The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat’s calling card has usually been its absurd 707 horsepower and rowdy perspective, but it is desperately lacked traction. There is a resolution for that: a lot more tire.

Enter the 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody. Dodge gave the new Charger Widebody wider, 305/35ZR20 Pirelli P Zeros at each and every corner, as nicely as a retuned suspension, enhanced aerodynamics, and new layout information to make a vehicle that defines American extra even a lot more extreme. Is it all ample to make all that Hellcat energy usable? Dodge invited me to drive the 2020 Charger Hellcat Widebody on the track at Sonoma Raceway and on the back roads of Napa, California, to uncover out.

Extended story brief, the Hellcat’s wider tires and retuned suspension aid the overpowered devil place the energy down, stay steady at pace, and grip much better all around corners, but this helaciously effective sedan can nevertheless burn up you.

Wretched extra

As I exit flip six at Sonoma Raceway, roll into the throttle, and allow the Charger Hellcat Widebody edge out to the appropriate side of the track and set up for flip seven, I see the digital speedometer crest 85 mph. I appear up and determine that I can keep on the throttle.

It tops a hundred mph just as the hood passes the very first set of orange cones. I’ve entered the braking zone. I maintain my foot in it.

I want to dance with the Hellcat’s new-located grip.

An additional 2nd passes, but it feels a lot more like a minute. The supercharger whines like a grandmother screaming into a cell cellphone and 112 mph flashes across the cluster as I pass the halfway mark of the braking zone. Brakes, engaged!

The nose dives, but the rear stays steady, which is great simply because the cement outdoors wall is about a foot from the driver’s door. I manhandle the thick SRT leather-wrapped steering wheel to the appropriate as the new electrical-aid energy steering does its greatest to transmit the come to feel of the enormous Pirellis digging in whilst the large American sedan commences to rotate by means of the late-apex flip 7a. I lay a quarter of the way into the throttle, allow the vehicle come all around, then get completely on the fuel. If I really do not hit the apex just appropriate the Hellcat will not be set up to effectively website link with each other flip eight and 8a.

Brake. Wait. Breathe. Flip. Wait. Partial throttle. Rotate. Total throttle. Now it is time to website link eight and 8a, acknowledged as the esses, with each other.

I brake as well late for flip eight, and that indicates I’m carrying as well a lot pace, which can be a frequent difficulty with any Hellcat. Dang.

Now I have to hit the brakes in between eight and 8a, which can make the tail twitch appropriate as the nose goes left. Slight correction and throttle out.

This dance continues for virtually two hrs, but it only took one particular lap to know that even 305s at all 4 corners have limits and 707 horsepower is difficult to harness particularly provided the Charger’s four,586-pound mass.

2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody

2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody

W.I.D.E.

The powertrain formula hasn’t altered for 2020. The Charger Hellcat Widebody’s throbbing heart is nevertheless a six.two-liter V-eight with a two.four-liter supercharger huffing eleven.six psi of increase to aid generate a ridiculous 707 hp and 650 pound-feet of torque. All the energy is sent to the rear wheels through a rapid-shifting eight-pace automated transmission with close to telepathic programming. Whilst we #GiveAShift at Motor Authority, this automated virtually can make us neglect about a 3-pedal setup.

How that energy goes to the ground has altered for 2020, with people 305/30ZR20 Pirelli P Zeros changing the narrow body’s 275/40R20s, which have been also P Zeros.

To consider benefit of the greater speak to patch, SRT engineers retuned the adaptive 3-mode shocks, stiffened the front spring fee 32 %, and swapped in greater 34 mm front and 22 mm rear hollow sway bars. It was all completed in the title of maintaining the big tires in consistent speak to with the pavement.

It worked. The Hellcat’s a lot more steady at pace the two on the street and the racetrack. Whilst the Pirellis really do not tramline or seek out out each street imperfection on Sonoma or the Napa back roads, I suspect they will when I get the new Widebody on broken Midwest pavement and seamed freeways.

2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody

2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody

Be Aggressive, B.E. Aggressive

1 appear at the 2020 Charger Hellcat Widebody and it is obvious what’s altered: It is thick with perspective.

To home the wider tires the Charger Widebody is three.five inches wider than the narrow-physique 2019 model thanks to further fender flares. Style director Mark Trostle advised Motor Authority the widebody’s flares are truly spot welded into the fenders to guarantee a tight, lasting match. That was a lesson discovered from utilizing automotive double-stick tape on Grand Cherokee flares that notoriously came loose.

The front and rear bumpers are also new, and the nose has a greater grille and decrease air intakes to gulp in air to amazing the 707-hp monster underneath the hood. The ducts at the corners of the front fascia feed fresh air to the front brakes, and the rear ducts are practical as nicely. A new rear spoiler adds thirty lbs of downforce, and there is forty lbs significantly less lift up front thanks to revised aerodynamics.

Within, the upper half of the dashboard and the tops of the door panels attribute stitching and a new materials with various graining. It is shinier, and less expensive searching to the level that it evokes recollections of Chrysler dashboard components of the ’90s. On the plus side, matte-finish carbon-fiber trim is now obtainable, as is a synthetic-suede headliner.

2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody

2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody

Even now a Hellcat

The 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody is large, hefty, and at $71,140 it is not inexpensive. In truth, it is $29,650 a lot more than the much better-balanced 2020 Dodge Charger Scat Pack Widebody and a lot more than double the cost of a base 2020 Charger.

Its platform can be traced back decades, but that does not adjust the truth that the Hellcat Widebody can place up crazy, supercar-like numbers. It is a family members sedan that can hit 196 mph, sprint from to 60 mph in three.six seconds, pull a ten.96-2nd quarter mile, and grip to the tune of .96 g on the skid pad. It can also consider your child to soccer practice or the family members out for dinner at Applebee’s.

The Dodge Charger Hellcat required a lot more tire to handle its ridiculous 707 hp. For 2020 it has the wider rubber it required as nicely as an perspective adjustment, but it is nevertheless a handful simply because this is America and often we like to get rowdy.

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