By on June 27, 2017

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody

The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat gets a new variant for the 2018 model year, and it just happens to be the widebody model track day enthusiasts have been clamoring for since the car’s initial announcement.

Borrowing the fender flares and front lip from the Dodge Demon, the Hellcat keeps its 707-horsepower supercharged V8 while adding extra room for more rubber. Since the supercharged Challenger is notoriously poor at transferring its power to the pavement, the wider 305/35ZR20 Pirelli P-Zero performance tires allow for superior cornering and straight-line speed.

Dodge claims the widebody shaves 0.3 seconds off the “normal” Hellcat’s 1/4 mile time for a lean ETA of 10.9 seconds. It also says the 305mm rubber helps the beast claw its way from 0.93 lateral g to 0.97 — while not earth-shattering, it’s still a major improvement. FCA has also changed the steering to an electric unit with selectable presets, claiming improved road feel, precision, and usability at lower speeds.Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody

However, it’s the looks that benefit the most from the extra 3.5 inches of width the widebody brings to the table. Even if you never plan on bringing the car to a track, you can still look at it in the garage and feel like you made the correct purchase as you caress the fender flares. The only measurable downside is that the added drag limits the fatter cat to 195 mph.

Dodge’s 2018 Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody opens to dealer orders in July and will begin arriving in the third quarter of this year. Tires, wheels, and width does come at a premium, however. Pricing begins at $72,590 — seven grand over the standard Hellcat’s MSRP but still significantly less than Dodge Demon’s.

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody

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14 Comments on “Dodge’s Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody Adds Some Much-needed Grip...”

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    Just don’t mention “wide-body” around the wife.

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    SCE to AUX

    Looks too boy-racerish to me. Maybe it looks better in person.

    It’s not really a wide body (like a Ford Raptor), since it appears to simply have very prominent fender flares painted body color, which only make it externally wider, not internally.

    But I’ll give credit to Dodge – they know how to develop creative options.

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    How many things can these engineers to these old Daimler derived platforms to keep people interested and buying their products?

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    Compaq Deskpro

    “FCA has also changed the steering to an electric unit”

    Revenge of the Sith style NOOOOOOOOOO

    I love my 2014, its the last of everything. Regular old port injected naturally aspirated pump gas V6, old Mercedes 5 speed auto with the regular old trans fluid, regular old hydraulic steering reasonable 17″ rims, regular old headlights, no gadgets or warning sensors, regular old bulbs, regular old CD player radio that can be replaced with whatever head unit your heart desires, including the big screen uConnect only available in RAM trucks.

    Now that I think of it maybe the enormous peak horsepower makes the hydraulic (engine accessory) steering unpredictable, so electric can be more precisely controlled by the computer (if not the driver).

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    She may be a fat girl but damn she wears that extra weight so well.

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    Incredibly awesome on an enthusiast level of appreciating performance vehicles. Thankful we are not limited to electric vehicles.

    If only FCA placed as much effort to improve it’s overall lineup at Dodge and Chrysler as it has on making limited production high performance models. Demon and Hellcat are not going to pay the bills and keep Dodge and Chrysler from going extinct.

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    Love the bulging fenders. Looks like it could have been put together by Kindig.

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    This is the way it should have looked from the beginning.

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    If I won the lottery, that’s the one I would buy.

  • avatar

    0.97g may not be “earth shattering”, but it’s still damn impressive for a car of this heft and purpose.

  • avatar

    Still slower than a Miata.

  • avatar

    It needs its name changed to Fat Cat and to come eblazoned with a hot rod cat cartoon vinyl (Ed Roth style optional).

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