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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 Chrylser 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.