The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat as we know, is the Demon's less powerful sibling, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But have you ever imagined how it would look if you combine both the Hellcat and the Demon? Well, you don't have to imagine it anymore as the company has put some Demon into the Hellcat.
Yes, you're right. The Hellcat has been given tweaks all over to make it look like the offspring of both. It starts with the Demon's wider body kit that adds 3.5 inches (8.9 centimeters) to the Challenger's already broad flares. This new body kit allows them to add a set of 20-inch split spoke wheels wrapped in 305/35 Pirelli P-Zero tires under the fenders, and paired with Brembo brakes with 15.4-inch two-piece rotors and six-piston front calipers.
If you're interested to get the Hellcat widebody package, there’s no need to panic as this one is not as limited as the Demon. You can get your hands on one by the third quarter of this year with a starting price of $72,590, which already includes the $1,700 tax and $1,095 destination fee.
The wider version of the Hellcat doesn't only look better, it also performs much better. For instance, its quarter mile elapsed time has lowered from 11.2 seconds to 10.9 seconds only – that’s quicker by 0.3 second. Furthermore, the 0-60 miles per hour sprint lowered by 0.1 second compared to the standard Hellcat - from 3.5 seconds to only 3.4 seconds.
Wider tires also give the Hellcat an improved grip on the skid pad from 0.93g to 0.97g. These numbers certainly help at Dodge’s 1.7 mile (2.74 kilometers) course. The Widebody Hellcat with the added flares are 2 seconds quicker than the original version around the lap.
SRT Drive Modes are now available with the face-lifted Hellcat, for electric power steering. Some of the modes include Street, Sport, Track, and Custom settings. As for the performance, the Hellcat remains to have that 707 horsepower (527 kilowatts) 6.2-liter V8 engine with 650 pound-feet (881 Newton-metres) of torque. This engine can either be paired with a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic.
Inside the Hellcat’s cabin is a new red instrument panel badge, combined with heated leather steering wheels, and Laguna leather sports seats. The 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system is also faster than it used to be.
To ensure the safety of Hellcat buyers, customers will have to take part in a full-day session at Bob Bondurant School of High-performance Driving in Arizona.