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Dodge isn't Hiding the Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody

Mar 31, 2019 - 8:19 PM - by MagnumClub

Dodge isn't Hiding the Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody | Torque News

Over the past year or so, our insiders within FCA have been telling us about the pending arrival of a DodgeCharger SRT Hellcat and it appears as though that arrival could be very soon. Pictures, a video and an informational graphic have surfaced online over the course of the past week, leading us to believe that it won’t be long before the wider Hellcat sedan makes its official debut.

The First Look

According to our friends at Allpar, pictures of what appear to be Hellcat Charger Widebody test cars clad in unique SRT camouflage turned up online over the weekend, along with what appears to be an FCA graphic detailing the features of the widened muscle sedan. Those pictures were followed by video of one of these carscruising through traffic in Metro Detroit and that video has been met with messages from a handful of other people who have seen these cars (it could be the same car, but we know that there is more than one that looks exactly like this).

Click here for a look at the Instagram video of the Charger Widebody on the move.
In other words, Dodge is seemingly putting the widebody Charger out there for the world to see, although the flashy SRT camo does a good job of hiding the lines a bit. That being said, there is no question that this is the body of a Hellcat Charger with unique wheels and an unmistakable widened body.
I reached out to FCA to see if they had any input on this mysterious machine. They didn’t offer any specific details on the cars shown in these pictures and videos, but they did state that something special is coming to this weekend’s Spring Festival of LXs in Southern California.

“We are taking a Charger design concept to Spring Fest to gauge feedback from the huge Dodge Charger, Challenger and Chrysler 300 enthusiast base that attends the California event each year," said a Dodge representative.

So, we don’t know for sure that this Charger design concept will be a widebody car, but with pictures of multiple examples of the widebody cars shown here coupled with video and eyewitness accounts of seeing these cars on the street, it seems like the odds are good that the Spring Festival concept will be a widebody Charger.

Widebody Details
Based on the information graphic that turned up online, the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody will have the same basic attributes as the widebody Challenger. This includes the electronic power steering system, a uniquely-tuned suspension setup, 20x11-inch wheels wrapped in 305-wide rubber and, of course, the widebody package. That includes the flares over all four wheels, along with a widened front and rear fascia.

As an interesting note, the wheels on the Charger in the Instagram video do not appear to be the same wheels as the rollers on the Challenger Hellcat Widebody, so perhaps the 2020 widebody cars will get new wheels.

Of course, we should point out that the original source of this graphic is unknown, so for all we know, it could have been made up by a bored kid, but it certainly looks like the kind of graphic that would be used by FCA or a supplier in a... [Read More]
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Who Should Buy the 2019 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack Widebody

Nov 09, 2018 - 9:07 AM - by MagnumClub
By Patrick Rall, LXForums Editor

Who Should Buy the 2019 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack Widebody

Over the past few months, Ive had several chances to spend time behind the wheel of a 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody. My first experience with the 485-horsepower Widebody car came on the road course of Club Motorsports in Vermont, followed by some road driving in rural Vermont and Maine. More recently, I had a Destroyer Grey Scat Pack Widebody for the Woodward Dream Cruise, allowing me to test the car on my local roads.

Driving the Widebody Scat Pack on the race track and on roads in two different areas gave me a great feel for the car. Giving me an even better feel for the newest widebody offering was the fact that when driving it, I also spent time driving it back-to-back with a new Redeye in Maine and my own Hellcat Challenger when I had the car at home. While comparing the 707-horsepower Hellcat or the 797-horsepower Redeye to the 485-horsepower Scat Pack might seem ridiculous, being able to compare these cars head-to-head allowed me to see how well the Scat Pack does so many things.

So, who should buy the Challenger Scat Pack Widebody? Anyone who wants a 485-horsepower Mopar muscle car with the best possible handling or the best possible launch grip or anyone who wants a car that will stand out in just about any automotive crowd.

Widebody Performance Advantages
The widebody package offers the same advantages in the R/T Scat Pack as it does in the Demon, Hellcat and Redeye. The wider wheels and 305-millimeter wide Pirelli P Zero tires afford the Scat Pack significantly more grip on launch and when you add in the specially-tuned electronic power assisted steering system, the Widebody Scat Pack handles considerably better than the standard body with the narrower wheels and tires. Also, the massive Brembo brakes that come with the Widebody package offer world class stopping power.

I didn’t get to test the Widebody Scat Pack on the track or on the street directly next to the standard body car, but I spent lots of time cruising in the Scat Pack with my wife driving our Hellcat Challenger.

Hard Digs
My Hellcat has the stock Pirelli 275 P Zeros with the 8-speed automatic while the Scat Pack had the 6-speed manual and the stock 305 Pirelli P Zeros, but even with the difference of over 200 horsepower, the Widebody Scat Pack would hop out on the Hellcat on a good launch. Mind you, the Hellcat would drive around it as soon as the tires gripped, but the bottom line here is that the 305 Pirelli tires allowed me to launch the Widebody Scat Pack very hard while still getting good traction. Also, when banging through gears, the 485-horsepower Hemi isn’t as quick to break the 305s loose like it does with the 245 or 275 tires that come on the standard body Scat Pack Challenger.

In other words, the Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody has a distinct in launching ability over the standard body car with the same engine, so if you are into drag racing, this new package will improve the low-end acceleration. In addition to the stock widebody tires gripping better than the stock tires on the narrow body cars, the widebody package also allows you to run a wider drag radial tire at the track without kicking up all sorts of rocks into the rear quarter panels. That being said, drag racers should opt for the automatic transmission over the manual for the best-possible quarter mile times.

Better Cornering
While the improved grip on a hard launch will likely appeal to more potential Challenger drivers, the Scat Pack Widebody wheel and tire package works with the performance-tuned electronic assisted steering system to offer better cornering grip as well. On the road course in Vermont, I was able to push the car through corners just as hard as I was the Redeye, with the big front tires allowing me to point the car where I wanted it to go in the turn – and that was where it went.

In terms of real world driving, I found that in the harshest turning situations –... [Read More]
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Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Production Officially Began Today

Oct 02, 2018 - 9:47 PM - by armtorque
Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Production Officially Began Today-dsc_8604-jpg

FCA announced this afternoon that production of the 797-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Redeye began today in Brampton and while we don’t know for sure when the first units will reach dealers – we do know for sure that the newest Mopar muscle car is about to hit the streets.

We had originally been told that production of the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat would begin in late September. FCA announced that production of the 797-horsepower muscle car actually began today, so it started about a week later than we expected, but the bottom line here is that production is underway.

According to FCA, 2019 Dodge Challengers with the Hellcat Redeye package began rolling off of the assembly line in Brampton, Ontario, Canada earlier this afternoon. This means that if you were one of the first people to order the new Redeye package, your car may have been built today. More importantly, with cars rolling off of the line, the arrival of these supercharged muscle cars to dealers and owners around the country draws closer.
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