Dodge Bulks Up the New 2018 Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody
For years the factory-production Dodge Challenger Hellcat teetered on the brink of perfection, but an Achilles heel in the form narrow tires and subsequently less grip held it back. However, 2018 will usher in a new era of driveability for the Hellcat as it joins the Challenger SRT Demon as the widest Challengers ever.
By borrowing the wider fender-flare design from the SRT Demon, the Hellcat Widebody added 3.5 inches to its overall width. Its wider wheel well accommodates 20 x 11-inch “Devil’s Rim” split-five-spoke aluminum wheels encased by 305/35ZR20 Pirelli P-Zero performance tires. To further improve handling performance, the standard electric power steering (EPS) system allows drivers to control horsepower, transmission shift speeds (automatic only), steering, paddle shifters, traction, and suspension.
Powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V-8 engine with 707 hp and 650 lb.-ft. torque, the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody can accelerate from 0-60 mph in a quick 3.4 seconds! The HEMI feature keeps the engine cool (under 140 degrees Fahrenheit) by pumping 30,000 liters/minute of air over the engine via dual air/coolant heat exchangers.
Though new and improved, the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Widebody aesthetically hold true to tradition with quad projector headlamps and illuminated air-catchers, a power-bulge aluminum hood, and a responsive front splitter. Inside, the cockpit features standard SRT Laguna leather performance seats with SRT Hellcat logo, a heated, leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel, and new red Hellcat instrument panel badge.