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Say hello to the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat ‘Widebody’

Four-door, 707bhp Hellcat gets the widebody treatment. And boy doesn’t it look ace

Published: 28 Jun 2019

Welcome to what its maker claims is the “most powerful and fastest mass-produced sedan in the world” – a new Widebody version of the 707bhp, 650lb ft Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. Well we say ‘version’ – from now on, all Charger Hellcats will look like this. Good.

Seriously, isn’t it just the best thing you’ve seen this week? The extra 3.5-inches of metal Dodge has grafted onto the Charger’s fenders have done wonders for its stance. Very American, no doubt, but in the best possible way. Makes the BMW M5 and Mercedes-AMG E63 look positively weedy.

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Of course the bigger arches enable wider tyres and wheels – up from 9.5 to 11-inches – giving more grip. But Dodge didn’t stop there – the Widebody also gets three-mode adaptive dampers from Bilstein, Brembo brakes with whopping 15.4-inch discs and six-piston calipers and a new electric power steering system.

There are also stiffer springs, larger sway bars and retuned shocks. Meanwhile launch control, line-lock and a cooldown feature that keeps the intercooler pump and radiator fan running after the car’s switched off are all standard.

The result is 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds, a quarter-mile in 10.96 seconds and a top speed of 196mph. Dodge says it stops four feet sooner than the old car, and that it’ll generate 0.96g on a skid pad. On a “2.1-mile road course” Dodge claims the Widebody is 2.1 seconds a lap quicker than the car it replaces – or around 13 car-lengths.

The Widebody Package will also be available on the cheaper Charger Scat Pack, which has a N/A V8 with 485bhp. The Hellcat’s 6.2-litre V8 is supercharged.

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Want one? You’ll have to buy one out there and import, as Dodge will not be bringing any to Europe. Boo.

Now tell us – would you rather have one of these, or the two-door Challenger Hellcat? And are there any cars that wouldn’t look better with a set of really wide wheelarches bolted-on?

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