5 things we like about the Dodge Challenger Shakedown (5 reasons we’d rather buy the Ford Mustang Dark Horse)

Since the introduction of the first muscle car, we’ve been fortunate enough to experience some of the most impressive cars in American history. Muscle Cars allow enthusiasts to enjoy a huge amount of power on the road. They are not only beautiful, but also iconic, simple and fun to drive.

With the constant evolution of vehicles, brands love Cleverness and ford aim to provide enthusiasts with memorable and fun muscle car iterations. For the 2023 model year, Dodge is introducing a collection of special edition muscle cars known as the Last Call lineup.

The first version within the line-up is the Challenger Shakedown. It celebrates the iconic 2016 Dodge concept and offers enthusiasts a collectible muscle car. On the other hand, Ford has the Mustang Dark Horse, an all-new 2024 Mustang that aims to unlock new achievements in the Mustang lineup. Here’s everything we love about these new muscle car models.

10/10 Challenger Shakedown: Stealthy Outlook

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For the 2023 model year, Dodge is introducing the “Last Call” lineup. Within this line-up is the Challenger Shakedown variant. Customers can choose from two Shakedown variants – one with the widebody package.

2023 Dodge Shakedown

Both models come in two color options, Destroyer Gray and Pitch Black. Both versions give the Challenger Shakedown a stealthy look. The versions get extra red accents, which makes the Challenger Shakedown stand out from its rivals.

9/10 Mustang Dark Horse: sinister functional styling

Ford Mustang dark horse

The Mustang Dark Horse has some of the standout visual features of any modern Mustang. It introduces a new design language to the Mustang line-up with its dual purpose of track and street performance. The new visual elements are present on the outside and inside.

They help provide a performance focus, hand-in-hand with the mechanical changes made to the Mustang. At the front, the Dark Horse gets dark headlights, a gloss black grille and a unique lowered front bumper. The side has lower side skirts. The back of the Dark Horse gets a fixed rear wing, blacked-out quad exhaust tips and a race-inspired diffuser.

Related: The 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse Is The Most Powerful Yet

8/10 Challenger Shakedown: Commemorative Touches

Dodge Challenger RT Scat Pack - Front
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The 2023 Dodge Challenger Shakedown traces back to 2016 to celebrate the original Dodge Challenger Shakedown concept. It is a modern version of the 2016 Dodge concept thanks to the use of the new Challenger R/T Scat Pack.


Dodge adds some details to the Shakedown, including a “Last Call” plaque under the hood. These details make the Challenger Shakedown a real collector’s vehicle.

7/10 Mustang Dark Horse: Dark Horse Images

Ford Mustang Dark Horse badge

Ford gave it a few visual upgrades to differentiate the Dark Horse from other Mustangs. These visuals include a bold front shadow graphic, Mustang Dark Horse badging on the side sills, fenders and trunk, and a dark anodized Mustang pony on the front of the car.

Ford Mustang dark horse back

The interior features unique Mustang Dark Horse badging on the screens, with Ford adding an individual chassis number for each Mustang. All of this imagery helps make the Dark Horse a more aggressive and sinister Mustang. Ford also offers the Mustang Dark Horse with a unique Blue Ember Metallic paint with a cool dark tint.

Related: 2024 Ford Mustang GT confirmed 480 horsepower, Dark Horse model 500 horsepower

6/10 Challenger Shakedown: Limited Production

2023 Dodge Challenger Shakedown

Since the Shakedown is the first of the seven Last Call models, Dodge will only produce 1,000 units. Half of the Challenger Shakedown models will be in the R/T Scat Pack trim and in Destroyer Gray color.

2023 Dodge Challenger Shakedown third quarter front view
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The other half have an R/T Scat Pack Widebody finish and they come in a Pitch Black color. All of these models get loads of features as standard, including the Dynamics package, navigation, technology group, and so on.

5/10 Mustang Dark Horse: gateway to more models

Ford Mustang dark horse blue front

The introduction of the Dark Horse helps Ford introduce six new racing Mustangs. These Mustangs will compete in multiple series including NASCAR, GT4, GT3 and NHRA Factory X Racing. Ford will also make two special track-only Dark Horse Mustangs available for non-street use and racers only.

Ford Mustang Dark Horse rear

Racing variants include the Mustang Dark Horse S and Mustang Dark Horse R. The Mustang Dark Horse S is for weekend track enthusiasts, while the Mustang Dark Horse R is for racing only. These new models help introduce the new Mustang to competitive racing.

Related: Here’s Why We Can’t Stop Talking About The 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse

4/10 Challenger Shakedown: premium interior

The interior of the Scat Pack Dodge Challenger.
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No limited edition vehicle is complete without some premium details. Dodge will offer the Challenger Shakedown model with a premium interior that sets it apart from its predecessors. One of these unique details is the ‘Shakedown’ badge on the instrument panel.

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Additional interior touches include devil red seatbelts, red accent stitching throughout the interior and premium black Alcantara or Nappa leather seats with red stitching.

3/10 Mustang Dark Horse: Driver-focused immersive cockpit

Ford Mustang Dark Horse Head On

The Dark Horse gets the all-new seventh-generation driver-focused cockpit. This includes a thicker, flat-bottomed steering wheel, anodized silver paddle shifters, a dedicated drive mode button, bright indigo blue accent stitching and much more.

Ford Mustang dark horse side

The driver gets a 12.4-inch digital instrument panel with customizable screens. There’s also a 13.2-inch digital instrument cluster that’s angled slightly towards the driver to create a fully immersive digital experience. These screens give the cockpit of the Mustang Dark Horse the appearance of a fighter jet.

Related: The 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse Is More Than A Track Muscle Car

2/10 Challenger Shakedown: HEMI Powerhouse

Dodge Charger 6.4-liter 392 HEMI V8 engine
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Dodge promises to deliver outstanding performance with the 1,000 Challenger Shakedown models. The Shakedown will boast a 392 HEMI V8 under the hood. As standard, the engine will be available with a standard TREMEC 6-speed gearbox.

6.4-liter 392 HEMI V8
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To provide satisfying shifting, the transmission features a ZH-Sachs 258mm dual disc clutch with a triple and dual cone sync design. Challenger Shakedown owners also have the option of getting the 8-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission.

1/10 Mustang Dark Horse: More athletic V8 engine

Ford Mustang Dark Horse engine

At the front of the all-new Mustang Dark Horse is the new 5.0-liter V8 engine. The engine features piston rods first seen in the Mustang Shelby GT500. This enables the Mustang Dark Horse to deliver the highest level of performance within the new Ford Mustang family.

Ford Mustang Dark Horse front

The engine features numerous visual changes, including a dual throttle body intake design that helps improve engine breathing. With it, it can easily produce 500 horsepower and 416 lb-ft of torque. Ford also offers two transmission options for the Dark Horse; a 6-speed TREMEC manual and a 10-speed automatic with sports paddles.

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