AB First Drive - Hurst HEMI Dodge Challenger

Discussion in 'OT Driven' started by TriShield, Dec 30, 2008.

  1. TriShield

    TriShield Super Moderator® Super Moderator

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2001
    Messages:
    132,822
    Likes Received:
    1,751
    Location:
    PRESIDENTIAL TOWER, GREAT AGAIN, NY
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    by Jonathon Ramsey on Dec 29th 2008 at 11:57AM

    Cars-n-Coffee is a weekly gathering of automobilia in Irvine, California at Ford's former Premier Auto Group parking lot. Every Saturday morning from 6AM, Ferraris, Jaguars, Lamborghinis, Porsches, '50s hot rods, Mercedes, Camaros, you name it, rumble their way into the lot. On one recent overcast morning, Autoblog headed down to the dawn soiree, having been offered a drive in the Hurst HEMI Challenger. Although 6AM is closer to our bedtime than it is to reveille, we stayed up and paid a visit to the Challenger, hoping to find out if it had any hope of being a champion. Follow the jump for the story.

    The first thing we have to admit is that this just barely qualifies as a "First Drive". This car is the SEMA car we showed you in November, and it's still wearing prototype wheels, and those wheels don't like to go more than 25 mph. So yes, our first drive was conducted at something like parking lot speeds. That, and the fact that Orange County roads are exceptionally smooth, means our report is a little low on dynamic details. We can reveal that the car sounds great even at 25 mph, and we imagine we'd have fun going a lot faster... and that's got to count for something, right?

    As for going fast around turns, that remains unknown. When it was in the Autoblog Garage, the unadulterated Challenger SRT8 was given three cheers for straight line ability and a limp handshake for twisties prowess. Unless we're talking about a Bentley GT, we wouldn't expect a 4,000-pound coupe to throw the smackdown to esses, but Hurst's installation of an Eibach suspension and Bilstein shocks should take this one at least a few rungs up charts.

    If you plunk down for this car, though, we assure you that you'll have parking lots handled. Don't even worry about them – this car has your back. And depending on the parking lot you're in, there's a good chance you'll own the lot in more ways than one.

    That's because the Challenger is like a great white wonder – and we don't mean a Dylan album. It's huge. Unless you're parked at a Flying J, there's no way you could lose this car. And this particular example, a Series 5 wearing the white flake paint job studded with gold pearl mica and gold inlays on the 5-spokers, is especially attention-getting. If you ever needed to tell someone how to find it in a crowded lot, your best instructions would be "Look for the Inca pyramid with gold pinstripes."

    It is a very good thing then that it's beautiful. Previous to this, if anyone had offered us a white car with aluminum rims with gold insets, we'd have responded with "Hmm... yeah..." like Peter Gibbons' boss in Office Space. But even the wheels work, and the entire cosmetic package boosts the basic Challenger presence from impressive to "Gringo Badass."

    There are some changes in store for the car, however. Those prototype wheels that like the slow lane will be milled slightly differently on the production car. The 5-axis program didn't like the sharp curve where the spokes meet the hub, so that arc will be shallower. The rear spoiler will also be faster, more curved, and the increased curve means it will lose the inset Hurst logo.

    Finally, the car pictured wears staggered B.F. Goodrich G-Force tires, 245/40 ZR20 in front, 295/40 ZR 20 in the rear. Initially, however, Hurst will only offer the factory-spec Goodyears. The car's electronic stability control can handle a certain amount of stagger, but Hurst wants more time to calibrate the system appropriately. Hurst says it hopes to offer the staggered tires "in the very near future," especially since BFG has offered technical assistance to tune the car.

    Otherwise, what you see is what you get. This particular Challenger is the new Series 5. At SEMA, there were only four different series' offered, none of them with the gold flake paint job, but a number of ready-to-buy customers at the show said "I want that car... no, that one right there." Voila, the Series 5 was born.

    Another customer-created concept: Hurst will place a camera in the glovebox of every car being built, and the wrenches working on it will take pictures of the car during the build. Should the owner wish, the Hurst techs will even autograph the car. It's better than a plaque on the engine – in this case, every car comes with its own story, in pictures.

    We have been told that the production wheels are due in January. If all goes well, we'll arrange a more thrilling First Drive, one that will use the Hurst HEMI Challenger's 572 hp and 528 lb-ft. to see how much we can make its white and gold fade together into a triple-digit blur. Then, if there is any real comparison with this great white wonder and the Dylan album, we hope it will be "This Wheel's on Fire." In the metaphorical sense, at least. Until then, enjoy the high-res gallery of photos below.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  2. TriShield

    TriShield Super Moderator® Super Moderator

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2001
    Messages:
    132,822
    Likes Received:
    1,751
    Location:
    PRESIDENTIAL TOWER, GREAT AGAIN, NY
    The original Hurst edition muscle car, the Hurst Oldsmobile 442.

    [​IMG]

    Hurst Oldsmobiles were available from the 1960s - 1980s.
     
  3. GammaRadiation

    GammaRadiation Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2007
    Messages:
    29,840
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Random Location.FL
    I just cant get those to even seem remotely good looking in my eyes
     
  4. DrK_Mrk_iV

    DrK_Mrk_iV OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2003
    Messages:
    12,407
    Likes Received:
    25
    Location:
    NC
    Really?

    I really like them. Very subtle, yet aggressive. I really don't like the shift knob or the wheels. I wish they would do an all motor setup instead of supercharging it.
     
  5. Toxicity

    Toxicity New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2005
    Messages:
    2,703
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    My av is so small you can't see it!
    The challenger realy turned out to be the only good looking resurrected "muscle car". Too bad it's a boat.
     
  6. BigT

    BigT LSX Crew

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2001
    Messages:
    22,696
    Likes Received:
    24
    Location:
    Virginia
    sexy :eek3:
     
  7. skullcandy

    skullcandy New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2007
    Messages:
    1,645
    Likes Received:
    0
  8. cooly

    cooly OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2006
    Messages:
    48,015
    Likes Received:
    281
    Location:
    north pompano beach
    looks good

    I wonder what the dealers will be selling them at
     
  9. CJPA

    CJPA New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2002
    Messages:
    114,304
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    AZ, USA
    INTERESTING
     
  10. twistid

    twistid Banged By Super Models Moderator

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2001
    Messages:
    40,849
    Likes Received:
    112
    Location:
    The Kansass/Oklahomo Border
    slicker than catshit on linoleum
     
  11. 5SpeedSER

    5SpeedSER OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2003
    Messages:
    26,623
    Likes Received:
    77
    Location:
    South Florida
    ugly fucking wheels
     
  12. 396Hawk

    396Hawk Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2005
    Messages:
    1,284
    Likes Received:
    0
    They should paint the calipers gold, black or silver.
     
  13. BlazinBlazer Guy

    BlazinBlazer Guy Witness to The De-Evolution of Mankind.

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2002
    Messages:
    18,783
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Lansing, MI USA
    WOW.... that looks surprisingly sharp.
     
  14. amac88

    amac88 New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2007
    Messages:
    6,826
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Plano, Texas
    I want one.
     
  15. NEp8ntballer

    NEp8ntballer New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2006
    Messages:
    2,347
    Likes Received:
    0
    the red calipers do look out of place
     
  16. shanker

    shanker unemployed

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2002
    Messages:
    6,856
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Deep South Texas
    in 1970 they did a Hurst Chrysler 300, pretty neat cars too....definately not all out muscle, more of luxury + power

    [​IMG]
     
  17. Ev0lv3

    Ev0lv3 New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2006
    Messages:
    202
    Likes Received:
    0
    Way to get the stripes on the hood and the front fascia lines up!
     
  18. Mitchj

    Mitchj OT Supporter

    Joined:
    May 2, 2005
    Messages:
    112,087
    Likes Received:
    81
    looks fucking great apart from the wheels.
     
  19. TriShield

    TriShield Super Moderator® Super Moderator

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2001
    Messages:
    132,822
    Likes Received:
    1,751
    Location:
    PRESIDENTIAL TOWER, GREAT AGAIN, NY
    I even like the wheels.

    Good find on the Hurst Chrysler 300 too.
     
  20. :rofl: just noticed that



    and this was a SEMA car?
     
  21. NEp8ntballer

    NEp8ntballer New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2006
    Messages:
    2,347
    Likes Received:
    0
    hood was probably up to show off the blower...
     
  22. nsxrebel

    nsxrebel New Member

    Joined:
    May 22, 2006
    Messages:
    3,272
    Likes Received:
    0
    :rofl:
    he's talking about the "racing" stripes.
    [​IMG]
     
  23. CJPA

    CJPA New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2002
    Messages:
    114,304
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    AZ, USA
    oops
     
  24. vudoodoodoo

    vudoodoodoo New Member

    Joined:
    May 3, 2006
    Messages:
    12,069
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Boston, MA
    Would catch my eye if it came down the street. :cool:
     
  25. NEp8ntballer

    NEp8ntballer New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2006
    Messages:
    2,347
    Likes Received:
    0
    i meant that the hood was probably up when it was at SEMA. definite failure on the guy that taped those stripes though.
     

Share This Page