Like a bat out of heck: Auto123 reviews the 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody.
We’re best of us absolutely accustomed with the Dodge Charger, at atomic from seeing it on our roads; it’s absolutely accepted enough, and the archetypal has been about for abounding years now. You can get one for starting at $30,895, which is adorable in its own right; for that you get the SXT trim with a V6 agent bearing 300 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque. Six rungs added up the trim ladder, however, you acquisition the RT Hellcat Widebody variant, attainable at $77,045. This agitated adaptation develops a gasp-inducing 707 hp and an ample 650 lb-ft of torque. Oh boy.
You apprehend that right; a agent with over 700 hp, priced at “only” $77,000. To all those attractive for a achievement car and for whom those cartage accustomed the BMW, Audi or Mercedes name (specifically, those with the M, RS or AMG badging) are artlessly out of reach, well, that’s area FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) comes in with its Hellcat versions.
Want a car that rips up the pavement and makes you feel ashamed in the face of a band of agreeable horses, aloof chomping at the bit to be let apart in the wilderness? The Hellcat agent will accord you abundant amount for your money, not to acknowledgment that it won’t go unnoticed. You’ll accept account from those acquaintances you accommodated on your journeys.
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2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody, front
But abundant of the fantasizing – let’s get to the basics and the bolts. This agent has been confined the Charger aback 2015. The Widebody adaptation accommodates added tires (305/35ZR20) and appearance new advanced and rear bumpers that accomplish it attending appealing aggressively beast-like. Connoisseurs – in actuality anyone with activity eyes – will apprehension appropriate abroad that this is no accustomed sedan…
Inside, the adventure is far added nuanced. Except for a few SRT logos or badges, the Charger, alike in this iteration, is appreciably outdated. Although the seats accommodate a adequately adequate ride, they’re a far cry from those of the German sports cars. The architect acutely had to cut about to accumulate the amount of acceptance so low…
Worse still, some options that are now accepted in best commuter vehicles, for archetype automated wipers and adaptive cruise control, are missing with this car.
2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody, interior
To which you apparently acknowledgment that all of that doesn’t matter, because association get this car aboriginal and foremost for its engine. And you’re right. Frankly, the Dodge abiding includes a cardinal of actual acceptable engines. The Charger SXT starts things off at $30,895, and comes with a 300-hp V6. At $36,895, it’s attainable to get your easily on a 370-hp V8 with the R/T model. For an added $8,600, the Scat Pack 392 alternative with 485 hp is available. We accept to accept there aren’t abounding cars on the bazaar that action that abounding horses for “only” $45,495. None, in actuality – except for this Charger.
But aback to the acclaimed Hellcat engine.
Raise the awning of an SRT Hellcat Widebody version, and you acquisition a supercharged 6.2L V8 that produces 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque at aloof 4,800 RPM. Starting that agent generates a chiefly affable aside sound, archetypal of American beef cars. It’s absurd to carbon alienation to this complete that makes active about-face aback you alpha it up. To activate things up alike more, an accomplished 8-speed ZF gearbox goes actual able-bodied with this engine.
The money you’re advantageous for this car? It’s all activity into the powertrain. It’s that simple.
2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody, engine
On the roadAnother advantage of accepting a achievement car that doesn’t clean out the academy funds of your aboriginal two baby is that you can again account for the annoy backup that you ability charge anniversary summer. We acknowledgment that because in fact, at every advancing dispatch the aback end of the Hellcat tries to beat you. If you advance the appropriate pedal with alike a little too abundant purpose, the rear tires will amble ahead, and not afore abrogation a bit of themselves on the alley and creating a chic billow of white smoke!
Burnouts and doughnuts are accepted in the cant aback discussing the Charger. With anniversary baby acceleration, this car invites you to sin by excess. Aloof apperceive that the rear tires that able our analysis model, the Pirelli P Zero, amount abutting to $700 each. Times that by four, application your calculators if you must. Fortunately, huge Brembo brakes are on duke to stop the car as aback as it takes off!
The keysThis ultra-powerful car, is not to be placed in the easily of aloof anyone with a driver’s licence. And so Dodge fabricated the academician (and savvy, marketing-wise) accommodation to advertise it to you with a set of two keys: a red and a atramentous one.
The red key allows the disciplinarian to booty advantage of the 707 hp of the Hellcat agent – no restrictions, aloof power. All settings and modes are accessible. If you accept a jailbait at home, adumbrate this key.
And accord them the atramentous key if you must. Ability is again “limited” to 500 hp and some modes become unavailable. As for those 500 horses, accept me, the parking aide or your boyhood will acquisition a way to tap them, alike with bisected of the attainable active modes at their disposal.
2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody, profile
ConclusionWe could address a accomplished book about this car. But afterwards a anniversary of testing and about 800 km driven, one big cessation stands out: the Charger SRT Hellcat is a authentic achievement car, a wilder animal than a BMW M5 or a Mercedes-AMG E 63. Beyond that, it’s amazingly fun to drive, but requires a lot of accomplishment to be acclimated to its abounding abeyant on the track; the agent charcoal blatant alike at canoeing acceleration on the highway; and its suspension, on damaged roads, will agitate you like a attic timberline in a hurricane.
As for the ammunition burning you’re apparently not alike allurement about, apperceive this: be accommodating to feel some pain. In the burghal and active after attention for extenuative on gas (because of course), we recorded an boilerplate of about 23.0L/100 km. File beneath astronomical. On the highway, at boilerplate speeds of 120 km/h (ed. note: 100 km/h), we registered a more-acceptable-but-still-hefty 12.0L/100 km.
If you’re attractive for a unique, high-performance, all-purpose, almost affordable car, attending no added than Dodge. With the Charger and the Challenger Hellcat, you will absolutely acquisition happiness.