German Tuner Slaps Challenger Hellcat With Extra Schnitzel

Sometimes Even The Germans Want More American Muscle

The Dodge Challenger Hellcat is a car that can easily break traction whilst already travelling at
highway speeds. It absolutely does not need anymore power, so naturally, an over-the-top tuning company has gone and done just that. The company is question is Germany’s Geiger Cars, which has slapped the Hellcat’s 6.2-liter supercharged V8 with more boost (thanks to a new supercharged pulley), changed the thermostat and retuned the ECU. Together, these modest upgrades have boosted the 707 horsepower Hellcat to an extremely immodest 890 horsepower. This Dodge Challenger Hellcat also now makes 750 lb-ft of torque – up from 707 lb-ft.

It’s refreshing to see a tuner from Germany – a place home to BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Porsche and their respective performance divisions – seeking out and upgrading American muscle. Geiger Cars specializes in American performance vehicles for the German market. It sells and tunes various Ram, Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, Jeep, Cadillac and Shelby products.

Geiger has given its heavily tuned Dodge Challenger Hellcat a more robust driveshaft as well – which may not be as exciting as what’s happened under the hood, but is necessary so the car doesn’t shred itself to pieces. Devil’s Rim wheels from the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon make their appearances here, as well. It definitely carries an unapologetic presence. And being in Germany, it’s bound to draw curious reactions from onlookers.

Rounding out the changes is a Geiger-designed hood meant to mimic the Air Grabber hood found on the Challenger SRT Demon and a custom vinyl wrap with red, grey and black stripes and rather strange ‘Cerberus’ branding. A “hellhound,” perhaps. Geiger’s Hellcat is for sale for €129,000, which is equivalent to around $144,500 USD. Worth it? Considering our tuning options here in the ‘States, probably not. Will some rich German or Dutch person with a strange taste for American muscle buy it anyways? Most likely.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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