A photo that was recently shared to Instagram by well-known Mopar enthusiast Walter Alvarado (hellcat_562) shows a new, twin-scoop hood fitted to a partially-built Dodge Challenger Widebody. The photo could be evidence of a new hood design heading to the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody – or, Allpar speculates, it could be the hood of a new, non-Hellcat-powered Challenger Widebody on its way for the 2019 model year.
The photo appears to have been removed from Alvarado’s Instagram feed, but a copy can be seen over at Allpar.com.
Currently, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and Hellcat Widebody feature a hood with a single, central air scoop flanked by a pair of heat extractors. The scoop doesn’t actually provide intake air for the car’s supercharged, 6.2L engine, however; it merely provides cooling airflow for its massive blower, while the heat extractors help remove hot air (and prevent excess lift from elevated underhood air pressure). On the other hand, the hood scoop on the Dodge Challenger T/A does provide intake air, Allpar notes, so it’s possible that the reason the hood pictured lacks heat extractors is because the scoops are meant to feed fresh air to the engine – FCA’s 5.7L Hemi, perhaps, or its 6.4L “392” Hemi.
That theory isn’t coming straight out of left field, either; rumors have circulated for months that Dodge is fixing to introduce Widebody versions of its normally-aspirated 5.7L and 6.4L Dodge Challenger models. Unfortunately, Alvarado’s photo was taken before an engine was installed in the car, apparently at FCA’s Brampton Assembly Plant (where the Challenger and Charger are built), leaving us unsure what the photographed pony car was planned to receive for motivation.
If Fiat Chrysler is planning on bringing out one or two new Dodge Challenger Widebody models, you can probably expect them to bow later this year, launching in time for the 2019 model year.