2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat gets widebody kit for an overall performance boost

Article by Christian A., on June 28, 2017

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.

Press Release

New Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody Completes Dodge’s Most Powerful Muscle Car Lineup Ever for 2018

When the new 840-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon raced down the drag strip to open the New York Auto Show in April, Dodge unleashed the ultimate street-to-strip car. Today, the
brand is following up on its performance car mantra, introducing the new 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
Widebody, answering enthusiasts who have been clamoring for a factory-production Hellcat with even more grip.

“The new Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody completes our strongest Dodge muscle car lineup in history,”
said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT—FCA North America. “Our brand,
engineering and design teams poured a ton of effort into making the new SRT Demon the world’s fastest quartermile production car, so now we’re leveraging that know-how, and some of those vital elements and transferring them to the new Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody for improved performance on the street and a bolder, more aggressive new look.”

With a starting U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $71,495 (including gas guzzler tax, excluding destination $1,095), the new Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody model features the same fender flares first shown on the SRT Demon. These wider fender flares add 3.5 inches to the SRT Hellcat’s overall width, covering the new 20 x 11-inch “Devil’s Rim” split-five spoke aluminum wheels, which ride on new, wider 305/35ZR20 Pirelli P-Zero tires with a new tread pattern. A new electric power steering (EPS) system with SRT Drive Modes adds new selectable steering tuning for the first time on a Hellcat model.

In addition to its wider, more menacing stance, this new Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody delivers improved lap
times, lateral grip, acceleration and braking, compared with the already ferocious performance numbers of the
Hellcat:

Road course lap time on a 1.7-mile track lowered by approximately 2 seconds per lap, approximately 13
car lengths after one lap
¼ mile elapsed time (ET) improved by approximately .3 sec (10.9 ET in Widebody vs. 11.2 ET in
standard Hellcat)
Lateral skid pad grip increased by .04 g (.97 g in Widebody vs. .93 g in standard Hellcat)
0-60 mph acceleration improved by .1 second (3.4 in Widebody vs. 3.5 in standard Hellcat)
Top speed of 195 mph

New EPS – a First for Hellcat

The 2018 Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody features a new standard electric power steering (EPS) system – a first
for Hellcat. The system uses SRT Drive Modes with selectable settings for Street (Auto), Sport and Track.
Not only does the EPS system improve handling performance, owners will also notice better steering feel and ease of turning efforts at parking lot speeds.

With EPS and SRT Drive Modes, drivers can tailor their experience by controlling horsepower, transmission shift
speeds, steering, paddle shifters (automatic transmission only), traction and suspension. There is also a Custom
setting lets the driver use individual preferences.

Functional and Intimidating Exterior Design

With the new Widebody fender flares that add 3.5 inches to the overall width of the Challenger Hellcat, the Widebody model joins the Challenger SRT Demon as the widest Challengers ever.

The new flares are expertly integrated into the body design with concealed attachments to amplify the Challenger
SRT Hellcat’s menacing stance, while making room for the new 20 x 11-inch “Devil’s Rim” split-five spoke
aluminum wheels that ride on 305/35ZR20 Pirelli tires for improved performance while filling the wheel wells for a
stronger planted appearance. The front side marker lights are styled to flow with the shape of the fender flares.
The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody carries numerous exterior styling cues Dodge//SRT owners
expect, such as:

Power-bulge aluminum hood with center intake and dual heat extractors
Exclusive illuminated Air-Catcher headlamps that feed air directly into the air box and engine bay through
the center of the parking lamps
Quad projector headlamps give a unique detailed appearance, while the aggressive brow “chops” the
upper portion of the lamp design exudes a sinister look
Front splitter (shared with Demon) and rear spoiler (from Hellcat) deliver responsive and balanced
handling at high speed
Hellcat-exclusive new grille and fender badges, along with raised SRT Hellcat badge on the rear spoiler
Standard Brembo brake system includes two-piece 15.4-inch rotors and six-piston front calipers provide
outstanding heat management/thermal capacity and longevity

Proven Supercharged Hellcat Performance

The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody is powered by the 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V-8 with 707
horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. torque and can be paired to either the Tremec six-speed manual or TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission.

The proven Hellcat HEMI engine features additional cooling measures including a low-temperature circuit with two
air/coolant heat exchangers integrated into the supercharger housing. This setup is designed to keep air
temperatures below 140 degrees Fahrenheit, under extreme ambient conditions, while enabling air flow of up to 30,
000 liters per minute.

So effective is this feature that engine power will not be de-rated due to cooling demands after 20 minutes of hard
driving on a road course at an ambient temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Before the new SRT Demon V-8 engine was introduced, the supercharged Hellcat HEMI V-8 was the most powerful
passenger-car engine ever produced by FCA US, which made the Challenger SRT Hellcat and Charger SRT Hellcat models the most powerful and fastest coupe and sedan ever. The new engine was also named to Ward’s 10 Best Engines list for 2015.

Race-inspired, High-performance Interior

The cockpit of the Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody remains true to its performance-oriented design and execution
with world-class materials; high-sill center console and driver-focused instrument panel with 200-mph speedometer;
SRT performance leather-wrapped flat-bottom, heated steering wheel; standard SRT Laguna leather performance
seats with SRT Hellcat logo, and new red Hellcat instrument panel badge.

SRT Performance Pages are accessible through the latest 8.4-inch touchscreen display media center with standard
Uconnect 4C NAV system featuring performance improvements with faster startup time and enhanced processing
power offering multi-touch gestures, vivid imagery, sharper graphics and the ability to support smartphone
integrations.

The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody will be available 15 exterior colors: B5 Blue (late availability),
Billet Silver, Destroyer Grey, F8 Green (late availability), Go Mango, Granite Crystal, IndiGo Blue (late availability),
Maximum Steel, Octane Red, Pitch Black, Plum Crazy (late availability), Redline Tri-Coat, TorRed, White Knuckle and Yellow Jacket.

Production of the 2018 Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody begins later this summer with deliveries to Dodge//SRT
dealers in the third quarter.

Official Driving School of Dodge//SRT

All customers who buy the new 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody receive one full-day
session at Bob Bondurant School of High-performance Driving. The Bob Bondurant School
of High Performance Driving in Chandler, Arizona, is the Official High Performance Driving
School of Dodge//SRT. All customers who buy a new model SRT will receive one full-day session
of high-performance driving with professional instruction and time on the track as part of the
Dodge SRT Package. For more information, visit www.driveSRT.com.

About Dodge and SRT Brands

The Dodge brand is America’s mainstream performance brand. With the purification of the brand and consolidation
with SRT, Dodge is focusing on its performance roots with every single model it offers. The Dodge and SRT brands
offer a complete lineup of performance vehicles that stand out within their own segments. Dodge is the mainstream
performance brand and SRT is positioned as the ultimate performance halo of the Dodge brand, together creating a
complete and balanced performance brand with one vision and one voice.

From muscle cars to minivans, crossovers and full-size SUVs, the Dodge brand’s full lineup of 2017 models deliver
best-in-class horsepower, class-exclusive technology, unmatched capability and a slew of cool features, such as LED headlamps, Dodge signature racetrack tail lamps, active exhaust, cold-air induction, 8.4-inch touchscreen Uconnect infotainment centers and 7-inch customizable gauge clusters, to name a few. For the 2017 model year, the Dodge brand lineup features the 25th anniversary Viper, Durango, Grand Caravan, Journey, Charger and Challenger, including the new Challenger GT, Charger Daytona and Challenger T/A, as well as the 707-horsepower Challenger SRT Hellcat and the Charger SRT Hellcat, the quickest, fastest and most powerful sedan in the world.
New for 2018, Dodge introduces the new 840-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon — the fastest quarter-mile production car in the world and most powerful muscle car ever, as well as the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT –
America’s fastest, most powerful and most capable three-row SUV.

Source: Dodge

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