• Nov 4, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of the Hurst HEMI Challenger

George Hurst's mission was to make hot rods for gentlemen. The new Hurst, in the body of the new Challenger, has carried on George's mission admirably. This particular blogger isn't wasn't even a Challenger fan, and then we laid eyes on the Hurst Hemi Challenger, and, like the Grinch, our heart grew three sizes. It's available in four levels, from a 5.7-liter HEMI Challenger to a fire-breathing 6.1-liter supercharged HEMI underneath a MOPAR hood. And when you get to those upper reaches, then you can avail yourself of that Hurst paint job and a car that will do those mammoth wheels justice. We were told the Stage 4 puts out 530 hp at the rear wheels. Which means the car will be waiting for you to it justice as well. Check out the gallery of high-res photos below, and see if your heart doesn't grow a bit as well.



PRESS RELEASE

Chatsworth, California - HURST is one of the most recognized and revered names in the history of performance automobiles. The HURST brand has long been synonymous with speed, performance and quality, with an impressive track-record of pioneering performance products for all forms of motorsports and hot-rodding. HURST was one of the first to partner with the OEMs and bring enthusiasts limited edition performance vehicles like the legendary HURST/Olds 442.

HURST is at it again! The newest creation to be rolled out to continue the tradition is the 2009 HURST/HEMI® Challenger. Starting with the HEMI® powered Dodge Challenger SRT8, HURST takes it to the next level as a 500+ HP supercharged limited edition built and tuned by the best in the business.

Nate Shelton, Chairman of HURST, is committed to delivering the value that HURST is known for; "The new HURST/HEMI® Challenger is more than just another muscle car. It epitomizes the performance industries tradition of taking the best Detroit has to offer and adding 21st century performance parts to make your ride faster and cooler than the other guys. HURST has a long history of doing just that with guys like Don Garlits, Warren Johnson, Dick Landy and even celebrity racers Steve McQueen and Jim Garner. The new HURST/HEMI® Challenger is the first of many HURST Performance Vehicles to come. We are ready to make some more history."

HURST has partnered with some of the best companies in the industry to create a collectible limited edition muscle car with the looks, attitude and credentials to back it up. The HURST/HEMI® Challenger will be available in four Stages of performance trim through participating Dodge dealerships. The details are iconic and impressive; the huge polished five-spoke HURST alloy wheels and the "Pistol-Grip" HURST shifter are inspired by the originals that helped make HURST the legendary brand that it is today.

HURST Performance Vehicles Program Director Ron Flint adds "The legacy of the HURST brand gives us a huge advantage and it sets the bar very high for our team. Our goal is simple; create serious driveway-envy in your neighborhood."

The HURST/HEMI® Challenger makes its debut at the trade-only SEMA Show in Las Vegas this November. Vehicle production is slated for early 2009.

2009 HURST/HEMI® CHALLENGER

SERIES 1
R/T 5.7 HEMI®
Hurst "Pistol-Grip" shifter
Hurst 20" polished forged wheels
HURST Exterior graphics and badges
SERIES 1 sequentially numbered interior dash plaque
BFG KDW high-performance tires
Magnaflow Stainless-steel exhaust system
Eibach Suspension
Bilstein shocks
K&N Air Filter
Colors: Any color
No stripes or graphics

SERIES 2
R/T 5.7 HEMI®
Hurst "Pistol-Grip" shifter
Hurst 20" polished forged wheels
HURST Exterior graphics and badges
BFG KDW high-performance tires
Magnaflow Stainless-steel exhaust system
Eibach Suspension
Bilstein shocks
K&N Air Intake system
MOPAR/Kicker Audio System
SERIES 2 sequentially numbered interior dash plaque
Hurst leather interior with gold top-stitching and embroidered logos
Available Colors are White and Black
Hurst Gold hood graphics

SERIES 3
R/T 5.7 HEMI®
Hurst "Pistol-Grip" shifter
Hurst 20" polished forged wheels
HURST Exterior graphics and badges
BFG KDW high-performance tires
Magnaflow Stainless-steel exhaust system
Eibach Suspension
Bilstein shocks MOPAR/Kicker Audio System
SERIES 3 sequentially numbered interior dash plaque
Hurst leather interior with gold top-stitching and embroidered logos
Limited Paint Color Series: White or Black Only
HURST Gold racing stripes
MOPAR Hood
HURST body color rear deck spoiler
Vortech Supercharger
Matching color car cover with HURST Gold racing stripes

SERIES 4
SRT8 6.1 HEMI®
Hurst "Pistol-Grip" shifter
Hurst 20" polished forged wheels
HURST Exterior graphics and badges
BFG KDW high-performance tires
Magnaflow Stainless-steel exhaust system
Eibach Suspension
Bilstein shocks
MOPAR/Kicker Audio System
SERIES 4 sequentially numbered interior dash plaque
Hurst leather interior with gold top-stitching and embroidered logos
Limited Paint Color Series: Black with HURST Gold racing stripes
MOPAR Hood
HURST body color rear deck spoiler
Vortech Supercharger

Matching color car cover with HURST Gold racing stripes


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Damn, what a shifter! I'm no engineer, but do you really need that much leverage with an automatic?
        • 6 Years Ago
        you do if you're 70 with advanced arthritis

        (90% of this car's target audience)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, no huge carbon fibre spoilers, chin, trim etc. Acutally looks quite classy, though I don't like the gold stripes so much. As for the power, hell yes!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like it. The shifter is a little over the top, but it reminds me of the Hurst 4-speed I had in my '65 Coronet 500. The color is actually very sharp; maybe not my choice, but definitely nice.