The Grizz began its life as a comparatively unassuming 2008 Dodge Challenger before Joel Highsmith and his madmen pals got a hold of it. The first thing you will notice, is the radical 2008 Dodge Challenger Superbird body kit, including the aero front end and massive rear wing. The result is impressive looking to say the least, even if that rear wing does look a bit odd on the flared rear deck of the Challenger. The 408-cubic-inch Hemi V8 has been supercharged, tuned, threatened, and cajoled into producing more than 1,000 horsepower, all of which go to the rear wheels. Terrifying? Yes! Good in corners? Probably not. Awesome? Without a doubt. The HPP conversions have been around since the 2009 SEMA show, but my guess is that Highsmith’s Superbird is purely a product of his own ‘Team Spankin Time.’ While they are of course visually similar, the HPP cars are a bit more visually polished with a more complete set of changes to the base Challenger. However, that being said the HPP cars can’t quite kiss 200 mph.
Joel’s Highsmith’s 2008 Dodge Challenger called “GRIZZ” is definitely one of the coolest Mopar muscle cars we have ever seen.
As wicked as it gets, the Heide Performance Products creation wasn’t enough for owner Joel Highsmith.That’s why this modern Superbird based on the third generation Dodge Challenger underwent further performance modifications at a small San Bernardino, California-based shop called Spankin Time Performance. the addition of a Kenne Bell 4.2-liter supercharger with 17 lbs of boost and a close-ratio NAG 1 manual gearbox from Paramount, the ‘Grizz’ Superbird churns out 1,000 rear-wheel horsepower. And we don’t think it really looks much like a Road Runner, despite the ridiculous rear spoiler, pointy nose and Road Runner graphics.