Dodge Charger Hellcat Widebody Will Make A Nice Entry In The Muscle Car Class

Back in May, it was revealed that a Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody model was in the works – and, earlier today, Dodge dropped the first teaser.

Mopar Insiders claims to have received word from unnamed sources that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will unveil the new variant an upcoming press event at the Chelsea Proving Grounds in Michigan.

Every year, FCA invites members of the press to test the its latest lineup of production vehicles and it was at the June event last year where the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody was presented. It would only make sense for the Charger version of this model to be revealed at this year’s event.

Also Read: Dodge Is Working On A 797 HP Charger Hellcat Redeye

The new muscle car will be based on the Charger Widebody that is expected to be offered in a number of different configurations. The Hellcat Redeye model will obviously sit at the top of the Charger range and come outfitted with the same 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine as the Challenger Redeye, complete with 797 hp and 707 lb-ft (957 Nm) of torque.

As for the other Charger Widebody models, they are expected to include an entry-level model with a 6.4-liter V8 delivering 485 hp and 475 lb-ft (643 Nm) of torque, as well as one with the ‘standard’ 707 hp 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat V8.

  • Bo Hanan

    Is the wide body about handling or looks? I ask because I have yet to see one of these at the Nurburgring or performing in anyway that wasn’t a straight line.

    • Matt

      A wider track is always going to improve handling and stability. You don’t see many at the Nurburgring because you can’t actually buy one in Europe.

    • eb110americana

      I doubt these will be setting records at any tracks which challenge the likes of modern AMG, M, RS, or -V, as the platform has old roots and is heavy even without AWD. It is much more of a cruiser GT. That said, the widebody should give it a more planted stance in corners, allow for wider rubber to put down all that power even in a straight line, and help it put it down earlier on corner exit. In more simple terms, even without aiming for track times, when you have 700-800 HP, the extra rubber is warranted for more balanced performance.

    • Ben

      There is nothing wrong with performing in a straight line. I don’t know if we American’s got sensitive about Europeans mocking us or we’re ashamed of our automotive heritage. Can Americans produce vehicles that do well at the track? Certainly. However, we have a flavor and tradition for straight line performance, its our niche. There is nothing wrong with an automaker that was contributed to the muscle car era producing a vehicle with the same heritage and ethos of going fast in a straight line and being comfortable to cruise around town in.

      I appreciate Dodge for staying true to their heritage and not trying to chase other’s. When Ford made the halo mustang, it wanted to chase 911s around a German track. When Chevy made the halo Camaro, it wanted to chase BMW around a track. When Dodge made their halo car, they took the Challenger back to where it all began. That’s special. They innovated and truly listened to what the Challenger enthusiast wanted.

      I have no problem with Dodge sending a 4,600lbs family sedan down the 1320 at a high rate of speed. I do have an issue with them trying to chase 911, BMW and other German sports cars around a tight circuit. They’ve proven the Viper ACR is more than capable than terrorizing those sports cars on their own turf.

    • Jason Miller

      There’s someone that goes to the Nurburgring all the time that has a Charger Hellcat. Just go to YouTube and search for “Dodge Charger Nurburgring” and his videos are the first to pop up.

  • Marc Gruben

    I know this can’t happen, but wouldn’t it be fun to enter one, totally “stock” other than for roll cage, at a genuine NASCAR race? It wouldn’t have to win, but if it actually finished the race… talk about “win on Sunday, sell on Monday”!

    • Ben

      I don’t watch NASCAR, but collected the Hot Wheels editions as a kid. That would be pretty awesome. Somewhat of a nod back to the Daytona. Dodge is the right kind of company to do those special heritage returns. Like Ford when they entered the new GT back into LeMans.

  • Rocket

    I suppose another Hellcat is always a good thing. Too bad Dodge is still missing a key market … the 5.7 Hemi with AWD.

    • Yobobjm

      What’s a bummer is that that combo already existed pre 2014 but I guess the demand wasn’t there at the time.

    • Ben

      Was the AWD torque vectoring? Because if not, I think a good set of winter tires would be equally helpful during the winter. I don’t remember hearing the AWD V8 had an better launch times, but if it did, yeah, sad that it went the way of the Dodo bird.

      • vanquishvantage

        its less about the snow and winter and more about AWD giving the charger better and more consistent traction

  • TheToadPrince..~~ToadSquad

    please make it awd…wqtch it smoke all

  • brn

    I much prefer the look of the Charger to the Challenger, so I welcome this!

  • Hot Twink

    Oh boy! I can’t wait for three more “special” versions with additional naming.

    I can see it now…

    Introducing the new (old as Methuselah) Dodge Charger Hellcat Widebody Blackeye Bluecheese Smallscrotum.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Meh.

  • 2PacOfCarscoop

    1995 Mercedes E-class… nice…

    • James Denz

      What E-Class back then had between 485 and 797 HP? The heavily modified platform works well. No need for an expensive complete chassis change as long as these cars are selling well and very profitable.

      • 2PacOfCarscoop

        797 hp in a 1995 body… sure….

        • vanquishvantage

          i got it yes all these special editions and versions are way to much but at least get the data right lol, the LX platform has “components” from the W211 E class which saw its first model year in 2003 not 2005. The body for the Charger has been around since 2011, so 1995 body? not even sure what that means and you do realize that its the platform or underpinnings that were carried over not the body. If the body was carried over it would have looked the same the body is just what sits on or around the platform depending on the car ………..Secondly Chrysler corp has updated the suspension components in the time the LX platform has been created especially for these high performance models. Hope that helps you better understand how cars work….

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