Car wars continue to heat up as Dodge fires the last salvo with his 2020 Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody, calling it the “most powerful and fastest mass-produced sedan in the world.”
It is also the close twin of the Widebody version of the Dodge Challenger Hellcat coupe that made its debut two years ago, both models share the same supercharged 707-horsepower V-8 engine. The performance brand of Fiat Chrysler, Dodge, says its latest car can reach 60 in just 3.6 seconds and reach 196 mph.
Despite the increasingly stringent mileage mandates, automakers continue to increase their performance game. Last week, Ford said its new Shelby GT500 Coupe, based on Mustang, will generate 760 horsepower when it hits the market later this year. General Motors will unveil the first central engine version of its Chevrolet Corvette next month. Manufacturers as diverse as Hyundai and Aston Martin are launching increasingly bolder models, some are becoming electrified power trains to boost performance.
The 6.2-liter V-8 of the 2020 Wide Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat uses a massive supercharger to deliver 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. The engine is coupled to an eight-speed automatic that, according to the manufacturer, can improve both performance and fuel economy.
Widebody sedan wheels shine 3.5 inches longer than the original Hellcat. That provides room for significantly wider Pirelli 305 / 35ZR20 20-by-11-inch tires, and makes it easier for the Loader to hold on to the pavement under heavy acceleration. The rotating tires can look and sound good, but they lose time when you’re looking for a fast pitch.
The Charger Widebody charger will also have stiffer springs, larger anti-roll bars and redesigned buffers to allow it to be driven on a track or on winding roads. And the Brembo brakes will help you to quickly brake the speed without vanishing in the repeated maneuvers of strong braking.
Fast, faster, faster
The sedan also uses four technologies, including launch control and line lock, to help even less experienced drivers achieve rapid takeoffs.
In recent years, Dodge has been implementing a succession of faster, faster and faster variants based on the long-lasting Charger and Challenger sedan models, even when it has virtually eliminated all other identification plates. The Charger and the Challenger are among only three passenger car models that the US side of Fiat Chrysler now manufactures.
The addition of the Widebody could help increase the demand for the more practical four-door loader that has traditionally been overtaken by the Dodge Challenger. In total, Fiat Chrysler sold 66,716 coupes, in all configurations, last year. But that was left behind the leader of the car segment, the Ford Mustang. Its 10 different versions accumulated 75,842 US sales in 2018.
Ford hopes to bring down the Challenger Hellcat line when it officially ships the first Shelby GT500 to dealerships for the 2020 model year. It will be the most powerful street legal Mustang ever implemented at a Ford plant with 767 horsepower.
GM has yet to reveal details about the new Corvette 2020, the first central engine model known to fans as the “C8”. But the frontline version of the 2019 ‘Vette, the ZR1, generates 755 horsepower and can surpass 212 mph.
More and more manufacturers are pushing into the performance market. Hyundai recently launched a sports sub-brand nicknamed “N”, hoping to win over muscle car fans on a budget.
Tesla sets the pace
The extent to which industry can boost performance is an ongoing debate. However, with the increasingly stringent global emission and mileage mandates, several manufacturers are turning to electrified transmission lines.
Tesla helped to demonstrate the potential of battery power; his Model S with optional ridiculous mode was launched from 0 to 60 in less than 2.5 seconds. Ferrari, meanwhile, last month unveiled the new SF90 Stradale, a hybrid plug-in that will match the launch performance of that Model S, with a maximum of 212 mph and still offer a range of 15 miles in all-electric mode .
Dodge has not yet published the prices for the Hellger Widebody sedan Charger SRT 2020, but the coupe version starts at $ 72,590.
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