How it’s made: Hurst Challenger

posted in: Muscle cars | 0 featured a great story about how current Hurst Challengers are made. For those who don’t know – Hurst is an aftermarket high-performance car parts supplier founded in 1958. Their transmission shifters and other products became legendary in auto racing, particularly in drag racing and among car customizers.

Current Hurst Challenger is basically a $22-32K upgrade package for R/T and SRT8 Challengers. Customers have to provide standard Challengers in order to get Hurst ones back.

Hurst paint department applies gold stripes to front bumper, hood, trunk, and rear fascia and they actually paint Hurst logos on the fenders instead of simply putting decals. Series 5 models get White Pear paint scheme [as SEMA show car].

After body paint and/or stripes are finished Challengers get their engine, suspension and interior upgrades. Series 4 and 5 Challengers get a Vortech supercharger that puts 572 HP to these Hemis. The suspension is completely overhauled with parts from Eibach including new springs, adjustable shocks [ride height and stiffness] and sway bars. A full Magnaflow stainless steel cat-back exhaust system is installed afterwards for truly muscular sound. Polished forged 20-inch Hurst rims fits BFGoodrich KDW tires and replaces standard Dodge wheels.

Interior upgrades feature gold perforated inserts and gold stitching on the seats and center armrest and doors. The legendary Hurst shifter makes the car a real Hurst Challenger. They now use a special gold handle instead of the classic white ball.

It is customers’ choice either get ones car delivered at a Dodge dealer or pick it up themselves at Hurst’s facility. Each Hurst Challenger is registered and gets Hurst serial number. Each customer also gets a photo book of their Hurst conversion process.