While Ford’s Mustang and Chevy’s Camaro have already switched generations and most of all platforms, Dodge is keeping the rather old Challenger fresh with new versions.
After going berserk on us with the Demon, it’s time the tides settle down a bit – but not by much, because the latest upgrade has to do with the arrival of the 2018 Dodge Challenger Hellcat SRT with a widebody. This is of course how the limited-run Demon is trickling down to “lesser” versions and the company makes sure anyone looking for some of the gusto can have at least part of the experience. The new drag-racing-inspired muscle car’s widebody kit has been adapted for the Hellcat SRT – larger flares add 3.5 inches (8.9 centimeters) to the Challenger’s width and allow for the fitment of a set of 20-inch split-spoke wheels. These come shod in 305/35 Pirelli P-Zero tires.
The new quicker, better handling muscle car will have a starting price of $72,590 (after $1,700 for the gas guzzler tax and $1,095 destination) and is reaching dealerships in time for the 2018 model year switch, in the third quarter of the year. Dodge says the larger tires come as a major performance improvement – the quarter-mile elapsed time is now 10.9 seconds – 0.3 seconds quicker than the standard model’s 11.2-second. The sprint to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) also comes off at 3.4 seconds, versus 3.5 seconds – and now drivers can put 0.97g. other enhancements include electric power steering with SRT Drive Modes – Street, Sport, Track, and Custom.