Is this the 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody?
The wait for the widebody Charger may be over. According to moparinsiders.com, Dodge is rolling two widebody models for 2020- the R/T Scat Pack and SRT Hellcat. Both models are said to receive “radically redesigned” fascias and side sills to incorporate the new bits, as well as feature retuned suspensions.
Transforming the Challenger to a widebody design led to a significant gain in the handling and department. The wider stance and tires offer superior cornering in the Challenger and the Charger Widebody, and it should be no different when the car launches in 2020. For now, Dodge appears to be sticking to its roots and DNA.
According to the site, the four-door sedan redesign will get a dual-snorkel grille that will feature wider fender flares, intakes in its upper section, and the current Charger SRT Hellcat hood. If it comes to fruition, the Charger will follow the already-launched Challenger versions into the widebody breach and will support the FCA’s passenger-car strategy. Steve Beahm, FCA’s head of passenger-car brands, wants the cars to look different and slapping fat hips on the Charger certainly does the job.
The Scat Pack is rumored to use its non-widened sibling’s 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 engine with 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque, and the wide Hellcat will get power from the familiar 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 with 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. Moparinsiders.com also reported that the cars are expected to feature standard launch control and 20×11-inch wheels shod with meaty, 305/35-size Pirellis. There’s a possibility that the Hellcat will get the same 10-hp bump to 717 horses as the already 2019 Challenger Hellcat and it could also get a 797-hp Redeye version at a later date.
The extra power to go along with the wide hips will be coming in later models. What that means is that the 6.4-liter V-8 with 485 hp in the R/T Scat Pack and a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 with 707 hp in the SRT Hellcat. As for the Challenger, the wide-body option adds 3.5 inches to the width of the car.
The Charger Widebody is said to be available for 2020. As for options, it is reported to be going specifically for the muscle sedan’s R/T Scat Pack and SRT Hellcat models. Aside from the Demon and Hellcat Redeye models, the Charger has seen only a few changes over the years.
Updates for the Charger 2019 were minimal, especially considering the car’s Challenger stablemate, received the 797-horsepower SRT Hellcat Redeye option for the same year. However, there could be another option. Perhaps the brand is saving more serious updates for the Charger’s future model years.
Until Dodge finally implements a full redesign for the Charger, as well as for the Challenger, sometime in 2021, there is the wide-body design to tide things over. Mike Manley, who heads Dodge parent company FCA, said in January of other plans that they have in mind. They are thinking about the next cars that will be available will likely rely on electric motors to add performance, as opposed to supercharged V-8.
Despite the 2019 Chicago Auto Show happening earlier this year and the upcoming New York Auto Show coming in April, moparinsiders.com goes on to say that the 2019 Woodward Dream Cruise, which is where the Dodge always has a significant presence during Roadkill Nights, will be the venue where it unveils the Charger Widebody. But this is still just a rumor. A Dodge spokesperson rejected to comment on this rumor, stating that it does not theorize about future product plans.
There have been a few images out on the internet, but FCA design head Mark Trostle shared a few images on Instagram. It could clearly be seen that the vehicle wears a graphical red, black, and white wrap but otherwise looks like entirely production-ready. The concept is being used to “gauge feedback from the huge Dodge Charger, Challenger, and Chrysler 300 enthusiast base.”
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