What with all the noise around the new Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and its ferocious 840bhp, you might worry about the little ol’ Hellcat.
Don’t. Because now, it’s not so little. Dodge has bestowed upon it the wider arches from its Demon big brother to sate the hunger of Hellcat enthusiasts who want more grip. Wave a slightly-nervy hello to the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat ‘Widebody’.
According to Dodge, the addition of a wider track gives the still-fearsome Hellcat “improved performance on the street and a bolder, more aggressive new look”. The 3.5in extra width, along with 20in x 11in ‘Devil’s Rim’ alloys and Pirelli P-Zeros means more face-distorting fun on track.
Dodge claims the “wider, more menacing stance” allows it to lap a 1.7-mile track two seconds faster than a standard Hellcat (though which track, we’re not sure), while it’ll also run a quarter mile 0.3s quicker too – 10.9s vs 11.2s for the regular car.
The benchmark 0-60mph sprint? That’s gone down by a tenth too (to 3.4s), top speed sits at 195mph, and there is a 0.04g improvement in lateral grip (0.97g). Better wear your big boy trousers, then.
Elsewhere, the 2018 Challenger Hellcat gets an electric power steering system for the first time, new grille and arch badges, the front splitter from the Demon, air-catcher headlights and a power-bulge bonnet.
Handy, because there’s still a shedload of power. 707bhp, to be precise, from the same supercharged 6.2-litre HEMI V8 as the regular Hellcat. Torque is plentiful too, at 650lb ft.
You can choose from 15 exterior colours, with US prices starting at $71,495 – around $7k more than a regular car. Worth it for the Widebody’s additional apex-splitting ability? While you decide, click through the gallery to see it in its suit…