Dodge unveils the menacing new Challenger SRT Hellcat 'Widebody'

For those who want a more usable Demon
by Vijay Pattni | Jun 30, 2017
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What with all the noise around the new Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and its ferocious 840hp, you might worry about the little ol' Hellcat.

Don’t. Because now, it’s not so little. Dodge has bestowed upon it the wider arches from its Demon big brother to sate the hunger of Hellcat enthusiasts who want more grip. Wave a slightly-nervy hello to the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat 'Widebody.'

According to Dodge, the addition of a wider track gives the still-fearsome Hellcat "improved performance on the street and a bolder, more aggressive new look." The 3.5-inch extra width, along with 20-inch x 11-inch 'Devil's Rim' alloys and Pirelli P-Zeros means more face-distorting fun on track.

Dodge claims the "wider, more menacing stance" allows it to lap a 2.7km track two seconds faster than a standard Hellcat (though which track, we’re not sure), while it’ll also run a quarter mile 0.3s quicker too—10.9 seconds against 11.2 seconds for the regular car.

The benchmark 0-96kph sprint? That’s gone down by a tenth too (to 3.4 seconds), top speed sits at 314kph, and there is a 0.04g improvement in lateral grip (0.97g). Better wear your big boy pants, then.

Elsewhere, the 2018 Challenger Hellcat gets an electric power steering system for the first time, new grille and arch badges, the front splitter from the Demon, air-catcher headlights, and a power-bulge bonnet.

Handy, because there’s still a shedload of power, 707hp, to be precise, from the same supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8 as the regular Hellcat. Torque is plentiful too, at 881Nm.

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You can choose from 15 exterior colors, with US prices starting at $71,495 (P3.6 million)—around $7,000 more than a regular car. Worth it for the Widebody’s additional apex-splitting ability? You decide.

NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made. 

 

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