Dodge Is Going With Military-Inspired Theme to Honor Service Members
Dodge is known as one of the most patriotic car companies in the United States with its commercials, charity work, and branding. In honor of those serving in the U.S. armed forces – Dodge is offering a new special edition appearance package on two of their vehicles. The new look will debut on the muscular Dodge Challenger and Charger and the package is appropriately named Star and Stripes Edition.
“Dodge is known for delivering custom looks straight from the factory. We also have a strong following of buyers who are in the military, as well as many patriotic buyers,” said Steve Beahm, FCA’s head of passenger car brands in North America, to motor1.com. “The Stars and Stripes Edition is an opportunity to deliver a custom look with unique elements that speak to those performance enthusiasts who want to extend their passion for their country to the Charger and Challenger.”
For an additional cost, the Stars and Stripes add some neat touches such as the visible sizeable over-the-top Satin Black stripe with a silver edge outlining on the driver’s side. There’s special badging that identifies the model, and it comes with a beautiful set of 20-inch black wheels. Inside there will be black interior accents with individual black-on-black seats that have a bronze star embroidered on them.
As for the exterior, the tweaks are subtle. They consist of a Silver and Satin Black center accent stripe, Satin Black American flag fender ornaments, bronzed four-piston Brembo brake calipers for Challenger and Charger Scat Packs and a package-specific 20-inch black wheels with black badging. The bronze appearance brake package can be optioned for Challenger GT and the Charger as well as R/T models.
There will be more bronze with accent stitching, and a special badge on the instrument panel found on the vehicles. And of course, you cant have a patriotic vehicle without having the American flag somewhere. The flag will be located outside on both front fenders looking suitably subtle in low-visibility, military-spec black.
The Stars and Stripes edition will be available on the Charger GT RWD, Charger R/T, and Charger Scat Pack. On the Challenger, it will be available on the Challenger, Challenger Scat Pack and Challenger R/T. The only thing changing is the few unique appearances on the vehicle but the performance is staying the same.
What’s under the hood is what is most impressive. The Charger RT and the Challenger come with a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine delivering 375 horsepower. If you want more power, fo with the Challenger R/T Scat Pack which is powered by the 392 HEMI V8 engine and has 485 horsepower.
The Challenger and Charger basic platform was first used in 1997 on the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. However, Dodge keeps finding ways to update the vehicles and keep the customers interested. That’s created an interesting selection- everything from the 700-plus-horsepower and the 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat Hemi V8.
Dodge will offer the Stars and Stripes package in a variety of colors such as White Knuckle, Triple Nickle, Pitch Black, Octane Red, Maximum Steel, IndiGo Blue, Granite Crystal, F8 Green, and Destroyer Grey. Dodge’s “Honoring Those Who Serve” program will offer active military, active reserve, retired military, retired military reserve, and honorably discharged veterans a, within 12 months of their discharge date, a $500 discount on the cars. However, anyone can order the package.
Aside from the Stars & Stripes Editions, Dodge has been working on a few more updates on its Challenger and Charger models. The Charger SRT Hellcat can be ordered with the Painted Satin Black Appearance Package. The package gets you a satin black hood, roof, and decklid which was only previously available on the Challenger.
Dodge is expanding on other models as well. The well-liked Brass Monkey Appearance Package will be available to other Challenger and Charger trims. The pack will include brass-colored, 20-inch wheels and a satin black spoiler, which until now, was only available on the SRT models. From now on, the Brass Monkey treatment can be included on the GT, R/T and, Scat Pack trims.
The automaker has confirmed that both vehicles will be on display at the 2019 New York Auto Show. The show will run from April 19th-28th. They should arrive in Dodge dealerships this summer.
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