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The Charger Widebody has an arty presence. Move over for this bad boy.
If you’re attractive for supercharged V8 application but abandoned accept turbocharged I4 dollars, Dodge has you covered. With its Hellcat-powered cars, the aggregation offers ability numbers that, in any added timeline, would amount tens of bags of dollars more. Right now, you can buy a 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger for aloof over $60,000. Good golly.
However, with abundant ability comes bound handling. The Dodge Charger and Challenger aren’t absolutely accepted for their corner-carving capabilities, but Dodge is attempting to adjust that with new Widebody packages. The Challenger got this amend for the 2019 archetypal year, and for 2020, it’s now accessible on the Charger.
On the Charger SRT Hellcat, the Widebody amalgamation adds 3.5 inches of amplitude to the car. The added clue agency the Charger can board compact 305/35-section Pirelli P-Zero tires, captivated about 20-inch wheels. New deep-dish “Warp Speed” appearance auto are available, as are the archetypal “Brass Monkey” ones that I love.
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The Charger isn’t aloof wider, though. Stiffer advanced springs, upgraded amplitude confined and retuned abeyance geometry accomplish the Charger a bit bigger assertive for cornering than before, while a revised cyberbanking ability council bureaucracy gives drivers altered weight settings, alleged Street, Sport and Track. Speaking of track, a few achievement aliment backpack over from 2019, including a chase cooldown approach that keeps the air abounding through the agent alike back it’s angry off, Line Lock for big burnouts and barrage ascendancy to accomplish the best of the Hellcat’s 3.6-second 0-to-60-mph time.
The 6.2-liter, supercharged V8 in the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat puts out 707 application and 650 pound-feet of torque, directed to the rear auto only. That’s a lot to handle, abnormally at my stomping area for the day: Sonoma Raceway, with its abounding off-camber turns, dark crests and quick-entry corners.
I put the Charger in Clue approach in adjustment to get the best burke response, heaviest council and stiffest abeyance tuning. I opt to leave the paddle shifters alone, instead absolution the eight-speed automated manual do its own thing, downshifting beneath braking and captivation apparatus absolutely as I would.
The Charger apprehension through a 55-mph slalom with ease, alteration administration bound with abandoned baby council inputs. In the continued sweepers, I accept to be patient, cat-and-mouse to absolutely disentangle the council caster afore activity adamantine on the throttle. Back I do, the Charger leaps forward, blame able-bodied into triple-digit speeds afore I barge on the brakes. The 15.4-inch advanced Brembos accept a nice bite, but are accessible to modulate, trailbraking into the acme of the corner. The rear end wiggles a little as it lightens up in bend entry, but with the absorption ascendancy in its accepted Street setting, aggregate is air-conditioned and beneath control.
The takeaway actuality is that the Charger is still a big brute, and not a aciculate sports car. But with the added anchor from the fat P-Zero tires, and hardly stiffer suspension, it doesn’t feel absolutely so unruly.
Of course, if 707 application feels like too abundant (it affectionate of is), Dodge additionally offers the Widebody analysis on the Charger Scat Pack. It gets the aforementioned wheel/tire bureaucracy as the Hellcat, forth with the stiffer advanced springs and abeyance tuning. Abandoned the rear amplitude bar is upgraded on the Scat Pack, however, and its artlessly aspirated, 6.4-liter V8 puts out a still-plentiful-but-much-more-manageable 485 application and 475 pound-feet.
The Scat Pack is my jam. I feel like I can absolutely accomplishment all the power, accepting my bottom to the attic on anniversary lap. Sure, my acceleration isn’t as aerial on the straightaways, but I’m still activity affluence fast. The Scat Pack is 0.7 abnormal slower to 60 mph than the 707-hp Hellcat, and about 1.5 abnormal slower in the quarter-mile run, but there’s added to activity than aloof straight-line speed. Whereas in the Hellcat I alone feel like I’m forth for the adventure ride, the Scat Pack absolutely makes me feel like I’m in control.
The Dodge Charger Scat Pack looks like the Hellcat but with beneath ability beneath the awning it’s a bit added frisky.
The Widebody analysis doesn’t absolutely accompany any changes to added genitalia of the Charger, abominably — the autogenous is abundantly the same. There are a few new badges, and new autogenous colors. But by and large, the Charger boasts the aforementioned adequate autogenous it’s consistently had. It’s appealing anachronous at this point, but the admiring seats, able-bodied council caster and the ample dials and buttons feel adapted in a big, bad beef auto like this.
Both the Scat Pack and Hellcat get Dodge’s Uconnect infotainment arrangement active on an 8.4-inch touchscreen. Navigation is optional, but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standard, so drivers don’t absolutely charge to absorb the money on the anchored tech. Driver-assistance appearance are a little attenuate on big beef cars, but there are few tech nuggets actuality and there. The Scat Pack has alternative adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, advanced blow admonishing and lane-departure admonishing and assist. The Hellcat has blind-spot ecology accepted but the added appearance aren’t offered at all.
Regardless of your poison, there is no arguing the amount of this able sedan. The 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat with the accepted Widebody amalgamation starts at $69,645, excluding $1,495 for delivery. The Scat Pack is actively bargain at $39,995, with the Widebody amalgamation abacus $6,000 on top of that. For those who appetite a bit of nostalgia, the Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition is accessible on the Hellcat with 717 application in a bound run of aloof 501 units. Expect to see the 2020 Dodge Charger, in all its trims, at dealerships aboriginal abutting year.