SONOMA, California—”The modern-day auto is dead,” said the Dodge Charger cast administrator as he batten to a accumulation of track-hungry journalists in the paddock at Sonoma Raceway. This came aloof afore advertence that the current-generation four-door Charger, launched way aback in 2011, is about to annual its best third division of sales aback 2013. In fact, he said, Dodge has awash some 80,000 Chargers annually in anniversary of the accomplished seven years, and it will do so afresh in 2019. Looks like this cast administrator gets to accumulate his job.
For the 2020 archetypal year, the Charger follows in the Challenger’s addict strips with a new Widebody analysis that brings 3.5-inch fender flares to apartment new artificial “Devil’s Rim” five-spoke, 20-inch wheels. Said auto admeasurement some 11 inches advanced and are captivated in compact 305/35 Pirelli P Zero tires at all four corners. Like the Challenger SRT Hellcat, this is the alone agreement for the Charger SRT Hellcat now—narrow-body SRT Hellcats are now anachronous charcoal or burning classics, depending on who’s ancillary you’re on.
SRT Hellcat Widebody: What’s Included
Other changes accept been fabricated to sweeten the deal. The advanced and rear bumpers are different, so as to accommodate into the added fender arches, and the grille gets a new mail-slot architecture to augment added cooling air to the agent bay. Added than that, the abeyance has been reworked with new Bilstein three-mode dampers, retuned advanced springs that are 27 percent stiffer, and beefier anti-roll confined (up a abounding 3 mm in the rear to 22 mm). A restyled rear spoiler, argent Hellcat fender badges on best anatomy colors, multi-setting electric ability steering, and a carbon-look apparatus bezel central the berth are additionally new. The SRT Hellcat’s absorbing 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 agent produces the aforementioned 707 application and 650 lb-ft of torque as before, but cyberbanking ability council is new and offers capricious effort.
The updates accompany a amount access of about $2,000, acceptation the 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody starts at $71,140. If you appetite to absorb alike added money, opt for the Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition that adds $4,995. But you do get 10 added horsepower, for a absolute of 717, acknowledgment to revised agent programing, as able-bodied as Daytona cartoon that are declared to anamnesis the 1969 Charger Daytona and the advantage of an absolute B5 Blue exoteric color. Aloof 501 Daytona editions will be built.
If you don’t charge all that ability or are aren’t acquisitive to absorb all that scratch, the Charger Scat Pack (above) is additionally offered in a Widebody agreement for 2020 with the aforementioned accoutrements as its big-power brother. That agency the three-mode Bilstein suspension, the multi-mode steering, the beyond anti-roll bars, the fat flares, wheels, and tires all appear forth for the ride aback you pony up an added $6,000 over the accepted Charger Scat Pack (which charcoal available). For $47,090, buyers get a 485-hp, 475-lb-ft 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 commutual with a TorqueFlite eight-speed automated transmission.
Driving the SRT Hellcat Widebody
Before axis us apart on the track, a alley drive in the Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody reveals gluttonous excess—so, absolutely what its buyers are attractive for. While 707 application in a rear-wheel-drive auto sounds like fun on the street, it’s absolutely an exercise in annoyance accustomed how awfully few places you can flat-foot the throttle. Nevertheless, we were consistently reminded of the Hellcat’s potential, as alike dabbling forth the bankrupt agilely rumbles and the supercharger emits a slight whine. Toggling through the suspension’s settings, the ride in Normal approach is close but adequate for a muscled-up supersedan. Sport firms things up abundant that you’ll apparently shy abroad from application it on annihilation but altogether bland roads, while Clue is absolutely best larboard to the setting’s namesake. Truth be told, if you don’t affliction about Hellcat aloof rights but appetite a accepted four-door beef car, the Scat Pack was our aces for on-road antics with added than abundant ability to get into all sorts of agitation at a lower buy-in.
Even on the clue and alike with the new Widebody configuration, active a Charger SRT Hellcat bound is an exercise in abstemiousness and anxiously ecology the absorption accessible from the elastic meatballs at the corners. With all settings on Clue mode, acceptance added blooper from the rear end, don’t alike anticipate about giving abounding burke unless the Charger’s council caster is acicular absolutely straight. That said, the Charger is no, say, Viper. Driven anxiously and capably, the Charger Hellcat Widebody is thrilling, able of breeding huge anchor and amazing dispatch and braking. In fact, Dodge says that while the SRT Hellcat Charger Widebody’s zero-to-60-mph time is still 3.6 seconds, the quarter-mile time is bottomward from 11.80 abnormal to 10.96. (Top dispatch drops from 204 mph to 196 on annual of the chunkier, beneath glace bodywork, though. Ah, well. Dodge already fabricated its business hay with the ‘200-mph sedan’ stuff.) With these sorts of numbers, we do ambition Dodge would accept installed added abundantly bolstered seats—we generally begin ourselves affective adjoin our will beneath abundant g loadings.
The Charger Scat Pack Widebody charcoal a blessed average amid Charger SRT Hellcat and R/T. Its changes absolutely beating three-tenths off its 60-mph dart time, accepting the assignment done in 4.3 abnormal on the way to a quarter-mile run of 12.4 seconds. On the track, the Scat Pack isn’t absolutely the scattering the Hellcat can be at times, but there’s still affluence of beef and a accomplished lotta grip—claimed crabbed dispatch is up to 0.98 g. At about $25,000 cheaper than the SRT Hellcat, it’s our aces for the budget-minded or those drivers who amount about 500 application is enough. (Yes, these bodies do exist.)
Perhaps the best atypical affair about the Charger is that it doesn’t feel like a bleeding-edge car. It’s a big, heavy, obnoxious, and beasty beef auto that can put a lot of old-school feel aback in the circadian commute. And that’s a acceptable thing. Perhaps the Charger cast administrator said it best: “It’s a badass ancestors hauler.” It abiding as hell is.
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