Widebody versions of the Dodge Charger Hellcat and the Scat Pack are now available.
You must look for the rear tires of the Dodge Charger Hellcat. 275mm is usually a decent width for rear boots, but in a 697hp car this size will cause some traction problems. Excellent for tomfoolery with rubber shredders, less suitable for good quarter-mile times. And tire bills.
But now there is a solution: the Dodge Charger Widebody. Similar to a wider version of the Challenger, which was launched a few years ago, it is a similar topic: thicker wheels and tires that sit under aggressively issued bows.
It's 90mm wider than a regular Challenger and allows for the assembly of new 20 "front and rear wheels with 305/35 tires. Behind it are six-piston calipers at the front and four-piston stoppers at the rear.
Bilstein's three-stage adaptive dampers are standard and there is a new electronic power steering system. The spring rates have been increased by 32 percent at the front, and the stabilizers are slightly wider than before.
It reaches 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds, lays back one mile in 10.96 seconds and reaches a top speed – with ample space from 196 miles per hour. With larger tire contact points and chassis modifications, the Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody lays 2.1 seconds faster over a 3.4km stretch, equaling "13 vehicle lengths per lap," Dodge points out.
It's not just old-school mechanics, it's also clever electronic features. There is a Race Cooldown function that drives the intercooler pump and radiator fan after stopping the engine to lower the temperature of the charger, and a Line Lock function for easy burnout. You'll probably know what Launch Control does, but there's also a startup wizard that can help you reduce the wheelspin.
For those who do not want quite as much as 697 horsepower, there is also the Scat Pack widebody, which uses a 6.4-liter instead of the V8 Naturally aspirated engine uses the Hellcat is charged 6.2. The Scat (a name that is not very good for British ears to translate though) still offers a lot of power at 485 hp and a speed of 0 to 60 km / h of 4.3 seconds.
It has the same clever electronics as the Hellcat widebody, along with a similar set of suspension adjustments and the same combination of flared bow and 305-mm tires.
Order books for both will open this fall. Which will it be for you?