Special Edition Challenger Celebrates 80 Years of Mopar
February 10, 2017
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The Mopar brand is continuing its celebration of the brand’s 80th anniversary with the introduction of the limited-edition Mopar 2017 Dodge Challenger.
The vehicle offers a pair of hand-painted, custom show-car trim options. Only 80 models will be available in Pitch Black/Contusion Blue, with another 80 in Pitch Black/Billet Silver-a nod to 80 years of the Mopar brand.
The Mopar ’17 Dodge Challenger also includes Mopar performance parts, accessories, an exclusive owner’s kit and a serialized badge.
“Since its birth in 1937, Mopar has evolved from the name of an antifreeze product to a global customer-care brand,” said Pietro Gorlier, head of parts and service for Mopar. “The Mopar ’17 Dodge Challenger-our latest limited-edition vehicle-is a testament to this philosophy, showcasing how Mopar assists owners in personalizing all FCA US vehicles.”
The Mopar ’17 Dodge Challenger joins an exclusive club as the eighth limited-edition Mopar-modified vehicle delivered straight from the factory. In 2010, the brand produced the first of an ongoing series of limited-edition vehicles, the Mopar 2010 Challenger. Other low-run, factory-produced Mopar rides would follow, including the Mopar 2011 Charger, Mopar 2012 300, Mopar 2013 Dart, Mopar 2014 Challenger, Mopar 2015 Dodge Charger R/T and Mopar 2016 Ram Rebel.
The six-speed manual transmission Mopar ’17 Dodge Challenger also makes a powerful performance statement that enhances the base Dodge Challenger R/T 392, according to the carmaker. The 6.4-liter, 392 HEMI engine pumps out 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque and is augmented by the Shaker Hood package by Mopar, which provides performance gains with a hint of vintage styling. The scoop is embellished with Shaker badging.
A Mopar cold air intake also delivers a performance boost and is aided by an air catcher duct system via the headlamp. The upgrade, inspired by the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, feeds additional cold air into the vehicle, according to Dodge. Mopar Shaker strut tower braces and caps are silver powder-coated and increase rigidity and handling of the Mopar ’17 Dodge Challenger. Four-piston Brembo brakes provide stopping power.
The Mopar ’17 Dodge Challenger features a pair of two-tone custom paint options achieved with an assist from the Mopar Custom Shop. Contusion Blue and Billet Silver hues are pulled from the Dodge brand’s color palette, with the upper portion of the Mopar ’17 hand-painted Pitch Black at the Mopar Custom Shop to achieve the striking two-tone appearance.
The Contusion Blue color conveys a tone-on-tone look, providing a subtle, hiding-in-plain-sight feel at night and a brilliant appearance in daylight, according to Dodge.
Billet Silver offers a more high-impact, high-contrast exterior color. The inherent bodylines of the Dodge Challenger are used to transition from Pitch Black to Contusion Blue or Billet Silver, providing a seamless segue point, according to Dodge.
A special Mopar 392 logo, also hand-painted on at the Mopar Custom Shop, gives an additional custom touch.
The upper exterior is unified with Pitch Black accents. The standard satin black of the Shaker Hood package by Mopar and Shaker Hood scoop surround is painted Pitch Black. The rear decklid spoiler also receives the Pitch Black treatment, and the Mopar Design badge on the spoiler is turned black-on-black.
aluminum wheels (20 x 9-inch) are embellished with semi-gloss accents and center caps feature the Dodge logo. Standard chrome exhaust tips are replaced with Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat black exhaust tips.
Heading inside, performance seats are the star, customized with Tungsten Mopar logos embroidered on the seatbacks, according to Dodge. Tungsten stitching matching the Mopar logo borders the seats and continues throughout the vehicle, touching the door panels and additional interior areas.
Befitting its limited-edition origins, the Mopar ’17 Dodge Challenger is delivered with exclusive content that highlights the vehicle’s prestige and collectability. A special serialized Mopar ’17 80th Anniversary badge is included under the hood, announcing 1-80 of the Contusion Blue version and 1-80 of the Billet Silver option.
Each customer will receive a special Mopar ’17 Owner’s Kit, packaged in a custom Mopar box that includes:
- Mopar welcome letter
- Birth certificate with vehicle specifications, date of manufacture and proprietary vehicle number
- Hand-signed Mopar ’17 rendering from the FCA US LLC Product Design Office
- Special Mopar ’17 booklet
- Customized acrylic memorabilia showpiece
- Mopar valve stem caps
- Mopar-branded items, including a Mopar ’17 keychain and a Mopar 80th anniversary badge
The limited-edition vehicle will be available in both the U.S. and Canada. The Mopar ’17 Dodge Challenger was introduced at the Chicago Auto Show.
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