By on April 23, 2019

Instagram user eviil_srt, so named for his sinister-looking Chrysler 300 SRT8, posted a video in which he claims to have caught a production-ready Charger widebody in the midst of filming a commercial.

The video quality is perplexingly horrendous and involves plenty of unnecessary hooting noises coming from the camera operator, but we’ll cut him some slack. As a Mopar fan, he can’t be expected to remain sane in situations like these. Tapping down the enthusiasm is for saner people responding to other brands. 

We’ve seen widebody SRT Chargers before. Back in March, another eagle-eyed fan spotted a prototype Hellcat that later appeared at Spring Fest. At the time Dodge said the car was being showcased to “gauge feedback from the huge Dodge Charger, Challenger and Chrysler 300 enthusiast base that attends the California event each year.” Yet the company claimed it had no concrete plans to actually manufacture the vehicle.

However, with a commercial being shot, it looks as though Dodge’s only sedan will soon receive some added girth. While doubts remain, the vehicle in the latest video does have a license plate that matches the body color. Dodge has been doing this for its promotional materials for a while now. It may not be a guarantee, but it’s a very good sign that the commercial claims are legitimate.

Unfortunately, the low resolution and short runtime makes picking out additional details difficult. The spoiler is fairly modest — shorter than the ducktail we saw on the Spring Fest prototype and about what you’d expect to see on a standard Hellcat sedan. The rest of the car, while harder to examine, does appear to have a similar (or possibly identical) rear fascia as the prototype.

Mopar Insiders previously claimed the vehicle would debut at the 2019 Woodward Dream Cruise and go on sale as a 2020 model-year vehicle. Additional rumors suggest a fall launch. Whenever it arrives, expect a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 with at least 707 horsepower beneath the hood. A less-powerful Scat Pack variant is also said to be in the works.

[Image: FCA]

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6 Comments on “Widebody Dodge Charger Spotted During Commercial Shoot...”

  • avatar
    Big Wheel

    I’d take one of these in Scat Pack form with the 392 Hemi in Plum Crazy Purple.

  • avatar

    That does not look like a wide body to me.

    • 0 avatar

      The term maybe shouldn’t be wide body but wide track. The standard 2019 Charger, Challenger, and 300, all have a 63.4″ front track. If FCA were to build the next generation by modifying the Pacifica platform for RWD, the front track would be 68.3″. That would make a huge difference in handling.

      Look what FCA has done with the 500L platform, creating a mess’o’Jeeps with it, and you can imagine them using the Pacifica platform to replace the aging RWD models that still sell. The bonus is that they could probably be built in the Windsor plant along with the Pacifica, and use the RWD version to create an AWD Pacifica.

      That would free up the Brampton plant for ???

      • 0 avatar

        All those Jeeps are FWD/AWD, like the 500L.

        I’m not sure if its even possible to build RWD and FWD vehicles off the same platform. Even if you could, I would think the resulting vehicles would have too many compromises to be viable.

  • avatar
    cimarron typeR

    yeah, that videographer is pretty much the stereotype of a Charger/Challenger buyer . Then again,no one gets that excited posting about a Prius.

  • avatar

    “no one gets that excited posting about a Prius.”

    Why? There is nothing more exciting than Prius with V8.

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