Dodge's new 'Stars and Stripes' Chargers and Challengers are tailor-made for the base parking lot

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If you've ever walked around a military base and thought to yourself: You know what this place really needs? More muscle cars with moto-bumper stickers and American flag stencils — and probably a few more broke E-3s who bought a sweet new ride at 20% APR — then Dodge is here to help.

Introducing the "Stars & Stripes" edition of select 2019 Dodge Chargers and Challengers:


These subtly star-spangled sports cars will debut next week at the New York International Auto Show. According to Dodge's website, the Stars & Stripes special edition rides come with a "satin black and Silver accent center stripe," American flag fender decals, and "20- x 9-inch mid-gloss black wheels and black badging," along with some other add-ons and upgrades to the exterior.


They also come with a number of aesthetic interior upgrades, like "gloss black interior accents, unique black-on-black cloth seats with an embroidered bronze star," a bronze instrument panel, and bronze stitching throughout.


The Stars & Stripes edition is available for an additional $1,995 for the following models: Challenger R/T Scat Pack and Charger Scat Pack; Challenger and Charger R/T models; and Challenger and Charger GT RWD models.

It's kind of a brilliant move on Dodge's part, considering that Dodge Challengers and Chargers are as ubiquitous in military towns as Hooters, pawn shops, and strip clubs.

That said, the upgrade alone is nearly two grand, which is more than an E-3 makes in a single month. So, if you're just looking for a car that screams "thank me for my service," then maybe swing by the base PX and buy a bunch of OIF/OEF bumper stickers and ribbon rack decals for a few bucks a pop instead.

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