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194 MPH Dodge Challenger “Road Runner Superbird”

by Kenny Hoeschen

The 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird was an amazing road car when it was built and continues to be very collectible to this day. But with prices for the classic vehicle well into the six-digit range, few can afford to keep one in the garage let alone take one out for a drag race.

But Joel Highsmith took a different direction in creating his high-powered version of the Superbird. Highsmith started with a 2008 Dodge Challenger, crammed a Power Ported Performance 426 HEMI under the hood, then added body trim to replicate the iconic look of the Road Runner. He took the 1,000+ hp car, dubbed “Grizz” onto the Texas Mile speedway to see what it would do and came away with a top speed of an astounding 194 mph.

Although this car is certainly fast down the straight, it seems you could put a 1,000 hp V8 under the hood of just about any vehicle and get a great straight line time. And we don’t think it really looks much like a Road Runner, despite the ridiculous rear spoiler, pointy nose and Road Runner graphics.

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