Dodge Challenges Market Assumptions with Widebody Charger

The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is already a top performer, but Dodge decided to make an even bigger impression by adding 3.5 inches of width for a Widebody version. The addition of some fender flares provides the extra width, and makes room for 20 x 11-inch wheels, which will come with three different styles and wrapped in all-season tires. The wider tires will sport Brembo brake rotors with six-piston callipers in the front and four-piston callipers in the rear.

Even more exciting than a wider body, though, are the stats. The 2020 Hellcat Wideboy goes from 0 to 100 in just 3.7 seconds, with a quarter-mile only taking 10.96 seconds. The car tops out at 196 miles per hour. That may be an eight-mile per hour drop compared to the standard Hellcat, but that drop in speed comes with an increase in grip, with the Widebody able to pull 0.96 g of lateral acceleration on a skidpad.

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The engine also changes between the standard and Widebody versions. The Widebody uses the 6.3-litre supercharged V8 for a total of 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque (the standard gets 717 horsepower). The Widebody also has stiffer springs (32 per cent stiffer) and Bilstein three-mode adaptive dampers. The sway bars are bigger—2mm in the front and 3mm in the back.

The Widebody benefits from a new electric power steering system, which, along with engine power, shift speed, and traction control, can be adjusted on the 8.4-inch infotainment screen.

Dodge’s Widebody Charger front view

In speaking about why a Widebody version was needed, Dodge Head of Passenger Cars Tim Kuniskis said, “People say, ‘no one wants cars anymore.’ I would tell you that the 40,000 who bought a Dodge Charger so far this year would probably agree, because to them, the Charger isn’t just a car. The Charger’s reach extends beyond body-style practicalities and it can’t be defined by average industry shifts.

“Can you buy a vehicle that is dollar for dollar more practical than a Charger Widebody? Absolutely, but there are also more than 1,000 flavours of ice cream and vanilla is only one of them. If the ‘average’ person will own six cars in their lifetime, our cars need to connect so strongly that people can’t help but turn around and take a second look before walking away.”

Orders for the Hellcat Widebody will begin in the fall 2019, with deliveries in early 2020.

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Dodge’s Widebody Charger side view of the vehicle

Dodge’s Widebody Charger