What Is It?
The 2020 Dodge Charger adds the two-door Challenger's Widebody package as an option for the R/T Scat Pack model and standard for the Hellcat. So if you want a Charger Hellcat that'll fit in a compact parking space, better act now before the regular body disappears.
2020 Dodge Charger Widebody First Look
Widebody Joy Comes to Dodge's V8 Sedan
What Is It?
The Widebody adds 3.5 inches of overall width to the big sedan thanks to integrated fender flares. Under those flares, you get the same 20-by-11-inch wheels as on the Challenger Widebody, shod in meaty 305 section-width Pirellis.
Of course you also get beefier suspension and brakes to go along with the extra tire, along with some software tricks such as line lock, launch control and launch assist.
The Charger Hellcat's engine remains the same 707-horsepower absurdity, but thanks to the Hellcat Widebody's upgrades the car's quarter-mile time drops by just over eight-tenths of a second, according to Dodge, from 11.8 seconds to 10.96 seconds. Dodge says the 0-60 mph run is dispatched in just 3.6 seconds and a stop from 60 mph takes 107 feet.
Those numbers put the wide sedan within spitting distance of the 797-hp Challenger Redeye, which claims a quarter-mile time of 10.8 seconds and a 0-60 mph run of 3.4 seconds.
The R/T Scat Pack Widebody gets all the same upgrades, making for a 0-60 time of 4.3 seconds and a 12.4-second quarter-mile.
Why Does It Matter?
Our copy editor won't let us spell "old" with 17 L's and a sighing emoji, but that's about how old the Dodge Charger is, and it's running on a platform that's even older. Dodge has managed to keep the car fresh with visual updates and technology upgrades over the years. But we think the automaker's real trick has been grabbing the public's attention with ever wilder performance to lust after.
When are we getting a new Charger that's actually new and not just a face-lift? Maybe never, but who cares when you can blitz most sports cars and even some of the slower Teslas? Also, fender flares look awesome.
What Does It Compete With?
At the Charger Hellcat's price point, it basically has no competition. The Cadillac CTS-V is the closest high-powered sedan on the performance/cost spectrum, but that car's going the way of the dodo. Beyond that, if you want whiplash-inducing raw acceleration in a vehicle fit for a family of four, you're going to need to shell out significant cash. Like over a hundred grand.
We don't have pricing for the Charger Hellcat Widebody yet, but we expect the package to knock it up by about $6,000, just like on the Challenger. That would put the 2020 Charger Hellcat Widebody at about $73,300. So for the price of an upgrade to, say, an M5, you could also pick up a Miata for weekends.
The 2020 Dodge Charger Hellcat Widebody and Charger R/T Scat Pack Widebody add grip and even more attitude to the most raucous sedan on the market.