Dodge marking Challenger’s 50th anniversary with more limited edition models
Commemorative Edition adds unique styling bits, and it’s available only with a V8
It may not feel like it, but the original Challenger was released 50 years ago. Dodge is celebrating the occasion by offering a limited-production 50th Anniversary Commemorative Edition model.
The Challenger was first released in 1970 to compete against pony car offerings from Ford and Chevrolet. As with every Mopar product, it gained a cult following because of the wild marketing, bright colours, and performance packages offered from the factory.
Available in R/T, Scat Pack 392, and Scat Pack 392 Widebody flavours, the Commemorative Edition model features a satin black hood and decklid, “Challenger 50th Anniversary” badges on the grille and spoiler, and a satin black fuel-filler door and rear badge. Twenty-inch “Gold School” wheels (measuring up to 11 inches wide on Widebody cars) are standard, with gunmetal Brembo calipers behind them.
Inside the vehicle is a throwback interior that features Alcantara and Nappa leather-faced performance seats with sepia accents and embroidered “50” embellishments. White gauges, an instrument panel with sepia accent stitching, real carbon fibre trim, and a flat-bottom steering wheel finished off the interior.
The icing on the cake is a startup animation in the gauges showcasing a 1970 Challenger.
Dodge had already released a 50th Anniversary Edition of the Challenger back in November, with a build cap of just 1,960 units; 70 examples were finished in each of the seven colours offered. This new Commemorative edition removes that production cap, and adds a new “Smoke Show” colour option.