Dodge Charger Widebody Debuts For Hellcat And Scat Pack

Dodge claims the widebody Hellcat is the fastest mass-produced sedan in the world.

The 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody arrives as a muscle car that can do double duty as a family hauler. The broader fenders add 3.5 inches to the body’s width and allow for 11-inch-wide tires to fit in the wells. Buyers can also opt for the meaner look on the Charger Scat Pack. Orders open for both models this fall, and deliveries start in early 2020.

2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody and Scat Pack Widebody
2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody and Scat Pack Widebody
2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody and Scat Pack Widebody
2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody and Scat Pack Widebody
2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody and Scat Pack Widebody
2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody and Scat Pack Widebody
2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody and Scat Pack Widebody
2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody and Scat Pack Widebody

The revised body kit also includes a new front fascia that adds a tiny slit below the main grille. According to Dodge, this design allows for the most direct route for cool air to reach the radiator. The side sills are bigger to maintain the look of the wider fenders. A redesigned trunk lip spoiler sits on the back.

The Charger Hellcat Widebody packs the familiar supercharged 6.2-liter V8 with 707 horsepower (527 kilowatts) and 650 pound-feet (881 Newton-meters) that runs through an eight-speed gearbox. The official figures indicate the muscle car hits 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in 3.6 seconds and can cover the quarter mile in 10.96 seconds. Dodge touts it as the world’s fastest mass-produced sedan with a top speed of 196 miles per hour (315 kilometers per hour). Using the caveat “mass produced” is the brand’s way to get around a faster, lower production vehicle like the new Bentley Flying Spur that tops out at 207 mph (333 kph).

The 2020 Charger Hellcat Widebody also benefits from performance upgrades beyond just its wider tires. An overhauled suspension includes stiffer springs, larger sway bars, and Bilstein three-mode adaptive dampers. A new electric power steering system lets the driver select their referred setting from different levels of assistance. A set of 15.4-inch Brembo front brakes handle the stopping duties.

Some new tech features improve performance, too. For example, the Race Cooldown feature keeps running the running the intercooler pump and radiator fan to continue cooling the supercharger. Line lock holds the front brakes, while allowing the driver to do a burnout for heating up the rear tires. Launch control is available by simply hitting a switch on the dashboard. Plus, launch assist uses the wheel speed sensors to prevent wheel hop during a launch. 

On the inside, heated and ventilated Laguna leather front seats are standard. The available upholstery shades include Black, Black and Sepia, or Black and Demonic Red. There’s also an optional Carbon & Suede Package that adds carbon fiber trim to the instrument panel and center console, in addition to Dynamica faux suede on the headliner, A-pillars, and sun visors. 

The Widebody package is optional on the Charger Scat Pack. It retains much of the same equipment, including the Brembo brakes, improved suspension, and electric power steering. The 6.4-liter V8 makes 485 hp (362 kW) and 475 lb-ft (644 Nm) and runs through an eight-speed automatic. Dodge’s specs indicate the sedan can hit 60 mph (96 kph) in 4.3 seconds and cover the quarter mile in 12.4 seconds.

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