Differences Between Challenger SRT Hellcat and Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody
Up until the 2018 model year, the Challenger SRT Hellcat and Charger SRT Hellcat were the most powerful muscle cars on the market. But Dodge outdid themselves for the 2018 model year and added an even faster and more powerful muscle car to the lineup, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.
The Challenger SRT Demon produces up to 840 horsepower and it has a lot of crazy features that make it the fastest production vehicle ever, and considering the intensity of the vehicle, it is not for everyone. But Dodge knew that a lot of people would really love the fierce widebody look of the vehicle, so Dodge gave consumers the option to have a little taste of the Challenger SRT Demon by creating the new Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody.
The new Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody makes it hard for a lot of consumers to decide on which 707-horsepower Challenger SRT Hellcat model to get, so to make things a little easier, we’re going to highlight some of the similarities and differences.
There’s no difference between the engine in the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and the Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody. Both vehicles are equipped with a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI SRT Hellcat V8 engine that produces 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. That engine makes the Challenger SRT Hellcat models some of the fastest in the world.
First and foremost, the Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody model has fender flares that are 3.5 inches wider than the Challenger SRT Hellcat. The extra width in the fender flares provides room for wheels and tires that are 11 inches, which are 1.5 inches wider than the tires on the Challenger SRT Hellcat, and wider tires means the vehicle has more grip, and more grip results in a faster take off. How much faster? Read below.
Though the extra width does improve the vehicle’s track times, it does make the vehicle a little less practical when it comes to driving it in public as well as parking in parking lots, so that’s definitely something potential buyers should take into account.
The wider tires improve the vehicle’s acceleration time enough that it can be measured, and though some people might not be impressed by the difference, when it comes to racing the difference could be enough between winning and losing. The Challenger SRT Hellcat accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, and that time is decreased by one-tenth of a second (3.4 seconds) in the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody. There’s an even bigger difference in the quarter-mile time. The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody completes a quarter-mile in 10.9 seconds, which is three-tenths of a second faster than the quarter-mile time in the Challenger SRT Hellcat (11.2 seconds).
In addition to the wider fender flares, the Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody has some other features that the non-widebody model doesn’t have. The features include Electronic Power Steering (EPS) system, which improves handling and acceleration.
The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat has a starting MSRP of $65,495 (plus destination fee) and the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody has a starting MSRP of $71,495 (plus destination fee).
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