2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody can carve its own path through traffic

Newfound body language suggests everyone should move out of its way

It's downright funny how a wider body - a simplistic design adjustment - can make almost every car look better, meaner and leaner, for that matter. So here comes what could arguably be described as the most good-looking Challenger on the market: the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody.

We've seen those flared fenders before, courtesy of the all-out drag machine going by the name of Dodge Challenger Demon.

 

In the SRT Hellcat Widebody, they add 3.5 inches of metal on both sides of the muscle car, just enough to host the 20 x 11-inch five-spoked aluminum wheels clothed in 305/35ZR20 Pirelli P-Zero performance tires - Dodge's response to the many aficionados' demands asking for a better-gripping set of rubber.

Also new is the standard electric power steering - a first in the Hellcat family - with three modes: Street (Auto), Sport and Track.

Not so new but just as menacing is the 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V8 and its familiar performance figures: 707 hp, 650 lb-ft and the option of harnessing these through either a six-speed Tremec manual or an eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic gearbox.

But if you're anything like us, you'll be wanting to see the full photo gallery by now, which we completely understand. Thus, the reading ends here.

PS: Orders books open in July, with the first cars expected to reach dealers "in the third quarter," Dodge says.

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