Dodge has been making a name for itself since the late 1950’s, and since the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, they began their muscle car legacy. From that point on, they developed new terms for all of their special performance car features.
Also known as the “shaker scoop,” a shaker hood has a scoop-shaped unit attached to the air intake of a car engine that protrudes through an opening in the hood. As the engine makes use of air and fuel, the vibration of engine combustion causes the scoop to shake, giving the illusion that the entire car is shaking due to the power of the engine. It was used on many cars, such as the 1969 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet, the 1969/1970 Boss 302 Mustang, as well as the 1970 Plymouth Barracuda before appearing on the 1970 second generation of the Dodge Challenger. Today however, no one thinks of the shaker hood without immediately also thinking of Dodge.
Popularly known as two Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger trims, the term Scat Pack was derived from the term “scat,” such as “Get lost, scat!” and was a play on Frank Sinatra’s “Rat Pack”. The term first started as an advertising strategy to encompass several powerful cars Dodge had come out with in the late 1960’s – The Dodge Coronet R/T, the Dodge Charger R/T, and the Dodge Dart GTS. The logo was a variation of the Dodge Super Bee, released shortly after the aforementioned models, and the group was referred to as “the hive”. Later, for a Dodge model to wear the term “Scat Pack,” it had to be able to run a quarter mile in 14 seconds or less.
This one is a little more simple, used on Dodge vehicles since the 1960s. The term “R/T” stands for “Road/Track,” not “Road and Track,” just the two words with a “slash” as if they were one and the same. This would be because Dodge cars could be found racing in NASCAR and on the streets – the two worlds had collided long ago. To be called an R/T model, a car needed upgraded suspension, tires, brakes, and a more powerful engine, such as the Dodge Challenger R/T being powered by a 375 horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI V8. The term was very popular until SRT rolled around.
An acronym for “Street and Racing Technology,” the term refers to a high-performance automobile group conceived within FCA to build powerful, aggressive vehicles. Initially, this group was called “Team Viper”. You can guess what Dodge model they were developing at the time. Initially, the term “SRT” was used to describe a vehicle with a powerful engine, such as SRT-8 referring to a vehicle powered by an engine with eight cylinders. Next to the Viper, the most powerful engine once found on a Dodge vehicle was a 485-hp 6.4-liter V8 SRT HEMI, also known as SRT 392. Today, the most powerful engine is the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Demon V8 engine, capable of generating as much as 840 horsepower when properly equipped.
Short for “High Impact Paint,” HIP refers to ten bold colors exclusive to the Dodge name that came out in the 1970 model year. They also became linked to Mopar-powered muscle cars, and the entire auto industry tried to catch up, coming out with their own exclusive colors. HIP colors became a part of the Dodge heritage and the brand’s legacy fairly quickly. Today, even without seeing the logo on a vehicle, anyone can spot it’s a Dodge if the paint job is one of the following colors: Bright Green, Butterscotch, Citron Yella, Go mango, Green Go, Hemi Orange, Panther Pink, Plum Crazy, Sublime, or Top Banana.
Have we missed any of your favorite bits of Dodge legacy? Let us know on social media