Dodge is up to its old tricks again, chopping and screwing its rear-drive models using off-the-shelf ideas and parts to create something new and admittedly pretty cool. In this case, the Challenger was the first to get the widebody treatment, and now it’s the Charger’s turn to get flared. As on the two-door muscle car, the new package adds 3.5 inches of width to Dodge’s four-door sedan, where it’s now standard on the 707-hp SRT Hellcat and available on the 485-hp Scat Pack.
The package also includes 20 x 11-inch wheels wrapped in 305/35 Pirelli all-seasons—three-season tires are available—and 15.4-inch Brembo two-piece front brake rotors and six-piston front calipers to slow the beast down. (The rear has four-piston calipers). In addition, widebody models receive a Bilstein suspension with revised adaptive dampers and newly fitted multi-mode electric power steering to keep things on the straight and narrow during Woodward Avenue cruises. The front springs are 32 percent stiffer on Hellcats, 27 percent stiffer on Scat Packs, and the Hellcat also gets larger front and rear anti-roll bars where the Scat Pack makes do only with a bigger one out back.
More standard goodies include line-lock functionality for wicked burnouts, launch control, and launch assist to control wheel hop. The Hellcat adds a race cooldown feature, where the radiator fan and intercooler pump are kept running after the engine is shut off to keep things as chill as possible.
The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody gets a new grille for more efficient airflow, revised side sills, a new rear spoiler, and two-piece satin chrome SRT Hellcat fender badges. Its supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 delivers an insane 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque and is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission; Dodge says it can zip from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds and achieve a top speed of 196 mph. The Scat Pack is powered by a 485-hp 392-cubic-inch (6.4-liter) V-8 making 485 hp. It, too, has an eight-speed automatic, while its zero-to-60 time is estimated at 4.3 seconds. We have tested a standard Charger SRT Hellcat hitting 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, and a standard R/T Scat Pack making the run in 4.2 seconds.
Inside, the Hellcat features a standard leather-wrapped SRT flat-bottom heated steering wheel and French stitching on the instrument panel and door inners. A new Carbon & Suede option adds carbon-fiber dash and console trim, as well as microsuede on the headliner, sun visors, and A-pillar.
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Tech goodies include an 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen with SRT Performance Pages that’s also Android Auto and Apple CarPlay friendly. The latest widebody models are available in a dozen colors, including wild new shades like Frostbite, Hellraisin, and Sinamon Stick. Interior treatments offered for the new rides are black, black/caramel, black/red, black/houndstooth, black/dark red, and black/sepia.
If you’re ready to go wide, the thicker Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and Scat Pack can be ordered this fall. Deliveries are expected to commence in early 2020.
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