A little dab will do ya, as they say. In this case, it’s the 2018 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Widebody, which receives a small dose of Demon to spice things up. If you couldn’t tell, we’re talking about the fact the car is now 3.5 inches wider.
Dodge revealed the 2018 Challenger Hellcat Widebody today, which it says answers fans’ calls for a production Hellcat with extra grip straight from the factory. Let’s not beat around the bush, either: it looks badass. It also lends the whole “cruise ship,” and “land yacht” Challenger jokes more fire power. But, we digress.
As mentioned, the 2018 Challenger Hellcat Widebody is 3.5 inches wider than a regular Hellcat, and that translates to bigger, grippier tires. New 20 x 11-inch “Devil’s Rim” split-five-spoke aluminum wheels are wrapped in wider 305/35ZR20 Pirelli P-Zero tires. There’s also a new electric power steering system with selectable SRT drive modes, a first for the Hellcat.
How does all of this translate to performance? Quite well.
On a 1.7-mile long track, the Challenger Hellcat Widebody is now 2 seconds quicker; quarter-mile times improve by 0.3 seconds and are estimated at 10.9 seconds; lateral skid pad grip rises to .97 g from .93 g and 0-60 mph comes 0.1 seconds quicker in 3.4 seconds. That’s right, the Hellcat is a 10-second car from the factory.
Power still comes from the same 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V8 engine and figures still sit at a healthy 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual or eight-speed auto are still offered as well.
As for the exterior, eagle-eyed Mopar fans will notice there’s a power-bulge aluminum hood with dual heat extractors now present, and the front splitter is shared with the 2018 Dodge Challenger Demon.
Order books for the 2018 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Widebody open in July and there’s already a price tag—you know, so you can start saving. The wider, angrier Hellcat Widebody will start at $72,590 and arrives at dealerships in the third quarter of this year.