The Dodge Challenger SRT8 has been a welcome arrival for many muscle-car
fans. Willing to overlook its hefty weight for the old-school looks and
meaty Hemi power, they've already purchased just about every car
scheduled to be made for the next year. But Hurst wasn't content to
leave the Challenger alone, and has decided to prep a high-powered
version complete with a collection of Hurst accessories available soon
through Dodge dealers.
The range kicks off with the Challenger Series 2 R/T, which is listed at
$18,350 and pumps the 5.7L HEMI V8 to 352hp (263kW) and 408lb-ft (553Nm)
of torque. In addition to the power upgrade, the package also comes with
a Hurst ‘Hard-Drive’ shifter, 20in polished and forged wheels, custom
graphics and badges, Goodyear Eagle F-1 performance tires, a Magnaflow
stainless steel cat-back exhaust system, a K&N air-filter, Eibach
coil-over suspension and leather trim.
For owners of the 6.1L Challenger SRT8, Hurst offers a Series 2 package
that is listed at $17,450 and boosts output to 437hp (326kW) and
438lb-ft (593Nm) of torque. The rest of the package includes the same
items as the Series R/T kit.
Next in line is the Series 3 R/T 5.7L HEMI kit at $26,750. This boosts
output to 444hp (331kW) and 489lb-ft (662Nm) of torque thanks to the
addition of a Vortech supercharger installed at the factory. Adding this
package to the 6.1L SRT8 brings up the Series 4 stage, which Hurst is
offering at $25,150. Output is rated at 572hp (426kW) and 528lb-ft
(715Nm) of torque.
Rounding out the range is the Series 5 SRT8 6.1L package, which sells
for $33,150 and features the same output as the Series 4 but gets a few
additional goodies such as rear spoiler.
Hurst is also planning a range of other modified Chrysler vehicles,
including a Viper, 300C, Charger and Ram pickup. Already Saleen has
introduced its line of aftermarket superchargers for the Challenger, and
Dodge itself has said the 2009 model will feature a blower to boost
power. The factory-special drag race package car is an example of what
can be done when the factory gets involved in making a truly intense
modified Challenger, but the Hurst model aims at a streetable, somewhat
more tame, design.