Testing the 2019 Dodge R/T Scat Pack Widebody

March 12th, 2019 by

Listen up muscle car fans. The latest Dodge Challenger version, the R/T Scat Pack Widebody, is here. And it comes with a few upgrades that those wanting the most recent, will not want to miss out on.

The Widebody comes with a 392-cubic-inch 6.4-Liter HEMI V-8 engine; it has 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque. It can also handle its 4,241-lb curb weight very well. The exterior includes an aluminum power-bulge hood with dual hot-air extractors and air-catcher headlights.

Included in a Widebody Package are black 20-by-11 inch Devil’s Rim split five-spoke aluminum wheels (which are large, heavy spokes with an outward curve), adaptive damping suspension and antilock four-wheel disc six-piston brakes. Performance shift indicator, Widebody competition suspension, and Widebody fender flares, which add 3.5 inches, are also included in the package.

The R/T Scat Pack package also adds an SRT-tuned chassis with stiffer front springs, more massive front, and rear stabilizer bars and adaptive shock absorbers. It gets more aggressive with the front bumper and rear spoiler. Compared to the regular Scat Pack, the Widebody will be 0.2-seconds faster in the quarter-mile, according to cars.com, which will hit 112 mph in 12.1 seconds.    

“Being that this is a track-focused car, the real numbers are on the road course,” Jim Wilder, SRT vehicle development manager for the Challenger and Charger said to digitaltrends.com. “Versus a standard Scat Pack, the Widebody drops two seconds per lap on a two-mile road course. On that same course, this car now runs door to door with a narrow-body Hellcat. Considering the Scat Pack’s 232-horsepower deficit to the Hellcat, that’s saying something”.

The Widebody package doesn’t just include fender flares and a set of wider wheels and tires. Models get a specially tuned version of the three-mode adaptive suspension system that uses retuned shock absorbers, larger sway bars at both the front and rear and stiffer front springs. When designing the suspension, engineers wanted to make the Scat Pack Widebody feel more tossable and more comfortable to hammer on at the limit which in turn, requires less effort to keep the car under you when you’re out on the track.

According to Dodge, the Scat Pack Widebody will have a 0.97g of lateral grip, which is impressive since in its standard model was a 0.93g. The Widebody continues to impress in the category of numbers. The 485-hp Widebody is faster in a straight line, shaving 0.1 seconds from the 0-60 mph clock and 0.2 seconds in a quarter-mile, with an elapsed time of 12.1 seconds at 112 mph.   

The Scat Pack bumblebee badges are displayed on the outer fenders in addition to the Challenger script and R/T logos on the grille, as an option. Inside, the Bee logos are embroidered into the seatbacks (again as an option), and there are new dark finishes on the dashboard and center console. Plus, there are modern trim accents on the steering wheel, shifter, and instrument cluster.  

In the 2019 Dodge R/T Widebody, there is also improved Launch Control. The hold time has increased from 5 to 10 seconds for optimal launch and consistent straight-line acceleration. There is also Line Lock, which engages the front brakes to activate.

The Widebody features the same styling as the wild child Hellcat Widebody, but it lacks the 717-horsepower and supercharged Hemi V-8 (compared to the 707-horsepower Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat). It also comes with a basso profundo exhaust soundtrack. That will announce your arrival better than any typical stereo system can.  

But the Widebody isn’t that different from the Hellcat when it comes to experience. When you drive and press your right foot on the accelerator, you get the roar minus the mechanical shriek from the absent supercharger, at least that’s how cars.com describes it. The gust of the acceleration and the sensitive throttle response that is on the Hellcat is just as forceful on the Scat Pack.  

PRICING:

The 2019 Dodge R/T Scan Pack Widebody has an MSRP of $44,995 (plus destination fee).

If you’re interested in test-driving a Dodge Challenger model, make sure to check them out at the Cape Coral Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM dealership.

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