It was recently reported that Dodge is bringing a wide body version of its venerable Challenger Hellcat to market next year dubbed the Challenger Hellcat ADR. We were a tad skeptical upon hearing the rumors, but a pre-production test mule for the car has just been spied by Car & Driver, so we can now put our doubts to rest.
The test car photographed by C&D didn’t feature a widened Challenger body, but was given away as an ADR mule by its wider wheels and tires and wider front and rear track. The tires look a bit awkward jetting out from the body, but we’re willing to wager the production version will be far from awkward.
Apart from the wider wheels and tires and wider track, there doesn’t appear to be anything different about this mule over a standard Hellcat. The Challenger ADR is expected to produce the same 707 horsepower from Dodge’s 6.2-liter Hellcat HEMI V8, but should benefit from the added grip provided by its larger footprint.
More information on the Challenger Hellcat ADR will become available upon its release. We’re not entirely sure when to expect this wild bit of Mopar muscle, but it would be appropriate for it to launch at the world’s unofficial fender flare convention, the SEMA show. If we don’t see it there, we’d be surprised not to see it rear its head in Detroit in January.