First Drive: 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody
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More Photos: http://www.thehemi.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=10695When Dodge began to develop the flared fenders for the Demon, there was a plan in place all along that the widened bodywork would find its way to other models in the Challenger lineup. After all, with just 3300 Demons planned for production in total, a lot of folks who might want one of those drag strip juggernauts just aren't going to be able to get them, and the Widebody Challenger now serves as a great alternative for salesmen to point would-be customers toward, as it offers the a similar visual aesthetic, sound, and plenty of jaw-dropping performance in a model that isn't constrained by production limits.
But rather than focusing on drag strip supremacy, the Widebody continues the Hellcat tradition as a wildly charismatic grand tourer that's equipped with plenty of track capability, yet remains civil enough in every day use that your grandmother could take it out to buy groceries.
One element that has endeared the Hellcat in the hearts and minds of enthusiasts since Dodge unleashed these beasts upon the public in 2014 is how utterly effortless it is to roast a set of rear tires upon command. That's product of both its rowdy, supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8, which boasts 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque -- the latter of which comes on strong at very low revs -- as well as the fact that the 275mm-wide tires installed from the factory just weren't putting enough rubber to the ground to effectively contain that level of power.
I don't know about you, but between those fender flares and Devil's Rim wheels, this is sweetness!
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