2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Shaker: The Best One Of The Family

Amongst the numerous versions of the Dodge Challenger, the most exciting one is undoubtedly the SRT Hellcat. However, driving this car isn’t all that easy: with so much available power, each blip of the throttle is an exercise of constraint. And if the weather isn’t on our side, we must be EXTRA careful to avoid losing control, sophisticated driving aids activated or not.

Even on a dragstrip, it’s pretty hard to blast off fast enough without turning the rear tires into a cloud of smoke. The launch control feature is useless, and we must delicately press on the gas pedal to avoid wheelspin all the way down the quarter mile. Same thing on a racetrack: if we mistakenly dig into the throttle too much before getting back in a straight line, the rear end of the car will break loose and risk sending us directly into the safety barriers.

This is why I’ll try to explain here that the most powerful Challenger isn’t necessarily the most interesting one. That honour goes to the R/T Scat Pack Shaker.

A supporting role
The Challenger Scat Pack Shaker is essentially a direct descendent of yesteryear’s muscle cars, motivated by a naturally aspirated, 6.4-litre HEMI V8 – or if you prefer, 392 cubic inches. Even if it’s not the most powerful of the bunch with 485 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque, it has nothing to fear compared to its rivals. Although a quick-shifting and seamless eight-speed automatic transmission is available, and the quicker gearbox for 0-100 km/h sprints, I obviously recommend the fun-loving six-speed manual.

If some gearboxes give the impression of manipulating the precise mechanism of a long-range sniper rifle, the Challenger’s shift lever operates more like an old shotgun. The throws are stiff and require a firm hand, and we can distinctively feel the gears meshing to one another.

As for equipment, the Scat Pack Shaker more or less mimics the Hellcat’s feature content. It notably includes the same Uconnect infotainment system with 8.4-inch touchscreen, the same sound system and the same heavily-bolstered seats.

One of the distinctive elements of this coupe is the Shaker air scoop that sticks out from the hood. Easily visible from inside the cockpit and directly fixed to the engine, we can watch the Shaker agitate itself by stabbing the gas pedal with the gearbox in neutral. During full-throttle acceleration, we can see it shake and violently return to the centre of its position at each gear change. Although it doesn’t provide any extra performance, this muscle car throwback is a must-have on this type of vehicle.

Usable performance
The Challenger Scat Pack Shaker blasts from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds. That’s less impressive than the 3.6 seconds required by the Hellcat to reach the same velocity, but I guarantee you that testing both versions side by side, you’ll be closer to the Scat Pack Shaker’s number. The latter is not only much easier to launch, but also more reassuring on a closed circuit.

We’ll also mention that the exhaust system has nothing to envy with the Hellcat’s. Its sound at idle is deep and menacing, while the HEMI’s roar at full throttle is, in my opinion, just as melodious as the soundtrack of many an Italian engine.

A real deal
Sold at a base price of $50,895, the Challenger Scat Pack Shaker admittedly isn’t for everyone. However, since it costs $25K less than a Hellcat and that it provides as much – or even more – thrills behind the wheel, I believe it’s the deal of the century. And what style, too!

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