Must be why the Chrysler-tuning side of BRABUS decided to go underground to seek the next vehicle to Startech-stamp. Because oh look, they came up with the tunneling lack-o-cute, the Dodge Nitro. And really, you just know it's gonna be a killer tune job when the second paragraph of the press release touts the vehicle's new hotness as being "a more homogeneous transition between front and rear wheel houses." Nothing says cool to us like homogeneity. But hey, at the very least they've boosted the diesel version of the next Jeep Liberty from the stock power output of 140 hp to a SD3 performance kit boost-enabled 180 hp. Torque output pops up a similar percent increase — but still only hits 266 lb-ft. Not bad, but we'd rather take the 420 out for a torque-y spin instead. Full gallery below and the release is after the jump.
Explosive Looks and Custom Accessories
The STARTECH Design Program for the new Dodge Nitro
The new Dodge Nitro stands out in a crowd with its characteristic design. STARTECH presents a complete custom parts and design program that further accentuates the extravagant appearance.
The face of the American SUV gets even more pizzazz with the strikingly styled STARTECH front fascia. The new front element was designed to easily replace the stock bumper by retaining the original mounting points.
For a more homogenous transition between front and rear wheel houses the STARTECH designers have shaped special rocker panels that give the five-door a lower and sleeker appearance.
The rear is refined with the STARTECH rear fascia. The fascia features custom-tailored cutouts left and right for the two characteristic tailpipes of the fully stainless-steel STARTECH sport exhaust system.
For the turbodiesel version of the Dodge Nitro STARTECH offers its SD3 performance kit. The auxiliary module can be installed by any authorized Dodge dealer in about 30 minutes. With it maximum power output jumps from stock 140 hp / 103 kW to 180 hp / 132 kW. At the same time peak torque increases to 360 Nm between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm.
More driving fun, more safety reserves and more elegant looks are the result of mounting STARTECH Monostar IV light-alloy wheels. The one-piece 9Jx20 five-spoke wheels are fitted with tires in size 265/45 R 20 in all four corners.
The STARTECH program also offers many choices for customizing the interior of the Dodge Nitro: The STARTECH Lifestyle interior upgrade package gives the vehicle a more elegant ambiance. Sporty highlights are available in form of aluminum door-lock pins, shifter and foot pedals.
Upon customer request the company-own upholstery shop precision-crafts exclusive fully leather interiors in any desired color or design.
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