We’re looking forward to several aftermarket takes on the Dodge Challenger at this year’s SEMA show. The first one out of the gate fittingly comes from one of the pioneers in muscle car performance.
The 2009 Dodge Hurst/HEMI Challenger starts out with an SRT8 and adds a supercharger that boosts power to more than 500 hp. Other performance modifications include a MagnaFlow exhaust, Eibach springs, and of course, a Hurst pistol-grip shifter. Hurst five-spoke alloy wheels, gold striping, and a special interior with Hurst badges are also in the mix.
If you can’t get in to the SEMA show this November, fear not. The Hurst/HEMI Challenger is actually entering production in early 2009 and will be on participating showroom floors soon thereafter. The car will come in at least three trim levels, said Hurst’s performance vehicles program director Ron Flint. Hurst has not yet released details on production numbers or pricing, but Flint said to expect premiums of $10,000 to $20,000 over base SRT8s. Of course, some dealers are adding this much to the Challenger’s sticker to start with, so you might prepare to pay a bit more than that.