2020 Charger Hellcat Widebody and naturally aspirated Scat Pack Widebody are going into production.Like the Challenger Widebody, the Charger version is defined by its, well, wide body, which is now standard on all Hellcats and an option on Scat Packs. The fender flares add a total of 3.5 inches of width. Dodge also tweaked the front and rear bumpers and added wider side skirts to help the flares blend into the body. The Hellcat gets a unique rear spoiler, whereas the Scat Pack sticks with the same one its scrawnier twin uses.
And just like the wider Challenger, the Charger Widebody gets new front and rear fascias with larger integrated fender flares, increasing the sedan’s overall length by 3.5 inches.
The wider fenders allow Dodge to fit wider 20-inch by 11-inch wheels wrapped in Pirelli 305/35ZR20 tires. Brembo six-piston front calipers with two-piece front brake rotors are tasked with bringing the car to a stop, and unique Bilstein three-mode adaptive dampers provide a smooth yet dynamic ride.
As it did before, the Hellcat derives power from a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 making 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, which it sends to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic. 0-60 mph takes only 3.6 seconds and a quarter-mile goes by in 10.96 seconds before the kitty from hell hits its 197 mph top speed and snags the title of being the fastest mass-production sedan along the way. Thanks to the wider tires and suspension mods, the car pulls 0.96 G on the skidpad. Dodge says the Widebody will run a 2.1-mile test course in 1.3 fewer seconds than it takes a base Hellcat to pull off the same feat. Those with large pocketbooks and an appetite for dangerous speed will be sad to learn that the 797 horsepower Redeye engine available in the Challenger Hellcat isn’t offered on the Charger.
Those with saner heads can option the Widebody package for the less expensive Charger Scat Pack model, which is powered by a 6.4-liter (392-cubic-inch) HEMI V8 producing 485 hp. Taking 4.3 seconds, acceleration from 0-60 mph isn’t as brisk (a quarter-mile takes 12.4 seconds), but it is still no slouch. In the handling department, the Scat Pack actually pulls a more impressive 0.98 G on the skidpad.
All these handling upgrades mean the Charger is an even more impressive track machine. Dodge says the Hellcat now pulls 0.96g on a skid pad, and the Scat Pack Widebody does a little better at 0.98g. The Hellcat has also improved its lap time of Chrysler’s 2.1-mile test course by 2.1 seconds, and the Scat Pack improved by 1.3 seconds. Both cars are also still fast in a straight line, with Dodge saying the Hellcat will hit 60 mph in 3.6 seconds on the way to a 10.96 quarter-mile time. Which, Dodge proclaims, makes it the world’s most powerful and fastest mass-produced sedan.