The 2020 Dodge Charger Has Powerful Horsepower
Dodge has you covered if you’re looking to purchase a supercharged V8 muscle car but only have money for a vehicle that offers a turbocharged engine. At the moment you can purchase a 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger for just over $60,000. That’s still a chunk of change but it beats the alternative.
Although Dodge isn’t known for their corner-carving capabilities, they are attempting to rectify the situation with the new Widebody packages. The Challenger got the update for 2019 and for 2020 the update is now available on the Charger. The consistency of the update between the trims is exciting.
The Widebody package on the Charger SRT Hellcat adds 3.5 inches of width to the vehicle. The wider track on the Charger means it can accommodate the 305/35-section Pirelli P-Zero tires which are wrapped around the 20-inch wheels. Other wheels available are the new deep-dish “Warp Speed” style wheels and the classic “Brass Monkey” wheels.
“There are a lot of changes to the Charger aside from it being wider. There are stiffer front springs, upgraded sway bars, and the returned suspension geometry make the Charger a bit better poised for cornering than before,” cnet.com stated in an article. The revised electronic power steering setup gives the drivers different weight settings which are appropriately named Street, Sport, and Track.
There are a few things that are transferred from 2019 and those include a race cooldown mode, which keeps cooling liquids flowing through the engine even when it’s off. There is also the Line Lock for big burnouts and the launch control which makes the most of the Hellcat’s 3.6-second 0-to-60-mph time. The 6.2-liter, supercharged V8 in the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat delivers 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque which are directed to the rear wheels only.
This vehicle offers a lot to handle, especially for those who are always on the road. When driving the Charger, it drives at 55-mph with incredible ease and it changes direction rather quickly with only the slightest of steering input. The main takeaway is that the Charger is still considered a big brute.
The addition of the added grip from the fat P-Zero tires and the slightly stiffer suspension doesn’t make it feel unruly according to CNET. If the 707 horsepower feels like too much, Dodge offers the Widebody on the Charger Scat Pack. It gets the same wheel/tire setup as the Hellcat, along with the stiffer front springs and the suspension tuning.
The only thing that is upgraded on the Scat Pack is the naturally aspirated 6.4-liter V8 which put out a manageable 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. Both vehicles, the Scat Pack and the Hellcat, get Dodge’s Uconnect infotainment system which runs on an 8.4-inch touchscreen. Navigation is an option but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standards on the vehicle.
The Scat Pack has optional adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-departure warning and assist. The Hellcat has a blind-spot monitoring standard. As for the widebody on the Charger, the interior is still largely the same.