Say hello to the HPP Superbird
Styling from the seventies, modern muscle underneath… this is the new Superbird
Posted: 07 Mar 2012
Dispute the historical connection, but you can't argue the price - this is one slice of retro-excellence that won't require you to auction off your sweetbreads to buy. Once you've handed over your donor Challenger ($30k for the V8 version), HPP charges just $18k for the basic conversion kit: nose, rear wing, shifter, graphic and a few more bits. If you want the full-works version - s'charger, suspension mods, shaker hood, personalised seats - you're looking closer to $70,000 total outlay. Still, that's a hell of a lot of unmissable muscle for the money.
It almost doesn't matter how the Superbird drives. Suffice to say its performance is as kick-in-the-teeth as its visuals. That supercharger boosts power to a grunting 525bhp, but, despite this car getting HPP's brawniest suspension upgrades and 20in wheels, the Superbird is pleasingly soft-edged and long-legged, woofling along with the rolling gait of a buffalo bull. But plant your right cowboy boot through the floormat, and the Superbird turns into a bellowing, heaving monster, slewing sideways at the slightest provocation and hanging there until you run out of bravery, road or licence points. It ain't precise, it ain't subtle. It's mighty spectacular.