DODGE UNVEILS NEW WIDEBODY HELLCAT!
If you’re hoping to get your hands on a Dodge Demon, the numbers are not in your favor. Even if you have the $90,000 it takes to buy one and even if you got to the dealership and ordered on of the 3,300 limited edition drag-tuned factory hotrods, you still are not guaranteed one come delivery time. However, if fortune doesn’t favor you in the Demon lottery, there will be a next-best option that’s only a small step down from the quickest production car to ever roll out of Detroit.
Today, Dodge revealed the 2018 Challenger Hellcat Widebody, a mix of the best parts of the previous Hellcat melded with the body of the Demon.
Check out the sneak peek in the video below and let us know what you think!
The Widebody Hellcat doesn’t get the Demon’s model-specific hood.
The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody borrows its fender flares from the Challenger SRT Demon, which adds an extra 3.5 inches of width.
The wider fenders make room for new 20 x 11-inch “Devil’s Rim” split-five spoke aluminum wheels and wide 305/35ZR20 Pirelli P-Zero tires with a new tread pattern. The Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody also gets new electric power steering system with SRT Drive Modes that adds selectable steering tuning for the first time on a Hellcat model.
The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody is powered by the 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V-8 with 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. torque and can be mated to either a six-speed manual or TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission.
The added grip of the model improves the Challenger SRT Hellcat’s performance with improved lap times, lateral grip, acceleration and braking. The road course lap time on a 1.7-mile track is lowered by approximately 2 seconds per lap and the quarter mile time has been improved by approximately 0.3 seconds (10.9 ET in Widebody vs. 11.2 ET in standard Hellcat). The lateral skid pad grip increased by .04 g (.97 g in Widebody vs. .93 g in standard Hellcat) and the 0-60 mph time has dropped by 0.1 second (3.4 in Widebody vs. 3.5 in standard Hellcat). The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody has a top speed of 195 mph.
Pricing for the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody starts at $72,590, which includes the gas guzzler tax and destination fees.
The Widebody Hellcat will be available to order in July and should arrive on dealership showrooms a few short months later, so if you missed the change to get on the “Hopefuls” list for Demons, which many eager buyers certainly did, then this will be as close as you will come until the likely few that were bought to sell hit eBay and the like.
Here, you can check out some photos:
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