2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody: New Hellcat version gets girth and grip

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody (Sinclair Broadcast Group / Jill Ciminillo)

It looks like Dodge is closing out the Hellcat lineup with an all-new wide-body version, which is slated to hit dealers in the third quarter of 2017.

The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody brings new fender flares that add 3.5 inches of width to the standard Challenger design. Also on tap, factory-installed 20 x 11-inch “Devil’s Rim” split five-spoke aluminum wheels and 305/35ZR20 Pirelli P-Zero performance tires. This directly answers the enthusiasts request for a Hellcat with more grip.

“The new Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody completes our strongest Dodge muscle car lineup in history,” said Tim Kuniskis, head of passenger cars for Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT – FCA North America, in a press release. “Our brand, engineering and design teams poured a ton of effort into making the new SRT Demon the world’s fastest quarter-mile production car, so now we’re leveraging that know-how, and some of those vital elements and transferring them to the new Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody for improved performance on the street and a bolder, more aggressive new look.”

As a Hellcat, the Widebody model will get the same 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 engine that delivers 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. Base price will be $72,590 – which includes both a gas guzzler tax and destination.

Things to know about the Hellcat versus the Widebody include:

  • Road course lap time on a 1.7-mile track lowered by approximately 2 seconds per lap
  • Quarter-mile elapsed time is improved by approximately .3 sec
  • Lateral skid pad grip increased by .04 g
  • 0-60 mph acceleration improved by .1 second
  • Top speed of 195 mph

Though the Widebody will hit dealers this fall, it’s open for dealer orders starting in July.

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