While many of the changes for the 2018 Dodge Challenger lineup are top secret, we do know a few things. First, the almighty Demon is going on sale. Also, we now that Dodge will be putting that same wide body on a regular Challenger Hellcat and offering it for sale.
In one of the most-obvious moves in automotive history, Dodge is widening the Hellcat Challenger to match the width of the Demon. The Hellcat Widebody is 3.5 inches wider than a standard Challenger Hellcat.
Along with the additional width you get much-appreciated wider wheels and tires. The Challenger Widebody has new 20 x 11-inch “Devil’s Rim” split-five spoke aluminum wheels riding on 305/35ZR20 Pirelli P-Zero performance tires. That should increase both the quarter-mile time and the time around a race track.
Dodge agrees. On an unnamed road course the Challenger Widebody is 2 seconds a lap faster that’s 1.7 miles long. Dodge also claims that in the quarter-mile the Widebody is 0.3 seconds faster, making it a 10.9 second car on stock tires.
The top speed is 195 miles-per-hour, which is down a couple from the standard Hellcat, but still plenty fast.
What we’re unsure of is a new electronic power steering (EPS) system. The steering will be adjustable with the various drive modes, and we’ll be curious to see how good the calibration is.
Order banks open up in July for a third-quarter delivery. Starting price of the Hellcat Widebody is $71,495, which includes the gas guzzler tax but excludes delivery.