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Dodge makes widebody exterior available on two new Challenger varieties for 2021

Dodge is extending its widebody styling to more of its lineup.

Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

The Widebody body style has proven popular with customers so Dodge is expanding it to two new Challenger body styles for the 2021 model year. The 2021 Dodge Challenger T/A 392 Widebody and 2021 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Shaker combine the hallmarks of the Widebody design with their respective styling and power packages.

The expansion comes on the heels of Dodge offering up a 807-horsepower Challenger as part of a horsepower infusion to th lineup earlier this year.

2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock The previously-revealed 807-horsepower 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock is a Hellcat-powered straight line racer. Photo courtesy of FCA US LCC

"The Widebody on Charger and Challenger continues to gain traction, making way for wider wheels and tires, which means more grip and faster times at the drag strip," said Tim Kuniskis, Global Head of Alfa Romeo and Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. "Bringing that Widebody capability to the Challenger R/T Scat Pack Shaker and T/A 392 allows us to stick to that successful formula and offer more performance to more members of the Brotherhood of Muscle."

Both cars are powered by a naturally aspirated 392 HEMI V8 that delivers 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and an eight-speed automatic is available.

The 2021 Dodge Challenger T/A 392 Widebody offers a painted Satin Black NACA ducted hood, Satin Black wrap roof and deck lid, roof and deck-lid graphic, T/A body-side stripes, "Air Catcher" headlamps with LED-illuminated T/A logos, black spoiler with 392 logo. Factory-installed hood pins are available.

The car's cabin features throwback design and premium appointments. Its 1971-inspired "tic-toc-tach" gauge cluster features Bright White concave faces and Gloss Black details. The black upholstered performance seats have signature Houndstooth cloth inserts. Heated and ventilated black Nappa leather performance seats with Tungsten accent stitching and embroidered "T/A" logo are available.

The 2021 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Shaker combines the engine compartment extension of the typical Shaker style car with 3.5 inches of extra room to a widebody design. Like its ancestors, the Shaker comes with a Mopar cold-air intake, conical air filter, and optimized air box for improved airflow and performance.

It rides on 20-by-11-inch wheels, has an SRT-tuned chassis, SRT-tuned higher-performance adaptive damping suspension, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters (automatic transmission only), dual-extractor hood, SRT Performance Pages with drive modes, and Line Lock.

The Challenger R/T Scat Pack Shaker Widebody starts at $47,690 and the Challenger T/A 392 Widebody has a starting price of $49,090. Dealership orders are currently open for both. The Shaker is scheduled to arrive on lots in early 2021. The T/A 392 will be at dealerships in the spring.

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Dream job alert

You could become Dodge's Chief Donut Maker

You can apply to become a Dodge ambassador with some great perks.

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One lucky person is about to win the car enthusiast's job of a lifetime, though only for a year. Beginning today, Dodge is accepting applications for its new and temporary Chief Donut Maker

If the title alone isn't enough to make the job sound appealing, the benefits are seemingly endless. The lucky new Dodge "employee" will pick up a $150,000 salary, along with the opportunity to drive an SRT Hellcat company car for the year. Additionally, the winner will participate in all manner of racing and car-related events, take courses at Radford Racing School, and get a load of Dodge-branded clothing.

Dodge is Hiring a Chief Donut Maker www.youtube.com

If you're reading this and thinking it sounds like a blast - you're right. There's a catch, however, which comes in the form of an intense consideration process that culminates in a racing event with a pro driver on a closed course. A panel of judges will evaluate the video entries, and wrestler Bill Goldberg will oversee the race between the top ten finalists. Dodge says the series of eliminations will air like a reality TV show, with the winner being revealed in the final episode.

Today is the opening day of the application period. You have until February 28 to submit your short video, which can be a maximum of two minutes. Get busy making your video and head here to submit it before the deadline.

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What was your best car-related experience this year?

Chris Teague

This year has been a lot of things, but it hasn't been boring. Even if we focus only on the car world, there's plenty to talk about, from microchip-related new vehicle shortages to the wave of new electric vehicles hitting the market. That leaves us with a question for all of you: What was the best or most memorable car moment for you in 2021? I'll get the conversation started.

Porsche Cayenne GTS My SoCal Cayenne śaw snow for the first time in its nearly 200k-mile life last week.Chris Teague

I'd spent a good portion of 2021 wanting a new-old car to drive when I wasn't testing a new vehicle. That's harder than you'd think for someone who thinks, talks, and writes about cars all day, because there are so many interesting, risky, and downright funky options out there in every price range. The added headache for me was that I'd chosen to shop for a "fun" car in one of the most volatile car markets ever seen. Even the extremely high-mileage "untouchable" European cars I wanted to buy were commanding ridiculous prices.

After a solid few months of waffling between various rattletrap Mercedes-AMG, BMW M, and Audi S/RS cars, I landed on an option that had escaped me before: The Porsche Cayenne. First-generation Cayennes are a real bargain now, but the 955/957 (Porsche's internal code for the SUVs) can experience major problems that occur with or without regular maintenance and care. I was determined to buy one, and wasn't overly concerned about mileage, as long as I could count the number of owners on one hand. There was a beautiful 2009 Cayenne GTS with 90,000 miles but nine owners, a gorgeous 2004 Cayenne Turbo with a concerning engine tick, and many more just like them. Finally, I decided to risky-click a 196,000-mile Cayenne GTS in Southern California. It had one owner and one dealer-owner for a month or two prior to sale, its condition looked decent in photos, and I was able to negotiate a reasonable enough price that shipping it from San Diego to Maine wasn't a huge problem.

Porsche Cayenne GTS The pics look great, but hands-on tells another story.Chris Teague

I had two traveling Euro mechanics check the car out, and both confirmed that it was well-worn but mechanically sound, so I jumped. Ten days later, on a snowy, icy, dark Maine afternoon, the Cayenne arrived. Cosmetically, there were a few things the dealer and mechanics failed to mention, but overall, it looked good. The SUV passed Maine safety and emissions testing without problem, got a new set of Michelins, and I was on my way.

Porsche Cayenne GTS I'm in danger, but thankfully this should be a reasonable fix.Chris Teague

A few days of driving revealed what I was really in for. A check engine light revealed a camshaft position sensor error and the Cayenne displayed a nasty vibration at idle. A new sensor and motor mounts, and I'm on my way. I'll update you as more things break or miraculously work, but I want to hear your memories from 2021.

Email me at chris@automotivemap.com, and I will compile the best and most interesting stories for a story on New Year's Day. May you all have a wonderful 2022.

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