This 2015 Challenger SRT sporting a SHAKER hood was spotted testing in the Rocky Mountains and the Shaker hood has been heretofore relegated to the lower R/T trim levels. Will Dodge offer this retro touch to its top-performing trim level?
The prototype caught testing here is wearing the same wheels that debuted on the 2015 Challenger SRT 392. It’s also clearly badged SRT on its tail, although its SRT badge sits between the Challenger’s new tail-lights, instead of on the right side of its rear spoiler as seen on official ’15 Challenger SRT photos. We have now seen undisguised Challenger Hellcat prototypes testing, with its SRT badge in the same position as on this Shaker-hooded prototype. All-in-all this prototype exhibits numerous outward signs suggesting that the test vehicle is outfitted with proper SRT Challenger bits…and then there’s that Shaker hood.
With the arrival of the range-topping, 600 hp Challenger SRT8 Hellcat, the line between the Challenger’s SRT and the R/T trim levels has gotten a bit murkier. A new model, the 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker, has given the R/T trim level access to the same 6.4-liter 392 Hemi V8 as the “entry-level” Challenger SRT model. So if the Shaker hood is available on the 392 Hemi-powered R/T, offering it on the the Challenger SRT seems far more plug-and-play than before, something that might explain the testing revealed here.