Since their inception, the Hellcat twins—Challenger and Charger—have been greater than a handful. Their 707-horsepower supercharged V-8s delight, terrify, and have proven many a novice that their abilities aren’t as much as par with the hellacious oomph delivered by way of the rear wheels. By way of the course of their lives, nevertheless, Dodge has made refined enhancements to their total drivability. First was the Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody, which gave your complete automotive a extra planted demeanor. Now’s the Charger’s flip. Introducing the tire-smoking 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody.
Dodge claims that the Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody was “designed and engineered to push the boundaries of what a four-door household sedan could be,” and we’re inclined to present the corporate the good thing about the doubt given our historical past behind the Hellcat, Redeye, and Demon wheels. The Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody is actually the identical Charger SRT Hellcat we’ve all come to know and love.
Up entrance is that gloriously loud supercharged 6.2-liter V-Eight engine producing 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. Linked the Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody’s engine to the rear wheels, and the rear wheels alone is an eight-speed TorqueFlight computerized transmission. In response to Dodge, the Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody’s propulsion provides it the flexibility to hit a whopping 196 mph all out, whereas clipping 60 mph takes simply three.6 seconds. Dodge additionally states that the Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody will go a quarter-mile end line in a dizzying 10.96 seconds.
Nearly all of the modifications, nevertheless, come within the type of enhanced dealing with because the widening of the Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody provides three.5-inches at each the entrance and rear tires. The outsized fender flares allowed Dodge to swap in a set of 20-inch wheels with Pirelli rubber measuring a staggering 305 width in any respect 4 corners—as a result of as racecar drivers can attest, to get one of the best dealing with, you need a sq. stance. Because the Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody’s dealing with was the primary precedence, Dodge included a set of Brembo 6-piston entrance calipers with two-piece brake rotors, and a brand new suspension setup by Bilstein that features three totally different damping modes; together with Road, Strip, and Street Course.
Moreover, the Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody will get elevated entrance spring charges, that are 32-percent stiffer than the outgoing mannequin, bigger sway bars each entrance and rear, and the aforementioned retuned shocks with have stiffer springs and revised valving. The Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody additionally receives a Race Cooldown function that, “retains cooling the supercharger/cost air cooler after the engine is shut off by working the intercooler pump and radiator fan.”
Dodge additionally debuted a equally widened Charger SRT Scat Pack Widebody, which makes use of a 392 cubic-inch naturally aspirated V-Eight rated for 485 horsepower and backed by the identical Eight-Pace TorqueFlite computerized transmission. In response to Dodge, the Charger SRT Scat Pack Widebody will hit 60 mph in simply four.three seconds and run the quarter mile in simply 12.four seconds. It additionally receives a variety of the Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody’s dealing with upgrades, together with stiffer springs, sway bars, shocks, and dampers.
As with different SRT fashions, each the Charger SRT Scat Pack Widebody and Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody will are available a large taste of colours, together with; F8 Inexperienced, Frostbite, Go Mango, Granite Crystal, Hellraisin, IndiGo Blue, Octane Purple, Pitch Black, Sinamon Stick, TorRed, Triple Nickel, and White Knuckle.
Talking forward of the Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody’s launch, Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Vehicles for Dodge, SRT, Chrysler, and FIA for North America, stated, “Individuals say, ‘nobody desires vehicles anymore.’ I’d let you know that the 40,000 individuals who purchased a Dodge Charger up to now this yr would in all probability agree, as a result of to them, the Charger isn’t only a automotive. The Charger’s attain extends past body-style practicalities and it could’t be outlined by common trade shifts. Can you purchase a automobile that’s greenback for greenback extra sensible than a Charger Widebody? Completely, however there are additionally greater than 1,000 flavors of ice cream and vanilla is just one of them. If the ‘common’ particular person will personal six vehicles of their lifetime, our vehicles want to attach so strongly that folks can not help, however flip round and take a re-examination earlier than strolling away.”
Orders for every of the vehicles will start later this fall, although pricing has but to be introduced. However given the local weather of vehicles going for smaller displacement, hybrid, and electrical drivetrains, this final hurrah by Dodge may very well be the finale for the muscle automotive. To that finish, let’s all increase our collective beer bottles to the final of the breed. Reward be, the Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody.