Dodge is claiming that its new 2020 model year Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody is the “most powerful and fastest mass-produced sedan in the world”.
Powered by a supercharged 6.2-litre HEMI Hellcat V8 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, the four-door saloon is claimed to generate a “best-in-class” 707 bhp and 650 lb-ft of torque, while delivering a zero to 60 mph time of 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 196 mph.
The Widebody Package includes new integrated fender flares that add 3.5 inches of body width, creating a more aggressive, planted stance, according to the designers.
The flares make room for the wider 20-inch by 11-inch wheels and Pirelli 305/35ZR20 tyres, Brembo six-piston front calipers with two-piece front brake rotors and custom suspension tuning with Bilstein three-mode adaptive damping.
Other significant design changes include a newly styled front fascia that also incorporates a new mail-slot grille, providing a more direct route for cool air to travel into the radiator. There are also new side sills, a new rear spoiler, and two-piece satin chrome SRT Hellcat fender badges.
“People say, ‘no one wants cars anymore.’ I would tell you that the 40,000 people 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,” comments Tim Kuniskis, head of passenger cars at Chrysler. “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 flavors 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.”