America, Dodge Yeah! Stars & Stripes Edition Challenger and Charger Celebrate the Troops

Alexander Stoklosa
Photo credit: Dodge

From Car and Driver

  • Dodge has launched a special patriotic theme for its Challenger and Charger muscle cars, celebrating that the brand has the highest percentage of active military buyers in the industry.
  • The limited-edition models will be available to order in May and arrive in dealerships this summer.
  • The surcharge for the Stars & Stripes Edition starts at $1995.

Remember that Dodge Super Bowl commercial from a few years back depicting George Washington at the wheel of a Challenger coupe, storming the Redcoats on the field of battle while flying a gigantic American flag? As it turns out, our nation's (fictionalized) first president and Revolutionary War hero isn't the only member of the American armed forces that appreciate's Dodge's brash, in-your-face Challenger coupe or its four-door sibling, the Charger sedan. So, to celebrate those men and women in uniform-even those who don't purchase Dodges-Dodge is introducing a Stars & Stripes Edition for its two muscle cars.

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According to the automaker, it enjoys the greatest popularity among American troops in the segments in which its Challenger and Charger compete. That's not hyperbole-it apparently has data to back up the assertion. Of course, that appeal has a trickle-down effect to the Americans those troops defend and serve. As Steve Beahm, Fiat Chrysler's head of passenger-car brands, puts it, "We have a strong following of buyers who are in the military, as well as many buyers who are patriotic." You don't say? Overtly American large cars (albeit built in Canada . . . ) with awesome styling and huge engines making ridiculous power are popular among the 'Murica! set? Shut the front door!

But seriously, it's difficult to look at a Challenger or a Charger and not think, "Hell yeah, U.S.A.!" The Stars & Stripes package, then, which costs $1995 and can be added to the Challenger and Charger R/T, R/T Scat Pack, and GT trim levels, ups the patriotism further with a cool military theme.

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In addition to an American flag fender decal, the kit includes a matte-black body-length stripe, 20-inch gloss-black wheels, black-painted badges, black cloth seats, dark interior trim, and bronze stitching and a little bronze-colored badge on the dashboard. Dodge also embroiders a bronze star on the front seats, a move that could be seen either as presumptuous-servicemen and women are awarded the Bronze Star for exceptional valor and heroism on duty-or tongue-in-cheek, a reference to the heroic muscle of Dodge's vehicles.

Either way, if you feel like signaling your support for the troops in likely the most patriotic vehicles next to Jeep's Wrangler, a Dodge with the Stars & Stripes Edition option seems like a solid choice. Dodge would like to remind active military and veterans that it offers them a $500 military bonus cash incentive on certain purchases or leases.

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