2021 Dodge Challenger T/A 392, R/T Scat Pack Shaker Get Widebody Kit

The Challenger Scat Pack is the gateway to performance

2022 Dodge Challenger GT RWD (near) and 2022 Dodge
2022 Dodge Challenger GT RWD (near) and 2022 Dodge Charger Scat Pack Widebody, with HEMI® Orange appearance package. | Stellantis Media

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The Scat Pack moniker was originally crafted for Dodge’s lineup back in 1968, reports The Drive, but it was resurrected in 2014 as an option for the Dart, Challenger, and Charger. The Scat Pack name allegedly stems from a play on the “Rat Pack” and refers to the brand’s old lineup of raucous muscle cars that included the Charger R/T, Coronet R/T, Dart GTS, and the Super Bee.

Nowadays, the Scat Pack is a couple of trim levels that are placed between the Challenger R/T and Hellcat trims. The Challenger Scat Pack and Scat Pack Widebody trims represent the gateway to performance as they are outfitted with more power and performance modifications than the entry-level SXT and R/T, but are not as extreme as the Hellcat.

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Dimensions and Measurement

Exterior Dimensions Length 197.9 in Height 57.7 in Max Width 75.7 in Front Width 63.4 in Rear Width 63.8 in Wheelbase 116.2 in Ground Clearance 5.2 in Interior Space Seating Capacity 5 seater Front Seat Leg Room 42 in Front Seat Headroom 39.3 in Front Seat Shoulder Room 58.5 in Front Seat Hip Room 55.3 in Rear Seat Leg Room 33.1 in Rear Seat Headroom 37.1 in Rear Seat Shoulder Room 53.9 in Rear Seat Hip Room 47.8 in

Additional Packages

1320 Plus Group $1,795 Power Tilt/Telescope Steering Column, Door Trim Panel w/Ambient Lighting, Black-Edged Premium Floormats, Premium-Stitched Dash Panel 1320 $3,995 Dodge Performance Pages, Drag Mode Suspension, Dodge Alcantara Performance Steering Wheel, 1 Year NMCA/NHRA Membership, Adaptive Damping Suspension, 1320 Illuminated Air Catcher, Tires: 275/40R20 102Y Drag Radial, Nexen Brand Tires, Wheels: 20" x 9.5" Low Gloss Black Drag, 1320 Fender Badge, Driver Floor Mat, Front Passenger Seat Belt Delete, Rear Seat Delete Group, Rear Seat Belt Delete, Front Floor Mat, Cargo Net, Rear Seat Delete, Transbrake, Speed Limited Engine Controller, Passenger Seat Delete, Rhombi 2-Pc Wheel Center Cap, 1320 I/P Badge, Drag Mode Performance Pages Driver Convenience Group $1,390 Locking Lug Nuts, Exterior Mirrors w/Heating Element, Blind Spot & Cross Path Detection, Body Color Exterior Mirrors, Power Multi-Function Foldaway Mirrors, High Intensity Discharge Headlamps Dynamics Package $2,395 Flat-Bottom Steering Wheel, Tires: 275/40ZR20 AS Performance, Brembo 6-Pot Fixed Front Caliper Brakes, Wheels: 20" x 9.5" Forged/Painted Aluminum, Pirelli Brand Tires, Rhombi 2-Pc Wheel Center Cap harman/kardon Audio Group w/Subwoofer $1,795 Trunk Mounted Subwoofer, 18 Speakers Premium Audio System, Surround Sound, harman/kardon GreenEdge Amp MOPAR Interior Appearance Group $475 MOPAR Premium Floor Mats w/Logo, MOPAR Bright Door Sills, Trunk Mat w/Logo Plus Package $2,095 Premium-Stitched Dash Panel, Door Trim Panel w/Ambient Lighting w/ALE Heated Steering Wheel, Power Tilt/Telescope Steering Column Quick Order Package 24G R/T Scat Pack Engine: 6.4L V8 SRT HEMI MDS, Transmission: 8-Speed Automatic (8HP70) *Upon selection of this pkg, the cost of powertrain components will be added* Shaker Package $2,595 Shaker Mounted 392 HEMI Badge, Dash Plaque, MOPAR Shaker Hood, Gloss Black I/P Cluster Trim Rings, Rear Black Spoiler, MOPAR Shaker Intake, Underhood Shaker Decal, Bee Fender Badge, White Face Instrument Cluster T/A Package $3,995 Gloss Black I/P Cluster Trim Rings, Satin Wrap Roof/Decklid, Rear Black Spoiler, MOPAR Cold Air Intake System, Pirelli Brand Tires, Black Grille w/Bezel, Black Satin Painted Hood, 392 Fender Decal, Tires: 275/40ZR20 AS Performance, T/A Spoiler Decal, Wheels: 20" x 9.5" Forged/Painted Aluminum, Illuminated Air-Catcher Headlamps, White Face Instrument Cluster, Rhombi 2-Pc Wheel Center Cap, T/A Bodyside Graphic, Functional Hood Scoop Technology Group $495 Rain Sensitive Windshield Wipers, Auto High Beam Headlamp Control w/DFK Adaptive Speed Control, Forward Collision Warning

V8 Value

And one of the biggest reasons why is its price. When first introduced for 2009, the R/T occupied the sweet spot between the base V6 and the more expensive SRT-8 models and that earned it plenty of takers looking for the middle ground.

In 2015 Dodge Introduced the Scat Pack model, which brought the larger 6.4 liter Hemi from the SRT Challenger but with the less expensive appointments of the R/T. And while many buyers gravitated toward the Scat Pack, the 5.7 R/T is still offered as a budget V8 option.

Looking at the used market, an older model Challenger R/T has a lot of bang for the buck—and even in today’s inflated car market they’ve depreciated a lot quicker than used Scat Packs.

Looking around the classified sites, one can find an early base R/T 5.7 for under $15,000 while lower mileage or better equipped examples climb into the low 20s—quite reasonable for what you get.

Real Muscle Car Character

And it’s really that fun factor that the Challenger R/T does best. If you are looking for to get maximum horsepower and performance from your Challenger, you’ll be better off skipping the 5.7 and going straight to a 6.4 or Hellcat.

Yes, the 5.7 Hemi has plenty of aftermarket potential with both naturally aspirated and supercharger options, but if your goal is maximizing power—you’ll still probably want to start off with one of the larger Hemis. 

But if you are fine with the 5.7’s slightly more modest performance, you can still get the classic Challenger look, Hemi power, the classic V8 sound and even a manual gearbox—all for a relative bargain price.

Before you think about settling for a four-cylinder or V6, consider the under-appreciated “small” Hemi Challenger. 

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Orange stitching embellishes the instrument panel,
Orange stitching embellishes the instrument panel, door uppers and armrest, console lid, shifter boot, and leather flat-bottom steering wheel of the HEMI® Orange appearance package (shown on 2022 Dodge Challenger GT RWD). | Stellantis Media

According to Car and Driver’s testing, the 2022 Challenger Scat Pack was able to get from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds and it blasted down the quarter-mile in 12.5 seconds. For reference, that’s quicker than the Ford Mustang Bullitt, which covered the same distances in 4.4 and 12.8, respectively. As far as pricing, the Challenger Scat Pack starts at $42,225, which is about $6,000 more than the R/T but nearly $20,000 less than the entry-level Challenger Hellcat. So it’s priced well according to its performance level.

That being said, the 2022 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack is the trim level to get if you want to roam the streets with enough gusto to spin the tires at any moment, but don’t need to pull off 10-second quarter-mile times. The current Challenger Scat Pack is a far cry from the Dodge lineup of the 60s, but it carries on the Scat Pack performance heritage just fine.

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