A lot has happened since Dodge shocked the world with its 707-horsepower Challenger SRT Hellcat. The most impressive of happenings was the release of the even wilder 840-horsepower Challenger SRT Demon. For 2018, Dodge has decided to go back to the Hellcat and give it a little love with some body reconfiguring and a new name.
Dubbed the SRT Hellcat Widebody, it’s pretty obvious what makes this coupe so special. This new edition boasts the Demon’s wheel flares, which add an extra 3.5 inches to the SRT Hellcat’s width. With this added space, Dodge slapped a set of 20-by-11-inch “Devil’s Rim” five-spoke wheels shod in 305/35ZR20 Pirelli P-Zero performance rubber.
The extra 30 mm of rubber (275 vs. 305) may seem insignificant on paper, but on the track, it’s huge. On a 1.7-mile test track, the new SRT Hellcat Wide body bests the narrow-body model by a full two seconds, putting 13 car lengths between it and the standard model in just a single lap. And that’s with zero engine mods — it’s the same 707-horsepower 6.2-liter supercharged V-8.
The Widebody also bests the narrow-body Hellcat in straight-line tests, thanks to its enhanced grip. In the quarter mile, the SRT Hellcat Widebody shaves 0.3 seconds off its time, putting it at 10.9 seconds. The sprint to 60 mph is 0.1 seconds quicker, putting it at 3.4 seconds. Top speed remains the same at 195 mph.
Also new is standard electric power steering and the new SRT Drive Modes. The latter adjusts the new steering system for enhanced handling where needed. SRT Drive Modes’ three selectable settings, Streeet, Sport and Track, also adjust the horsepower, shift speeds, paddle shifters, traction, and suspension firmness.
The 2018 Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody will hit showrooms in July with a starting price of $71,495, excluding the $1,095 destination charge. This makes the Widebody a $7,300 premium over the standard 2017 Challenger SRT Hellcat’s pricing.