German tuning specialist GeigerCars.de -a brand that specializes in all sorts of cars and trucks that can be referred to as ‘American muscle’- already has a number of high-voltage models under its belt with the list of tuning packages including the gorgeous Corvette Z06, the heavy-duty Ford F650 and even a seriously souped-up version of the legendary Hummer H2 (offered as H2 GT, this one was fitted with a pair of Lambo-style guillotine doors.) Now, raising the proverbial stakes and putting even more money on the table, the German tuner has finally offered its first upgrade program for the fast and furious 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 pony car.
While many tuning studios often limit their efforts to plastic or -rarely- carbon-fiber body kits, these guys seems to have on offer a comprehensive upgrade package that limits changes to the vehicle’s exterior to the barest minimum, while focusing on the Challenger’s mighty V8 powerplant.
Not that one could honestly call the engine the weakest link in the chain of powerful emotions that the original Challenger SRT8 never fails to deliver, but with the help of GeigerCars’ own compressor kit, the vehicle’s original HEMI V8 engine gets extra 144hp and now sports impressive 569 horses under its massive hood delivering their best at @6300rpm.
When it comes to classic American muscle cars, it’s not the horsepower, but torque that counts and this has been addressed too: the two-door’s maximum torque has also been increased by more than 80lb-ft from 420lb-ft to 501 lb-ft (680 Nm) putting basically a locomotive power under your right foot delivering impressive acceleration at just 4,800 rpm. Given that all this tremendous power comes to just one pair of rear wheels, you get a car that delivers tons of pleasure at just a fraction of a price of a European sports car!
The impression may be slightly spoiled by its five-speed gearbox that may be considered archaic by today’s standards, but, let’s be honest here, like Harley-Davidson bikes, the Challenger family seems to be intentionally archaic (or, as the brand’s PR department would probably prefer to put it ‘inspired by retro cars of the long past’,) so a 7-speed automatic would probably not look as organic as this five-speed with overdrive.
Of course, the tuning program for the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 also includes a custom stainless steel exhaust system, which is available at €1990, a €1529 H&R suspension system, and a performance braking system that has a list price of €6644 and includes six-pot front calipers and four-pot rear calipers, as well as 380mm brake discs up front and 355mm brake discs at the rear giving the car plenty of stopping power during that “Oh, shoot!” moment when you finally realize that you came to an intersection too hot and would like to bring the car to a halt without plowing into that semi truck ready to cross your path.
As far as I understand, the upgraded vehicles are available for order right now, so, if you can afford one, you should probably give GeigerCars.de a call before all these beauties with individual number plaques on their dashboards are done and gone.