The 2020 Dodge Charger is rumored to be getting a pair of widebody versions later this year.
Muscle cars are more than just a big V8 engine and a lot of noise. They’re also about presence. Muscle cars get their names from big wheel fenders, long bodies, and their ability to occupy the road. They’re about glorious excess in automotive engineering without care for things like efficiency and emissions controls. They’re all about emotions and feelings where bigger truly is better.
The Challenger, Dodge’s other muscle car, already has a widebody kit available for their HEMI V8-equipped models, and now it’s the Charger’s turn.
According to a new report from Mopar Insiders (courtesy of Motor1), two versions of the Dodge Charger are set to get wider. Both the Charger SRT Hellcat and Charger R/T 392 Scat Pack will get widebody versions sometime later this year as 2020 models.
Those expecting an engine upgrade to the Hellcat Redeye’s 797 hp will be a little disappointed. Both cars will retain their current engines, which means a 6.2-L supercharged V8 with 707 hp on the Hellcat and a 6.4-L HEMI V8 with 485 hp on the Scat Pack.
However, that’s where the boring part ends. Both cars will have "drastically different looking front and rear fascias,” according to anonymous sources, with a completely new dual-snorkel grille replacing the current 2019 version in both vehicles.
Of course, the biggest change will be the widebody fender flares that will give the Charger even more presence on the road than it already has. The current hood will remain unchanged, but the suspension will be retuned to handle the added weight of the larger body.
New 20x11-inch aluminum 5-spoke wheels will get wrapped in 305/35ZR20 Pirelli tires just like the Challenger widebodies, but unlike the Challengers, the snorkel placement will be lower down on the grille and nestled into the corners.
There’s no official word from Fiat Chrysler on this one, so we have no idea when we might see these widebody Chargers debut. Mopar Insiders expects it to happen at the Woodward Dream Cruise later this August, but take that with a grain of salt.