There are few movies that have helped to elevate the public appeal of car culture quite like The Fast & Furious series. Jam packed with absurd automobile related action and an endearing focus on the importance of friends and family, Fast & Furious films have elevated cars like the 1970 Dodge Charger R/T driven by Vin Diesel’s character Dominic Toretto, and the infamous Mk. IV Supra wheeled by the late Paul Walker’s character Brian O’Conner to legendary status. We even refer to an entire era of aftermarket modifications and tuning by the same name as the movie series that inspired it. Filming for the ninth installment in the franchise is currently underway, and we’ve been treated to a sneak peek of one of the hero cars: a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody.
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The images come courtesy of an Instagram post made by Vin Diesel himself. In true Fast & Furious style, this Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody is far from stock. While we don’t know about any changes under the hood, can spot quite a few visual tweaks to the muscle car. Modifications include a non-widebody Hellcat front fascia found on the 2019 model year Charger, a Demon-inspired hood and a set of its five-spoke wheels, as well as a modified version of the widebody kit. Even if this Hellcat is stock under the hood, the supercharged 6.2L V8 engine’s 707 horsepower and 650 pound feet of torque is more than enough go to back up the added show. But being that it’s a movie car, the truth is that this Dodge Charger is probably glued together and is powered by a lawn mower engine or something similar.
At this time there are not a lot of details floating around about Fast & Furious 9, but there are leaked photos of a 2020 Toyota Supra filming on set in Tbilisi, Georgia. The born-again (German) Japanese sports car that was launched into the stratosphere of car-fandom thanks to this franchise is set to appear in the same Day-Glo shade of orange as the Mk. IV Supra in the first film. It only makes sense then that we would get to see a sinister looking Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody rolling along side the Supra, for posterity’s sake. The Fast & Furious 9 will be released on May 22, 2020.