Inside the New Shaker Hood!

A couple years ago I had the pleasure of borrowing a pre-production 2015 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack Shaker from The Factory for several weeks of summertime evaluation. Though the Shaker option returned the previous year aboard the 2014 special edition 5.7 Hemi powered Challenger R/T Shaker, my loaner had the big 6.4 liter Hemi borrowed from the SRT parts bin.

We all know that the Shaker hood first hit the streets in June of 1969 as standard equipment on the 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda. But for unknown reasons Dodge Challenger buyers, even Hemi jockeys, had to cough up an extra $97.30 and check the ordering form box next to option N96 to get the I.Q.E.C.A.G. poking through their hood skins. Short for “Incredible Quivering Exposed Cold Air Grabber”, Chrysler Historical Registry records show that only 408 Challengers (184 in 1970 and 224 in 1971) were factory built with the system. For some contrast, between 1970 and 1979 374,824 Pontiac Firebird Trans Ams were equipped with Shaker hood scoops poking up between the wings of the screaming chicken hood decal. Think about that, over 370 thousand…the vast majority (after 1972) were sealed shut and did absolutely nothing to enhance engine breathing.

So it is amazing to consider that in 2014 alone, the revived Shaker option was installed on almost FIVE TIMES AS MANY Challengers (2,000 cars) as the original 1970-’71 E-body as part of the Shaker edition. Dodge assigned every one of them a special dash-mounted serial number badge to alert passengers who (somehow) missed the awesome spectacle presented by the Shaker bubble poised under their noses.

And so for 2015, availability of the Shaker hood was expanded to the 6.4 liter Hemi powered Challenger Scat Pack edition, like my summer test car. Keep in mind, basic Scat Pack Challengers got the burly 485-hp 6.4 as standard equipment, but they shared the same power bulge style hood used on all other Challengers (except Hellcat). You paid extra for the modern edition of the I.Q.E.C.A.G. How much? I don’t know. Again my car (VIN 2C3CDZFJ5FH500458) was a loner. In fact, when I was done, it was to be returned to Mark Malmstead, a high level brand and media manager within FCA, so I did all I could to keep it sweet and pure.

I even made sure to erase the “top speed attained” marker (163 mph, thank you very much) within the Performance Pages onboard computer system. Okay, so what’s inside that Shaker bubble? Let’s dig in and find out!