early 70’s. However, it is important because almost four decades later, the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Concept Car was unveiled with a particular nostalgic homage to its heritage; the Shaker Hood. Concept cars notoriously promise design elements that the production cars can’t deliver, and the Shaker hood was yet another tragedy of an overzealous concept car; the production SRT8 didn’t offer the Shaker Hood.

Fast-forward again six years and the Shaker hood leaves the production line as a crowning hood-jewel of the special edition Mopar ’14 Challenger R/T Shaker. This was the triumphant return of the Shaker Hood. Dodge would continue to offer Mopar Performance Kits for 2011-2014 Challengers equipped with the 5.7L (345”) HEMI engine, and continue to offer the Shaker Hood option for 2015+ Challengers with the same engine. The 99th production Shaker Hood to leave the factory in the twenty-first century can be seen in the images below, be sure to check out the Shaker Hood and the rest of this awesome car!

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