With the Dodge Challenger Demon as the most brutal of the Challenger , the powerful Hellcat had been “somewhat decaffeinated” or at least that Dodge thinks , so it offers for the Hellcat 2018 a body widening kit to do. Basically, these are the same wheel arches of the Demon, which add almost 9 centimeters to the total width of the model.
Even so, not everything is aesthetic, as these widened wheel arches serve to accommodate 20 inch ‘Devil’s Rim’ aluminum wheels and Pirelli P Zero tires in dimensions 305/35. In addition, due to the additional grip of these gums, Dodge has incorporated a new electric power steering and SRT driving modes – for the first time in the Hellcat.
The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat also features an aluminum hood with central air intake and two air exhaust fans, ‘Air-Catcher’ headlights with integrated air intakes, a front splitter inherited from the Demon itself, an exclusive grille for the Hellcat or a Brembo braking system with 391 millimeter discs and six-piston calipers on the front axle.
Under the hood the spectacular 6.2-liter HEMI V8 with compressor is maintained, characterized by a very special note with the characteristic hum of the compressor. The power of 717 hp is maintained, as is the maximum torque of 881 Nm. A standard six-speed Tremec gearbox or an eight-speed Torqlite automatic transmission is standard.
According to Dodge, the 2018 Hellcat with spreading kit ($ 72,590 or 64,000 euros at exchange rate) is quite faster on the circuit than the normal Hellcat. In fact, in the test circuit of the American manufacturer, of 2.7 kilometers, the Widebody gets a time 2 seconds faster than the conventional one.
It also improves by a tenth of a second in the 0-96 km / h, three tenths in the acceleration in the quarter mile (0-400 meters) and considerably increases the lateral G force that is able to generate: 0.97G against 0.93G. In addition, it reaches a maximum speed of 314 km / h.