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Those with an interest in muscle cars will no doubt be aware of the Hurst Corporation’s famous shifters; some might even recall classic drag machines like the famous Hemi under Glass Baracuda.
More recently, as far as Mopar maniacs are concerned, the company, now known as Hurst Performance, has been working it’s magic on late-model Challengers and Vipers. Now the company is taking (literally) bigger steps, building a limited edition hot hauler, based on the current Ram 1500 shortbox pickup.
Hurst says it will only build 50 of these trucks per year, but each will incorporate a number of unique features. Most obvious are Hurst graphics on the fenders and doors, special Hurst emblems on the grille and tailgate; while under the hood the Ram’s 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 gets an extra shot of oats via supercharging and a performance tuned exhaust with polished tips.
Inside will be special upholstery with red stitching; Hurst logos and of course, a Hurst ‘Pistol Grip’ style shifter for rowing the gears and smoking the tires; which likely shouldn’t be a problem, even with the Ram’s more than 5000 lb curb weight.
Hurst has yet to announce pricing, but expect the truck to sticker for between $50,000 and $100,000 when it does go on sale.
Hurst Performance Vehicles is looking to send the Pontiac brand out with a bang as it prepares to launch a high output version of the G8 sedan. In collaboration with automotive legend “Doc” Watson, Hurst will build 52 G8 models complete with superchargers, suspension modifications, custom interior, wheels, a Hurst shifter and, of course, the company’s iconic white/gold and black/gold colors.
The Hurst/Pontiac G8 H.O. will be a modern day version of George Hurst’s “Executive Hot Rod.”
Along with those G8 models, Hurst will also build 10 G6 Convertibles.
“Doc started all of this with George back in 1960 with Hurst Performance Research. His Hurst H.O. Pontiacs have stormed drag strips and main streets across the country for 50 years,” said Hurst Chairman, Nate Shelton. “There could not be a better time to honor Doc and the legendary Pontiac marque.”
Over those 50 years Watson is responsible for bringing over 80 different performance vehicles (both for the street and the track) to life.
Specifics like power output and price are not yet available but will be made public on August 1st on the Hurst website:
Official release after the jump: