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SRT adds a dash of Demon to Challenger Hellcat Widebody

SRT adds a dash of Demon to Ch...
The Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody has the same 707 hp as the standard Hellcat
The Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody has the same 707 hp as the standard Hellcat
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The Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody is quicker in a straight line than the Hellcat 
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The Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody is quicker in a straight line than the Hellcat 
The Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody rides on wider new aluminum wheels
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The Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody rides on wider new aluminum wheels
The Demon has informed the design of the Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody
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The Demon has informed the design of the Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody
The Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody has the same 707 hp as the standard Hellcat
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The Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody has the same 707 hp as the standard Hellcat
The Widebody is 0.1 seconds quicker to 60 mph than the standard Hellcat
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The Widebody is 0.1 seconds quicker to 60 mph than the standard Hellcat
Dodge has turned the Hellcat into a wider, grippier beast 
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Dodge has turned the Hellcat into a wider, grippier beast 
There's no doubt the Widebody looks mean 
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There's no doubt the Widebody looks mean 
Dodge has used the Demon as inspiration for the Widebody Hellcat
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Dodge has used the Demon as inspiration for the Widebody Hellcat
The Hellcat Widebody has the same engine as the Hellcat 
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The Hellcat Widebody has the same engine as the Hellcat 
The broad hips of the Dodge SRT Challenger Hellcat Widebody
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The broad hips of the Dodge SRT Challenger Hellcat Widebody
The spoiler on the Widebody is unchanged from the standard Hellcat
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The spoiler on the Widebody is unchanged from the standard Hellcat
The Widebody Hellcat is significantly faster around a road course than the regular Hellcat 
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The Widebody Hellcat is significantly faster around a road course than the regular Hellcat 
The Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody
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The Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody
New wheels on the Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody
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New wheels on the Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody
The Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody has the same mean Hellcat badge as the standard car 
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The Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody has the same mean Hellcat badge as the standard car 
The SRT package for the Durango
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The SRT package for the Durango
The SRT package for the Durango
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The SRT package for the Durango
The SRT package for the Durango
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The SRT package for the Durango
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Dodge set the internet alight with the Challenger SRT Demon earlier this year, but it's been busy working on other projects as well. It doesn't get the full gamut of drag-ready features from the Demon, but the new Hellcat Widebody borrows from its unhinged big brother to deliver more grip and a meaner, more imposing stance.

From the outside, the Hellcat Widebody instantly looks more aggressive than the regular car, thanks largely to a new fender flare kit and fresh 20 x 11 inch wheels. They're wrapped in wider 305 section Pirelli P-Zero tires, designed to make it easier to deploy the engine's 707 hp (527 kW) off the line. Don't worry though, it'll still rip massive burnouts on demand.

These changes, coupled with a new set of Brembo brakes, bring some handy performance increases to the Hellcat. Dodge says the new car is around two second per lap faster than the old car on a 1.7-mile (2.7-km) road course, and 0.3 seconds faster over the quarter mile. It also hits 60 mph (98 km/h) 0.1 seconds faster than the regular car, and offers 0.04g more grip on a skidpan.

The Widebody is 0.1 seconds quicker to 60 mph than the standard Hellcat
The Widebody is 0.1 seconds quicker to 60 mph than the standard Hellcat

Although the Widebody makes the same 707 hp as the standard Hellcat, the supercharged V8 has been treated to a few choice upgrades designed for track work. A new supercharger cooling system helps keep the engine cool under extreme duress, to the point where Dodge says owners will be able to run flat out for more than 20 minutes in 100° F (38° C) heat without any loss of power or heat soak.

Revised electric power steering should also help on the track. The new setup can be tweaked through Street, Sport and Track modes, and is tuned to be lighter at parking speeds before delivering better feel as the speed rises. Although these cars are mostly about insane straight line performance, improving the way it handles the corners can only be a good thing.

Launched alongside the Widebody Hellcat was a new SRT package for the Durango SUV. Owners who can't stretch to the V8 SRT Durango can now get the SRT bodykit and vented bonnet on their cars, even if they're just an entry-level V6.

Pricing for the Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody will start at US$71,495. It will arrive in dealers during Q3 this year, but order books open in July.

Check out the video below for a look at the SRT Challenger Hellcat Widebody in action.

Source: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

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