The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat’s calling card has all the time been its absurd 707 horsepower and rowdy angle, nevertheless it’s desperately lacked traction. There’s an answer for that: extra tire.

Enter the 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody. Dodge gave the brand new Charger Widebody wider, 305/35ZR20 Pirelli P Zeros at every nook, in addition to a retuned suspension, improved aerodynamics, and new design particulars to make a automobile that defines American extra much more extreme. Is all of it sufficient to make all that Hellcat energy usable? Dodge invited me to drive the 2020 Charger Hellcat Widebody on the observe at Sonoma Raceway and on the again roads of Napa, California, to seek out out.

Lengthy story quick, the Hellcat’s wider tires and retuned suspension assist the overpowered satan put the ability down, stay steady at velocity, and grip higher round corners, however this helaciously highly effective sedan can nonetheless burn you.

2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody

Wretched extra

As I exit flip 6 at Sonoma Raceway, roll into the throttle, and let the Charger Hellcat Widebody edge out to the correct facet of the observe and arrange for flip 7, I see the digital speedometer crest 85 mph. I search for and calculate that I can keep on the throttle.

It tops 100 mph simply because the hood passes the primary set of orange cones. I’ve entered the braking zone. I hold my foot in it.

I wish to dance with the Hellcat’s new-found grip.

One other second passes, nevertheless it feels extra like a minute. The supercharger whines like a grandmother screaming right into a mobile phone and 112 mph flashes throughout the cluster as I move the midway mark of the braking zone. Brakes, engaged!

The nostril dives, however the rear stays steady, which is nice as a result of the cement exterior wall is a couple of foot from the driving force’s door. I manhandle the thick SRT leather-wrapped steering wheel to the correct as the brand new electric-assist energy steering does its finest to transmit the texture of the large Pirellis digging in whereas the massive American sedan begins to rotate by means of the late-apex flip 7a. I lay 1 / 4 of the way in which into the throttle, let the automobile come round, then get totally on the gasoline. If I don’t hit the apex good the Hellcat received’t be set as much as correctly hyperlink collectively flip Eight and 8a.

Brake. Wait. Breathe. Flip. Wait. Partial throttle. Rotate. Full throttle. Now it’s time to hyperlink Eight and 8a, generally known as the esses, collectively.

I brake too late for flip Eight, and meaning I’m carrying an excessive amount of velocity, which generally is a frequent downside with any Hellcat. Dang.

Now I’ve to hit the brakes between Eight and 8a, which makes the tail twitch proper because the nostril goes left. Slight correction and throttle out.

This dance continues for practically two hours, nevertheless it solely took one lap to know that even 305s in any respect 4 corners have limits and 707 horsepower is tough to harness particularly given the Charger’s Four,586-pound mass.

2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody

2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody


The powertrain components hasn’t modified for 2020. The Charger Hellcat Widebody’s throbbing coronary heart remains to be a 6.2-liter V-Eight with a 2.Four-liter supercharger huffing 11.6 psi of enhance to assist create a ridiculous 707 hp and 650 pound-feet of torque. All the ability is distributed to the rear wheels through a quick-shifting Eight-speed automated transmission with close to telepathic programming. Whereas we #GiveAShift at Motor Authority, this automated practically makes us neglect a couple of three-pedal setup.

How that energy goes to the bottom has modified for 2020, with these 305/30ZR20 Pirelli P Zeros changing the slim physique’s 275/40R20s, which had been additionally P Zeros.

To benefit from the bigger contact patch, SRT engineers retuned the adaptive three-mode shocks, stiffened the entrance spring price 32 p.c, and swapped in bigger 34 mm entrance and 22 mm rear hole sway bars. It was all performed within the title of holding the big tires in fixed contact with the pavement.

It labored. The Hellcat’s extra steady at velocity each on the road and the racetrack. Whereas the Pirellis don’t tramline or search out each highway imperfection on Sonoma or the Napa again roads, I think they’ll once I get the brand new Widebody on damaged Midwest pavement and seamed freeways.

2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody

2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody

Be Aggressive, B.E. Aggressive

One take a look at the 2020 Charger Hellcat Widebody and it’s obvious what’s modified: It’s thick with angle.

To deal with the broader tires the Charger Widebody is three.5 inches wider than the narrow-body 2019 mannequin because of extra fender flares. Design director Mark Trostle instructed Motor Authority the widebody’s flares are literally spot welded into the fenders to make sure a good, lasting match. That was a lesson discovered from utilizing automotive double-stick tape on Grand Cherokee flares that notoriously got here free.

The entrance and rear bumpers are additionally new, and the nostril has a bigger grille and decrease air intakes to gulp in air to chill the 707-hp monster beneath the hood. The ducts on the corners of the entrance fascia feed recent air to the entrance brakes, and the rear ducts are purposeful as properly. A brand new rear spoiler provides 30 kilos of downforce, and there’s 40 lbs much less elevate up entrance because of revised aerodynamics.

Inside, the higher half of the dashboard and the tops of the door panels characteristic stitching and a brand new materials with completely different graining. It’s shinier, and cheaper seeking to the purpose that it evokes reminiscences of Chrysler dashboard supplies of the ’90s. On the plus facet, matte-finish carbon-fiber trim is now out there, as is a synthetic-suede headliner.

2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody

2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody

Nonetheless a Hellcat

The 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody is huge, heavy, and at $71,140 it’s not low-cost. Actually, it’s $29,650 greater than the better-balanced 2020 Dodge Charger Scat Pack Widebody and greater than double the worth of a base 2020 Charger.

Its platform could be traced again a long time, however that doesn’t change the truth that the Hellcat Widebody can put up loopy, supercar-like numbers. It’s a household sedan that may hit 196 mph, dash from zero to 60 mph in three.6 seconds, pull a 10.96-second quarter mile, and grip to the tune of zero.96 g on the skid pad. It could additionally take your child to soccer follow or the household out for dinner at Applebee’s.

The Dodge Charger Hellcat wanted extra tire to regulate its ridiculous 707 hp. For 2020 it has the broader rubber it wanted in addition to an angle adjustment, nevertheless it’s nonetheless a handful as a result of that is America and generally we prefer to get rowdy.

Fiat Chrysler Vehicles paid for journey and lodging so Web Manufacturers Automotive might convey you this first-hand report.


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