2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody
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2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody at Don Vance Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM

There have been a lot of Challenger models over the years, but none of them, until the 2018 Demon variant, could put wide enough tires on to fully channel the supernatural forces emanating from the 707-hp engine. Back up and take a second look at the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody, because it has the room for wider tires, allowing you to take full control into and out of turns! It's styled after the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, inheriting the fender flares and front splitter, but will have a much more available run than the Demon's limit of 3,300 cars in 2018! Plus, it takes the already proven Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat trim level and makes it even more desirable by adding measurable capability into the traction and steering elements, simultaneously. Let's go a little further into why this version of the Challenger matters relative to the others and is definitely worth your consideration!

Engine Performance

  • Supercharged 6.2-liter V8 with 707-hp at 6K RPM, 650 lb-ft. of torque at 4,800 RPM
  • Top speed is 195 mph
  • Air flow of up to 30,000L per minute from new cooling add-ons

Safety Features

  • Wider tires allow for more traction on turns
  • New electric power steering (EPS) system
  • 1-day session at Bob Bondurant School of High-performance Driving

Vehicle Design

  • Total of 3.5 inches gained in overall width via fender flares
  • Heated, SRT-grade leather-wrapped steering wheel with a flat-bottom
  • 8.4-inch touchscreen display with SRT Performance Pages

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Did Dodge add any drivetrain items to assist the proven 6.2L engine within the 2018 Widebody?

As most of the world already knows, the Dodge Challenger series is one of the most capable of powertrains in the world, with the SRT Hellcat in general already rocking a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 with 707 horsepower at 6K RPM, 650 lb-ft. of torque at 4,800 RPM. It can be fitted with either a Tremec 6-speed manual or TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission. The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody doesn't try to fix what isn't broken and instead adds a cooling feature to the supercharger housing, a low-temperature circuit with double air/coolant heat exchangers. This is important to performance because a cool engine can run longer and more efficiently. Air flow gets to 30K-liters per minute and keeps the ambient engine temp below 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Also of note, exclusive illuminated Air-Catcher headlamps plus an aluminum hood with a center air intake all feed cool air into the engine bay. Equally significant, a new standard electric power steering (EPS) system debuts in the 2018 Widebody, as all other Challengers have a hydraulic system instead. This new system is key to performance at high speeds, but also makes the car more user-friendly at lower speeds as well by making turning easier to accomplish and more fitting steering in general. Drivers will get to pre-set calibrations for transmission shift speeds, horsepower, paddle shifters (on automatic transmission), steering, traction, and suspension. There is also a Custom setting for those who really get into their own preferences!

Why is this wider design important for the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody?

With all of that power available, it's essential to be able to channel it decisively into where you want it to go. The wider fender flares allow wider, grippier tires to be installed onto the vehicles, such as 305/35ZR20 Pirelli P-Zero performance tires around new 20 x 11-inch "Devil's Rim" split-five-spoke aluminum wheels. With this tire width, the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody has achieved highly on a 1.7-mile road course with a lap time nearly 13 car lengths ahead of a standard Challenger SRT Hellcat (after 1 lap)! These wider tires, coupled with the strong drivetrain components and cooler supercharger, makes for a vehicle that is able to drive stronger out of fast turns and to do so more reliably than other vehicles. That is an essential and important element, allowing for both safer turning and for more fun while driving-- a rare mix in the world of racing.

Does the 2018 Widebody match its racing performance with its style?

Yes! Finding its groove between its siblings, the 1-seat Demon and the regular Challenger SRT Hellcat, the 5-seater Widebody has 15 available exterior colors, with some of those being popular choices familiar to Dodge enthusiasts, like Destroyer Grey, Plum Crazy, White Knuckle, and Pitch Black. Inside, Drivers will enjoy an SRT performance leather-wrapped flat-bottom, heated steering wheel, a high-sill center console, a driver-oriented gadget panel with a 200-mph speedometer & new red Hellcat badge, and all topped off with SRT Laguna leather performance seats with SRT Hellcat logo as standard. To better see what's going on while driving, SRT Performance Pages is inside the Widebody, and are found on a huge 8.4" touchscreen display media center with a standard Uconnect 4C NAV system. This media center has a speedy start-up time and bulldozer-strength processing power, plus, it enables multi-touch gesture for connecting into smartphones. The SRT Performance Pages is a real-time data center that carries to the driver information about horsepower, torque, times, and other essentials- and certainly is good to have kept within the new Widebody variant.

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Final Thoughts on the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody

If you have been harboring a wistful glance at the Challenger SRT Hellcat all these years and wanting a little more grip at high speeds, now is the time to jump and check out the Widebody version! Or, if you are new to the exhaust-filled and burnout-striped world of Challengers, the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody is a strong point to start off on. Either way, the 2018 Widebody is going to be a fun and fast choice to make as you get into your new vehicle search-- check in with us on its availability here at Don Vance Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep & RAM!

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