In what might possibly be the worst kept secret of the year, Dodge confirms it is expanding its high-performance Charger models for 2020, adding a Widebody Package to America’s only four-door muscle car.
2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody
Powered by the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat V-8 engine, the 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody boasts a best-in-class 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque. With a top speed of196 mph, Dodge claims makes it’s the most powerful and fastest mass-produced sedan in the world.
The Widebody Package is standard on Charger SRT Hellcat and available on Charger Scat Pack. It includes new integrated fender flares that add 3.5 inches of body width, creating an even more aggressive, planted stance. The flares make room for the wider 20-inch by 11-inch wheels and Pirelli 305/35ZR20 tires, Brembo six-piston front calipers with two-piece front brake rotors and unique suspension tuning with Bilstein three-mode adaptive damping, all combining to deliver improved performance on the street, strip and road course.
"People say, 'no one wants cars anymore.' I would tell you that the 40,000 people who bought a Dodge Charger so far this year would probably agree, because to them, the Charger isn’t just a car. The Charger’s reach extends beyond body-style practicalities and it can’t be defined by average industry shifts,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. "Can you buy a vehicle that is dollar for dollar more practical than a Charger Widebody? Absolutely, but there are also more than 1,000 flavors of ice cream and vanilla is only one of them. If the 'average' person will own six cars in his or her lifetime, our cars need to connect so strongly that people can't help, but turn around and take a second look before walking away."
Take a look at the Charger Widebody in action:
For the first time ever, Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody now features standard EPS with selectable steering tuning to better manage increased grip, both improving handling performance and delivering better steering feel and ease of turning efforts at parking lot speeds.
With EPS and standard SRT Drive Modes accessed via the 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen, drivers can tailor their experience by controlling horsepower, transmission shift speeds, steering, paddle shifters, traction and suspension settings.
SRT Drive Modes include Street (Auto), Sport and Track and Custom.
Additional upgrades designed to improve handling include:
Increased front spring rates – 32 percent stiffer than previous model
Larger sway bars – expanding from 32 mm to 34 mm in front and from 19 mm to 22 mm in the rear
Retuned shocks with revised valving to complement stiffer springs
Four race-inspired technologies that come standard for 2020 also bolster performance:
Race Cooldown: Keeps cooling the supercharger/charge air cooler after the engine is shut off by running the intercooler pump and radiator fan
Line Lock: Engages the front brakes to hold the Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody stationary, but leaves the rear wheels free for a burnout to heat up and clean the rear tires
Launch Control: Easily accessed from a switch on the dashboard, manages tire slip while launching the vehicle to allow the driver to achieve consistent straight-line acceleration
Launch Assist: Uses wheel speed sensors to watch for driveline-damaging wheel hop at launch and, in milliseconds, modifies the engine torque to regain full grip
The Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody also stops shorter than the vehicle it replaces. For outstanding heat management and longevity, the Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody features standard 15.4-inch Brembo two-piece front brake rotors with six-piston front calipers and four-piston rear calipers. Stopping distance is four feet shorter (107 feet) from 60-0 mph.
SRT engineers took this wider, stickier beast to the track to see what it can do. The result: improved performance on the street, strip and road course and the quickest and best-handling production Charger SRT Hellcat ever.
The 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody runs 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds, has a quarter-mile elapsed time (ET) in 10.96 seconds and pulls .96 g on the skidpad. It also delivers a road course lap time 2.1 seconds faster than the vehicle it replaces after one lap of a 2.1-mile track. That is equal to 13 car lengths per lap.
Dodge redesigned the front end of the 2020 Charger Hellcat Widebody. It includes a new mail-slot grille, providing the most direct route for cool air to travel into the radiator, to maintain ideal operating temperature even in the hottest conditions. New side sills connect the front and rear fascias to help amplify the integrated design. In back, a new rear spoiler, unique to the Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody, is designed to create aero balance with the new front-end design.
New, wider wheels include:
Standard 20-inch by 11-inch forged split-five spoke with standard Low-gloss Carbon Black finish
Optional 20-inch by 11-inch “Warp Speed” deep dish, with Low-gloss Granite finish
Optional 20-inch by 11-inch Brass Monkey
Pirelli 305/35ZR20 all-season performance tires are standard; three-season tires are available.
The race-inspired interior also gets some updates. It features standard French live-stitch accents throughout the instrument panel and doors.
An available new Carbon & Suede Package adds real carbon fiber accents to the instrument panel and console bezels and suede headliner, sun visors and A-pillars. A new SRT Hellcat instrument panel badge is unique for the 2020 model year with a black and red finish.
Additional unique interior elements and soft-touch finishes include:
Standard heated and ventilated Laguna leather front seats feature embossed Hellcat logo. Available interior color combinations include Black, Black/Sepia or Black/Demonic Red
Heated, leather-wrapped SRT flat-bottom steering wheel with mounted controls and paddle shifters is standard or available in wrapped Alcantara
Fully electronic, performance-inspired shifter controls the standard TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission
Dealers will be able to order 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody and Scat Pack Widebody models this fall and it will begin arriving in Dodge//SRT dealerships in early 2020.