2020 Dodge Charger Hellcat Widebody Revealed: A Four-Door Steamroller

The Charger Has Been A Full-Size Sedan Sales Leader Since 2014

The normal Dodge Charger Hellcat is no more. Instead, Dodge is giving us an upgrade. Because for the 2020 model year, the Dodge Charger Hellcat is now exclusively in widebody form. In doing so, the world now has a quicker, better handling, more aggressive Charger Hellcat than before. it’s also 3.5 inches wider, totaling 78.5 inches across – nearly as wide as a Ford F-150 pickup truck. The 2020 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Widebody launches in early 2020. Dealer orders will begin in the fall of 2019. Pricing will be announced later this year.

Here’s the skinny on the 2020 Charger Hellcat Widebody: massive Pirelli tires measuring 305/35ZR20 on all four corners, wrapping 20-inch by 11-inch wheels. The added grip also helps the vehicle hold .96 g on the skidpad. Providing stopping power are Brembo six-piston front calipers with two-piece front brake rotors that bring the Charger Hellcat Widebody to a halt from 60-0 in just 107 feet. Meanwhile, a 32 percent stiffer spring rate, larger sway bars, and Bilstein three-mode adaptive dampers help improve handling on both the road course and the drag strip. In fact, Dodge says that the Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody runs 2.1 seconds faster than the vehicle it replaces on a 2.1-mile road course, or 13 car lengths after one lap.

At the drag strip, 0-60 mph acceleration of the 2020 Dodge Charger Hellcat Widebody improves to 3.6 seconds, with the quarter-mile elapsed time improving to 10.96 seconds. Yes, a four-door family sedan is now a 10-second car.

Also new for the 2020 model year, the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Widebody features a quartet of racing software to stretch out those track days. There’s Race Cooldown, which keeps cooling the supercharger/charge air cooler after the engine is shut off by running the intercooler pump and radiator fan. There’s Line Lock engages the front brakes to hold the Charger Hellcat Widebody stationary, but leaves the rear wheels free for a burnout to heat up and clean the rear tires. Launch Control manages tire slip while launching the vehicle to allow the driver to achieve consistent straight-line acceleration, and is activated via a switch on the dashboard. Finally, Launch Assist uses wheel speed sensors to watch for driveline-damaging wheel hop at launch and modifies the engine torque to regain full grip. Much of this technology was developed for the legendary Dodge Demon, of which there are no plans for it to come back.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Detroit Region SCCA Member and founder of MC&T. Automotive Media Jedi Knight. Not yet the rank of Master.


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