The 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody starts at $69,995 in the United States and $85,545 in Canada before freight and delivery charges.
Brutal performance, docile manners under normal driving, aggressive design.
Horrendous fuel economy, rear-seat room could be better, subpar interior fit and finish for the price.
Usually, people who don’t care about the environment are easy to spot. Or, could we be completely mistaken about someone simply based on our perception? How should we consider the owner of a 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody?
By checking out the car’s spec sheet, or by simply hearing its engine start up? It’s clear that its owner isn’t too concerned about the ozone layer. On the other hand, if this Charger will only be driven a few thousand clicks every year, on the weekends or going out for a night on the town, can we conclude that the environmental impact will be negligible?
One thing is certain: the 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody can be driven daily, if we feel like it, despite its demonic powertrain.
Under its vented hood lurks a supercharged, 6.2L V8 engine, connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a rear-wheel drivetrain. With 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque on tap, the Hellcat is a veritable brute, capable of 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) blasts in 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 196 mph (314 km/h), according to the manufacturer.
The exterior design is all about fury and aggression, as its flared fenders add 3.5 inches (8.8 centimetres) of width to the sedan, but also a more muscular stance and the necessary clearance to hug the massive 305/35ZR20 Pirelli R Zero tires.
City/highway/combined fuel economy ratings are set at 12/21/15 mpg in the U.S. and 18.6/11.2/15.3 L/100 km Canada, and obviously, super unleaded is required.
The 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody mixes retro and modern touches inside, the latter being concentrated mainly on the Uconnect 4C infotainment system. While a little dated, it still works like a charm with a big 8.4-inch screen that’s very reactive to finger poking, big button zones that are easy to tap while driving and plenty of features. There are also SRT performance pages with menus in which we can configure the car’s powertrain and handling, as well as activate the launch control system.
Pricing starts at $69,995 in the U.S. and $85,545 in Canada, freight and delivery charges notwithstanding. That’s a lot of dough for a vehicle wearing a Dodge badge, but there really isn’t anything else that’s comparable on the market. Well, aside from coupes like the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, which don’t have the advantage of a back seat like in the Charger.
Why Should You Buy a 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody
- Because life is short, and this type of car is about to become extinct. If we worked hard all our lives to buy a desirable vehicle like the Charger Hellcat, than why not?
- Despite all the performance and the fury, the Hellcat can purr like a kitten during relaxed driving.
- Like all SRT products, the 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody includes fat front seats that provide comfort and support for people of all shapes and sizes. They’re covered in what FCA calls Laguna leather, with optional Alcantara accenting as found in our test car.
- As mentioned above, the Uconnect 4C infotainment system is among the best in the business for its user-friendliness.
Why You Shouldn’t Buy A 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody
- It might be a fine car for the daily drive, but fuel economy is just awful. Not to mention the perception of not caring about the environment. We averaged 14 mpg or 16.9 L/100 km during our test.
- For such a big car, rear-seat space could be better, especially regarding legroom and headroom.
- Not only will this car cost an arm and a leg in fuel, but that performance rubber will wear out pretty quickly. In short, maintenance costs will be high.
- The interior fit and finish may be acceptable in the more affordable variants of the Charger, in isn’t in the Hellcat, given its high price.
The 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody is something unique on the market, as there are no muscle car sedans to compete directly with it. We could cross-shop with the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and the Shelby GT500 Ford Mustang, although these coupes obviously don’t have the Charger’s practicality.
However, this car doesn’t come cheap, and unless we’re looking to brag about driving a 707-hp car, there are several other variants that are just as tantalizing. Such as the Charger Scat Pack 392, which packs a naturally aspirated 6.4L V8 with 485 horsepower, great performance and a much lower price tag of $40,495 in the U.S., $52,995 in Canada. In any case, a V8-powered Charger is a rather selfish choice given its cost and environmental impact, but those who really want one shouldn’t wait around too much, because it won’t be around forever.