The 2020 Dodge Charger challenges the idea that sedans are boring, ho-hum vehicles. This is a sedan that’s also a muscle car. It can take on the morning commute or the carpool line at school just as easily as the track. This year, Dodge adds to the Charger lineup with the addition of a widebody exterior.
That widebody takes what was already a burly and aggressive design and gives it a little extra. There’s nothing timid, reserved, or refined to be found in the Charger Widebody styling. It looks every bit the muscle car with an intimidating presence that suits it perfectly. This is exactly how you want a muscle car to look and its available in three different variations.
2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody
The 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody gets unique front and rear fascias with integrated fender flares that add 3.5 inches of width. It rides on 20-inch by 11-inch wheels with Pirelli P-Zero performance tires and has SRT-tuned Bilstein three-mode adaptive damping.
That impressive styling is backed up with impressive performance. Power comes from a 6.2-liter Hellcat V8 engine with 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque paired to a new 8-speed automatic transmission. Top speed is 196 mph with a 0-60 time of 3.6 seconds. This sedan moves.
When it’s time to slow down, stopping power is provided by 15.4-inch Brembo 2-piece brake rotors with 6-piston front calipers. They offer improved heat management with a longer life and will bring you down from 60-0 mph in a tidy 107 feet. There’s also new electric power steering, which makes the Charger easier to turn at slower speeds, because eventually you will need to leave the track and return to the real world.
Finally, there are new side sills, a new rear spoiler to balance out the front-end design, and a new 2-piece Hellcat fender badge. It has the style and the performance of a muscle car with the practicality of a sedan.
2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody 50th Anniversary Edition
This special edition features the same engine, but with a revised powertrain that offers 717 horsepower, because 707 horsepower clearly isn’t enough for everyone. It’s a tribute to the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona and takes its cues from that vehicle.
It shares the same production limit of 501 units and gets a Daytona decklid and rear-quarter decal along with a matching spoiler. Paint colors are limited to B5 Blue, Pitch Black, Triple Nickel, and White Knuckle with B5 Blue appearing only on the Daytona for the 2020 model year.
2020 Dodge Charger Scat Pack Widebody
Those who want the Widebody styling with a more manageable amount of horsepower and more affordable price will find it in the 2020 Dodge Charger Scat Pack Widebody. Power comes from a 6.4-liter V8 with 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque with an 8-speed automatic that still posts impressive times.
It will go from 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds with a quarter-mile time of 12.4 seconds. It gets the same powerful brakes and three-mode Bilstein adaptive damping offering Auto, Sport, and Track modes.
Regardless of which version of the Charger Widebody you choose, you’re getting a true muscle car experience. These are powerful vehicles that won’t disappoint whether you’re planning on taking them to the track or have no plans beyond making the commute to work a heck of a lot more fun.
On the road, they’re absolute beasts in the best way possible. There’s an endless amount of fun to be had simply by mashing the gas as you get up to highway speeds but take care. You’ll get to those speed quickly and need to ease up or risk blue lights in your rearview mirror.
And don’t forget the Charger is a sedan, so it’s ready to carry the family and all their stuff. It easily sits three adults in the rear seats and has an expansive trunk to hold everything you need for a day’s adventure. It’s a best of both worlds proposition with the practicality of a sedan and the pure unadulterated fun of a muscle car.
While it’s content to stick to highways, the Charger Widebody, especially the Hellcat, begs for some time at the track. This is really the only place where you can let loose and fully experience the power under the hood. Whether you’re a veteran with countless hours logged at your local track or a first-timer, the Charger Widebody is ready.
Despite not being a small, light sports car, the Charger attacks the track with confident handling. The more you drive it, the more intuitive it becomes and the more fun it delivers. The incredible horsepower numbers of the Hellcat beg for caution for new drivers, however. Take it easy and spend some time learning the ropes before you go out there and let loose.
The 2020 Dodge Charger Widebody lineup is your impractical muscle car in practical sedan guise. It has an abundance of style and power that’s perfect for the track. It also has room for the family with a comfortable and spacious interior. Which of its two personalities you choose to take advantage of is up to you.
Pricing for the Widebody lineup starts at $45,995 for the Scat Pack. The Hellcat, with its big jump in power, is priced from $69,645 while the Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition tops the lineup at $74,140. Dealers are taking orders this fall with deliveries in early 2020.