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Dodge Charger Hellcat Widebody Is Slower Than Before – Still The Fastest Sedan Out There

Two Things Happened For The Hellcat Widebody To Keep The Crown

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When the 2020 Dodge Charger Hellcat Widebody debuted at the end of last month, we noticed that the vehicle was being touted as the fastest production vehicle in the world with four doors. However, Mopar fans at large may have noticed that the improved Charger Hellcat has a slower top speed than before. Go figure that all of that added friction to improve handling has amounted to a slight compromise: a lower top speed of 196 miles per hour, down from 204 miles per hour.

The non-widebody Dodge Charger Hellcat had a lower rolling resistance than the new model, and the brand claimed a 204 miles per hour top speed when testing it. One would need an awfully long airstrip to see that speed, so losing eight miles per hour at the top is an easy trade off for the ability to feel improved cornering at any velocity.

Here’s the thing, though. Despite the drop, the thickened-up Dodge Charger Hellcat is still the fastest production vehicle with four doors.

Two things happened here. The first is that Dodge is effectively discontinuing non-widebody Charger Hellcat models going forward, and replacing it with this new stanced-out version with steamroller tires for enhanced lateral grip and handling capabilities.

The second reason is that, along with the discontinuation of the non-widebody Charger Hellcat, the Cadillac CTS-V has also reached the end of its product life cycle. The 640 horsepower Cadillac had a top speed of 200 miles per hour, and was only eclipsed by the Charger Hellcat’s V-max. At one point, the third-generation CTS-V was the fastest vehicle offered by General Motors, until the launch of the 755 horsepower C7 Corvette ZR1.

The legendary CTS-V is expected to be replaced by the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing as early as next year, while production of the C7 Corvette is winding down in August to make room for the next-generation model debuting in 10 days.

The 2020 Dodge Charger Hellcat Widebody sports Pirelli tires measuring 305/35ZR20 on all four corners, surrounding 20-inch by 11-inch wheels. Dodge says it can hold .96 g on the skidpad, while the added contact patch and Brembo six-piston front calipers with two-piece front brake rotors halt the four-door supercar from 60-0 in just 107 feet.

The Charger Hellcat Widebody launches this fall, with pricing to be announced at a later date.

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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