Denied a Horsepower Hike for 2019, Dodge Grants the Charger a 2020 Bump

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
denied a horsepower hike for 2019 dodge grants the charger a 2020 bump

Dodge’s Charger and Challenger are rolling anachronisms we’ll miss after they’re gone. For now, the two full-size rear-drivers soldier on into the future atop their ancient underpinnings, with Fiat Chrysler bestowing an ever-growing list of variants upon still-interested buyers.

The latest corrects what some Mopar fans may have viewed as an oversight. Last year, following the release of the long-teased Challenger SRT Demon, Dodge pushed the Challenger SRT Hellcat’s supercharged 6.2-liter up to 717 horses, giving would-be buyers 10 more reasons to desire the model. A Redeye version delivered 797 hp, a downgrade (if it can really be called that) from the limited-edition Demon’s 840 hp.

Meanwhile, the Charger was left to “suffer” with only 707 hp. Not anymore.

After introducing widebody versions of the Hellcat and Scat Pack Chargers for 2020, Dodge has bestowed an extra 10 hp upon its super sedan, though buyers had best act fast ⁠— this word salad of a model doesn’t come with an indefinite supply.

Officially called the 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition (*draws deep breath*), this Charger variant packs the same 717 hp found in the Challenger SRT Hellcat and dons a retro paint scheme designed to remind you of the year of the moon landing. Regular Charger Hellcats remain at 707 hp and the same 650 lb-ft of torque as found in the Daytona.

Inside, trim-specific stitching and badging abounds, and you’ll find your instrument panel swathed in carbon fiber.

Featuring 20-inch wheels, a lip spoiler (no high-flying wing, sorry), and four paint choices ⁠— one of them, B5 Blue, being exclusive to this model — the Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition is limited to 501 examples, with orders opening in the fall. That production figure mirrors that of the original, short-lived 1969 Charger Daytona.

Pricing has not been announced, but customers should expect to gain delivery early next year. Those of you eager to see yet another version of FCA’s venerable power twins in the flesh had best head down to the Woodward Dream Cruise this weekend (specifically, the Modern Street Hemi Shootout Lot in Pontiac, Michigan).

[Images: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]

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  • Jeff S Jeff S on Aug 15, 2019

    The Charger and Challenger will not last much longer so this is the last hurrah for American made rear wheel drive muscle cars. I don't believe there is enough market for these vehicles and that is why FCA has not done a major redesign of these vehicles.

  • Cognoscenti Cognoscenti on Aug 19, 2019

    I for one hope that FCA just keeps making LX sedans until the market says "no more". If we can't have a redesign, they should just keep doing mild refreshes on the cheap indefinitely. The tooling has long been paid for!

  • NotMyCircusNotMyMonkeys hornet is an alfa with $15k on the hood from the factory in italy
  • Tassos This "Eldorado" is a sad caricature of the far more substantial Eldorado and esp "Biarritz"s of the late 50s and 60s.It belongs to the junkyard. I can see no reason why anybody would want to restore this loser.Instead, you can get a FLAGSHIP German Luxury Sedan from the Web auctions, such as this one that was just sold for a tiny fraction of its price new, and which is still eminently driveable with little or no improvements:
  • Cprescott Yet Honduh can't even build a car with safe seatbelts.
  • Analoggrotto " If we look into who was leading in overall recalls for 2022, Ford had the most – followed by Volkswagen, Stellantis, Mercedes-Benz, and General Motors. Though Kia and Hyundai followed immediately after."Such great company to be within.
  • FreedMike Here's my question: Why, Dodge, did you wait 10+ years to introduce a vehicle like the Hornet - a compact CUV with some performance chops and "Dodge attitude"? I'm not crazy about the Hornet itself, but the concept itself is great, and if they'd done something like it - and at a lower price point - in 2012, they wouldn't be staring at the business abyss they are now. They might have even generated enough profit to keep the Challenger and Charger refreshed and up-to-date, as Ford did with the Mustang - which is sticking around, unlike the Dodge muscle cars.