When Dodge unleashed the Demon onto the streets, people were amazed at the numbers it could pull, the quarter-mile times, and its unique drag-focused paraphernalia. While it surely was blindingly fast, more keen-eyed enthusiasts noticed the widebody it was sporting as a viable aftermarket piece. That said, Dodge then subsequently offered the Challenger Hellcat Widebody as another option for newer models. Seeing as the Charger and Challenger are effectively the same car with different body types, it would make sense that the Charger Hellcat also get the widebody treatment – and Dodge agrees.
Dodge unveils the new 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody with a few tricks to set it apart from the standard Hellcat. Obviously, the party trick here is the all-new fenders that give the Charger a more pronounced stance. The whole kit adds about 89mm of width to the whole car, and therefore allows for much wider wheels to be fitted under the wells. Clients will be able to choose from three styles of 20x11 inch wheels all around; A bit over the top sure, but do remember that this car is notorious for pushing over 700PS from the factory. The wider wheels translate to sheer amounts of grip, with the Charger Hellcat Widebody being able to pull 0.96 Gs on the skidpan.
Of course, being a Hellcat means the Charger Widebody will easily eat up the straights. 0-100km/h can be done away in 3.6 seconds, while the quarter mile goes past in about 10.96 seconds. Top speed is clocked at 315 km/h – 13 km/h slower than the standard Challenger Hellcat thanks to the bulkier aerodynamic profile of the widebody. The very same 6.2L Hemi V8 pushing 707PS sends power to a TorqueFlite 8-speed transmission and towards the rear wheels.
Suspension-wise, the Bilstein three-way adaptive dampers have had its springs changed to much stiffer items to compensate for the widebody. The electronic power steering system has also been revised and can be tweaked via the 8.4-inch infotainment screen along with engine power, shift speed, and traction control. Apart from Line Lock and Launch Control which come standard on the Charger Hellcat, two new systems come into play for the widebody version: the Race Cooldown mode and the Launch Assist system. Race Cooldown allows for fans, pumps and the intercooler to keep running and help circulate air towards the supercharger even while the car is off. Launch assist on the other hand adjusts engine power output by the milisecond as the vehicle starts detecting wheel hop on launches.
Prices have yet to be announced, but Dodge says the Charger Hellcat Widebody will also be available for the Charger Scat Pack if massive amounts of power isn’t an option for your next four door.