Dodge’s Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody: A Fast And Powerful Four-Door Sedan

Yolanda Curtis
June 29, 2019

After teasing us earlier this week, Dodge has taken the wraps off the 2020 Charger Widebody. Top speed comes in at 196 mph-8 miles per hour lower than the standard Charger Hellcat because of the added drag from the tires and wider fenders. Under the hood sits that familiar 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine, making 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque-not the 717-hp version in the Challenger Hellcat or the 797-hp monster in the Challenger Redeye.

Both the Charger Hellcat and Scat Pack Widebody have 20-inch alloy wheels paired with 305/35 Pirelli P-Zero tyres.

Unlike the Challenger, the sedan versions of the Hellcat Widebody and Scat Pack Widebody are only available with an eight-speed automatic.

Dodge claims that the Charger SRT Hellcat widebody will reach 60 miles per hour in 3.6 seconds and cover the quarter-mile in 10.96 seconds. The Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody also receives a Race Cooldown feature that, "keeps cooling the supercharger/charge air cooler after the engine is shut off by running the intercooler pump and radiator fan". The extra 3.5-inches of metal Dodge has grafted onto the Charger's fenders have done wonders for its stance.

Just the other day we reported on the teaser that Dodge posted for its new Charger variants.

To further demonstrate the widebody Charger's commitment to performance, a number of race-bred features come as standard. Partnered with an eight-speed automatic transmission sending the power to the rear wheels, the engine accelerates the muscle vehicle 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.3 seconds. There will be Street, Sport and Track settings as part of the wider SRT drive modes, too.

Spring rates have been increased by 32 per cent at the front compared with the previous model, with larger sway bars front and rear. The Widebody kit is optional for the Scat Pack, unlike the SRT. It will hit 60 mpg in 4.3 seconds.

Come to think of it, the range diversity of the Challenger and the Charger reminds me of the Porsche line-up (for instance, the 911 range holds north of twenty derivatives at full maturity). Race Cooldown allows for fans, pumps and the intercooler to keep running and help circulate air towards the supercharger even while the auto is off. Launch assist on the other hand adjusts engine power output by the milisecond as the vehicle starts detecting wheel hop on launches.

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