Dodge has just made the 2018 Challenger Hellcat even sexier by adding a widebody option to the range.
These are the same wide fenders we first saw on the Demon, which add 3.5 inches to the vehicle’s overall width and provide shelter for the new 20×11-inch ‘Devil’s Rim’ aluminum wheels dressed with 305/35 Pirelli P-Zeros.
Dodge has also added a new electric power steering system with SRT drive modes for the first time in a Hellcat, to help in managing the increased grip.
The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody also features an aluminum hood with center intake and dual heat extractors, exclusive illuminated Air-Catcher headlamps, a front splitter directly from the Demon, a Hellcat-exclusive new grille and fender badges and a set of standard Brembo brakes with two-piece 15.4-inch rotors and six-piston front calipers.
Power continues to come from the supercharged 6.2-litre Hemi V8 with 707hp and 650lb-ft of torque, with customers able to choose between a six-speed Tremec manual or an eight-speed Torqflite automatic transmission.
Dodge reckons that the new Widebody version of the Hellcat is a much faster car around the track when compared to its regular sibling, citing their own tests. On a 1.7-mile track, the Hellcat Widebody managed to lap 2 seconds faster than the regular Hellcat. Dodge also claims a 0.3sec improvement on the quarter mile (10.9sec vs 11.2sec), as well as better g forces on the lateral skid pad (0.97g over 0.93g of the standard model).
0-60mph now comes in 3.4 seconds, versus the 3.5 seconds of the regular Hellcat, while top speed is rated at 195mph.
The new 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody has a starting price of $72,590 MSRP, including a $1,700 gas guzzler tax and a $1,095 destination fee.