The 2020 Dodge Charger Widebody is arriving!
The Dodge Charger has been at the forefront of muscle car design since the 1960s, and is America’s only four-door muscle car. From the body down to the wheels, the exterior of this classic vehicle continues to impress into the modern day. From the heart-racing engine and excellent eight-speed automatic transmission to the high-caliber brakes, the Dodge Charger has outdone the others for decades and continues to impress with exceptional performance. The fat-tired widebody treatment gives Dodge’s muscle sedan the presence and performance it’s long needed.
As with the regular Charger Hellcat, the widebody version quickly settles into low, burbling idle once you thumb the start button. It’s basso profundo expressed as an exhaust note. Blip the long-travel throttle pedal, and it roars with the voice of an artillery battery, accented by the whining snarl of the supercharger. The eight-speed transmission is pleasantly well-behaved given the monstrous torque it’s managing. But the brain-sloshing thrust of the Hellcat isn’t news. The big deal here is the sheer tenacity of the massive tires and the upgraded equipment needed to accommodate them. The Charger widebody uses stiffer anti-roll bars than regular models do, which results in level body control even at the limit of adhesion, when the world feels as if it’s going topsy turvy. The adaptive Bilstein dampers impressively isolate out most road hiccups to help produce a tolerable ride over most road surfaces. The widebody’s revised electrically assisted steering, however, remains muted in its ommunication and sometimes feels unnecessarily heavy.
The widebody Charger lineup starts with the Scat Pack model powered by a 391-cubic-inch, 6.4-liter Hemi under its hood. Rated at 485 horsepower, it is tractable and relatively easygoing in the way that only large displacement, naturally aspirated V-8s can be. The Charger’s widebody package is a $6,000 option atop the regular Scat Pack’s $41,490 base price, which still represents a significant value compared to similarly powered German hot-rod sedans. From there it’s a step up to the Charger SRT Hellcat widebody with the now-familiar, 707-hp supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V-8. All 2020-model-year Charger SRT Hellcats will be widebodies, with prices starting at $71,140. That is a pretty solid deal for that many horses!
The 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody will hit the Showroom floor in March. Like us on Facebook for more updates!