Startech, the Chrysler Group-oriented division of Deutsch über-tuner Brabus, has released a full suite of modifications for Dodge's new Nitro SUV. For starters, the Nitro's love-it-or-hate-it face can be updated with a new lower fascia that incorporates stacked foglights in the corners. Ditto for the rear where the new lower portion is trimmed to match the front and features cutouts for Startech's dual oval-tipped exhaust system (details of which are not included in the attached release).
New rocker panels carry the theme through from front to back, and the company offers other trim bits like metallic side extractors on the outside, and custom leather trim and Startech doorsill trim plates on the inside. Regarding the leather, Startech can redo the whole interior with it, rectifying one of the more disappointing aspects of the Dodge -- the overly plasticky interior. It should be noted that Startech's simple, sturdy-looking 5-spoke wheels look excellent here. The Startech wheels are so sharp that were we to purchase any Chrysler Group product, we'd consider upgrading to a set of them.
Last but not least, Startech's reprogrammed ECU boosts output on the euro-market Nitro turbodiesel from 140 to 180 horsepower. Tourque rating is 320 Nm, or 265 lb-ft, giving the ute some more punch to back up its bulldog appearance. Full details in the press release after the jump.
Explosive Looks and Custom Accessories
The STARTECH Design Program for the new Dodge Nitro
The new Dodge Nitro stands out in a crowd with its characteristic design. STARTECH presents a complete custom parts and design program that
further accentuates the extravagant appearance.
The face of the American SUV gets even more pizzazz with the strikingly styled STARTECH
front fascia. The new front element was designed to easily replace the stock bumper by
retaining the original mounting points.
For a more homogenous transition between front and rear wheel houses the STARTECH
designers have shaped special rocker panels that give the five-door a lower and sleeker
The rear is refined with the STARTECH rear fascia. The fascia features custom-tailored cutouts
left and right for the two characteristic tailpipes of the fully stainless-steel STARTECH sport
For the turbodiesel version of the Dodge Nitro STARTECH offers its SD3 performance kit. The
auxiliary module can be installed by any authorized Dodge dealer in about 30 minutes. With it
maximum power output jumps from stock 140 hp / 103 kW to 180 hp / 132 kW. At the same
time peak torque increases to 360 Nm between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm.
More driving fun, more safety reserves and more elegant looks are the result of mounting
STARTECH Monostar IV light-alloy wheels. The one-piece 9Jx20 five-spoke wheels are fitted
with tires in size 265/45 R 20 in all four corners.
The STARTECH program also offers many choices for customizing the interior of the Dodge
Nitro: The STARTECH Lifestyle interior upgrade package gives the vehicle a more elegant
ambiance. Sporty highlights are available in form of aluminum door-lock pins, shifter and foot
Upon customer request the company-own upholstery shop precision-crafts exclusive fully
leather interiors in any desired color or design.