Hurst Gets Back Into the Car Building Business

Every muscle car deserves a Hurst-shifter, right? It’s been known throughout the years that if you want a decent shifter for your American V8 machine, you get a Hurst. But do some of you remember that Hurst also made cars? Well not actually made them from scratch, but the classic Hurst/Olds 442 is a modern legend amongst those who were there when they started rolling on the streets. Sure, it was almost 40 years ago, but those cars left a lasting impression.

While Hurst never left the car-parts business, selling thousands of their legendary shift-improvement kits in the aftermarket (and as original equipment) over the years, the company wanted to do something special for their 50th anniversary. So, at the SEMA show this year, the company unveiled a new generation of Hurst muscle cars.

Based on the new, popular Dodge Challenger, the aptly named 2009 Hurst/Hemi Challenger will boast an barrage of improvements, not including the obvious shifter mods. Their top-of-the-line model will boast a 560-hp supercharged engine, performance suspension, a Katz Skin leather interior and a Kicker audio system, along with bold new exterior graphics.


Though you can order the car in different "stages", you can bet most will be the mighty supercharged Stage-4 version. While no pricing has been officially announced, the company has already devoted a section of their Web site to the cars. Expect other American cars to get the Hurst treatment in the near future. For more info, check out their site at

Source: Auto Week

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