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Startech Dodge Nitro Gets Mean

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Tuner Special: Startech Dodge Nitro Gets Mean

Date posted: 12-08-2006
ESSEN, Germany — Startech, the Brabus affiliate that focuses on American vehicles from the Chrysler group, has waved its performance wand over the Dodge Nitro, unveiled here at the Essen Motor Show.

Startech starts with its SD3 kit for the 2.0-liter common-rail turbodiesel that's offered to European customers. Designed for easy dealer installation, the kit hikes output to 180 horsepower and torque to 266 pound-feet.

Exterior tweaks include new front and rear fascias and new rocker panels. The rear features cutouts to accommodate a Startech sport exhaust system. The tuner also offers custom five-spoke alloy wheels in sizes up to 20 inches.

Customers can opt to trim the Nitro's cabin in a variety of materials, including aluminum pedals, shift knob and door lock buttons, as well as full leather upholstery.

For more information, see the Startech Web site.

What this means to you: The Nitro looks fairly aggressive in stock form; the Startech makeover gives it a wicked stance.
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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. 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.
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Oooooh, I sure would like that diesel option here in the states!!
I agree that would result in cheaper tank! :beerchug:
Anyone getting startech parts here in the us?
You can still get some of the Startech stock but the Nitro side of things has been halted. What where you looking for?
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