Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has just taken the wraps off of the all-new and upcoming 2020 Dodge Charger Widebody with the SRT Hellcat and Scat Pack variants. Among the two variants, the 707 horsepower Charger Widebody SRT Hellcat is the most powerful and fastest, as the American carmaker claims it to be “most powerful and fastest mass-produced sedan in the world”. Meanwhile, the Charger Widebody Scat Pack’s eight-cylinder engine offers up to 485 horsepower and is being touted as the “quickest and best-handling production Charger Scat Pack” to ever see the light of day.

The all-new Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody derives its power from a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8 which not only puts out over 700hp, but also delivers an incredible 881Nm of maximum torque. Transmission duties are handled by a TorqueFlite 8-speed torque converter gearbox that directs the engine’s grunt exclusively to the rear wheels. According to the automaker, the Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody is capable of covering the quarter mile in 10.96 seconds, 0 to 100 km/h in just over 3.6 seconds, while top speed is 315 km/h.

To aid performance, the 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody features race-bred technologies such as Launch Assist, Launch Control, Race Cooldown, and Line Lock.

"People say, 'no one wants cars anymore.' I would tell you that the 40,000 people who bought a Dodge Charger so far this year would probably agree, because to them, the Charger isn’t just a car. The Charger’s reach extends beyond body-style practicalities and it can’t be defined by average industry shifts. Can you buy a vehicle that is dollar for dollar more practical than a Charger Widebody? Absolutely, but there are also more than 1,000 flavours of ice cream and vanilla is only one of them. If the 'average' person will own six cars in their lifetime, our cars need to connect so strongly that people can't help, but turn around and take a second look before walking away."

To aid performance, the 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody features race-bred technologies such as Launch Assist, Launch Control, Race Cooldown, and Line Lock. Line Lock works by clamping onto the front brakes, whilst spinning the rear wheels to perform a burnout. Race Cooldown utilises the radiator fan and intercooler pump to keep the supercharger cool post engine shutdown. Meanwhile, Launch Control works in tandem with Launch Assist to not only limit tyre slip while launching, but also takes into account the input from wheel speed sensors to modify engine torque to ensure maximum acceleration and grip.

During the reveal event in Michigan, USA, Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America, commented, “People say, ‘no one wants cars anymore.’ I would tell you that the 40,000 people who bought a Dodge Charger so far this year would probably agree, because to them, the Charger isn’t just a car. The Charger’s reach extends beyond body-style practicalities and it can’t be defined by average industry shifts. Can you buy a vehicle that is dollar for dollar more practical than a Charger Widebody? Absolutely, but there are also more than 1,000 flavours of ice cream and vanilla is only one of them. If the ‘average’ person will own six cars in their lifetime, our cars need to connect so strongly that people can’t help, but turn around and take a second look before walking away.”

Dodge engineers have fitted the new Charger Widebody models with uprated hardware such as competition suspension with 32 percent stiffer and increased front spring rates.

On the exterior of the new Charger Widebody, Dodge has made some styling changes to differentiate the new variants from their regular stablemates. The modifications start with a refreshed front and rear fascias, ‘mail-slot’ grille for improved cooling, sportier side sills, a Hellcat-special rear spoiler, distinctly pronounced fender flares, 20-inch wheels equipped with sticky Pirelli tyres and Brembo six-piston front callipers with two-piece front brake rotors, Bilstein three-mode adaptive dampers, and an overall 3.5-inch wider body, courtesy of the larger wheels and wider fenders. Given the extent of their assertive exterior and other styling updates, the 2020 Dodge Charger Widebody variants have no issues standing out.

Dodge engineers have fitted the new Charger Widebody models with uprated hardware such as competition suspension with 32 percent stiffer and increased front spring rates, beefier sway bars, revised shocks with custom valving, forged Carbon Black wheels, and a recalibrated electric power steering (EPS) to name but a few. The interior of the new 2020 Dodge Charger Widebody has been put through its paces, too. There are now stitched accents along the dashboard and door panels, along with optional real carbon fibre accents and suede finish on the ceiling, door pillars and sun visors. Then there are the sport seats with Laguna leather upholstery, SRT flat-bottom steering wheel wrapped in Alcantara, a 7-inch driver information digital cluster, and an 8.4-inch Uconnect 4C infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The all-new 2020 Dodge Charger Widebody SRT Hellcat and Scat Pack variants will be officially launched later this year, and will go on sale in international markets by early 2020.