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2020 DODGE CHARGER SRT HELLCAT WIDEBODY FIRST DRIVE: PHOTO GALLERY

The Color Is IndiGo Blue, The Location Is Nicks Cove, California

Dodge Power Dollars Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Redeye Stellantis Muscle Car Indigo Blue
photo copyright Manoli Katakis, Muscle Cars & Trucks.

Since we’re sworn to not disclose driving impressions until later this week, we’ve decided to only share with you a bit of factual specifications on this 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody you see in the photos, which were taken during an official drive program in California, hosted by Dodge.

Under the hood needs no introduction. The supercharged 6.2L Hellcat V8 engine with 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque remains unrivaled by any muscle car since its 2015 debut, save for the limited-run Demon engine in the Challenger. All of that energy is sent to the rear wheels via a ZF-sourced TorqueFlite 8H90 eight-speed automatic transmission, which remains unchanged from the 2019 model year. Those wheels, however, now measure 11-inches wide in all four corners of the 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody, which also replaces the standard body style from before. The wheels – here in the $995 Brass Monkey option – are wrapped in 305/35ZR20 Pirelli P Zero tires.

FCA says that the added rubber contributes to added grip at launch and during cornering. 0-60 takes just 3.6 seconds while the 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody’s quarter-mile elapsed time comes in at 10.96 seconds. The Hellcat Widebody can also hold .96 g on the skid pad, which combined makes this the quickest and best-handling production Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat ever, according to the automaker. To quantify this, the 2020 Dodge Charger Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody runs 2.1 seconds faster than the standard body style around FCA’s 2.1-mile road course at its Chelsea Proving Grounds, or 13 car lengths after one lap.

The front suspension makeup of the 2020 Charger Hellcat Widebody is an independent double wishbone short long arms (SLA) setup. It features a high upper “A” arm, lateral and diagonal lower links, coil springs, monotube shocks, and a 34 mm hollow stabilizer bar. The 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody rear suspension is a five-link independent system with coil springs, a link-type 22 millimeter hollow stabilizer bar, Bilstein ADS shock absorbers, and an isolated suspension cradle.

Other options include carbon and suede accents ($1,595) within the Sepia-colored interior, $595 red brake calipers, a $1,595 Harman Kardon audio system, $995 navigation system, and $1,995 sunroof. All in, this IndiGo Blue 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody with a Sepia interior is $78,910.

Fuel economy is TBA. If you care.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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