Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Is FCA’s Worst-kept Secret Right Now

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Dodge Charge Widebody from Sinister Lifestyle

Pictures and video of a widebody Dodge Charger and the promise of a concept at SpringFest suggest a Cali debut.

This past weekend, several pictures popped up on Instagram showing what appears to be a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody sporting a wrap that loosely hides the body lines. According to Allpar, those pictures were joined by what appears to be a screen shot from a presentation about the widebody Charger and on Monday, a video of one of these widened Mopar muscle sedans popped up on Instagram.

We reached out to FCA for more information on these cars, and while they wouldn’t specifically address these images, a Dodge representative explained that there will be a Charger design concept on display at the upcoming Spring Festival of LXs in Southern California.

Dodge Charger Widebody Mopar Addicts Rear

When you combine these pictures and video with the fact that Dodge has announced that a Charger design concept will debut at SpringFest, it seems likely that the concept will be the widebody sport sedan shown here.

First Images

The first pictures of the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody were posted to Instagram by the accounts of Mopar__Addicts and Sinister_Lifestyle. Mopar__Addicts caught the car from the rear and from the front corner while Sinister_Lifestyle posted more of a square-on shot of the front end. In all of them, there is no question that this is a Charger with Hellcat design cues and a similar widebody design to that of the Challenger.

Dodge Charger Widebody Mopar Addicts Front

Mysterious Graphic

Next, the graphic below showed up online over the weekend in a variety of Facebook groups without any clear source. It looks like the type of screen that would appear in a slideshow presentation about a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody. The graphic lists the unique features of the widened sedan, none of which are a surprise because they are basically the same items that changed when the widebody Challenger was introduced.

Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Graphic

This includes a new electronic power steering system, a uniquely-tuned suspension system, tweaked front and rear fascias, new sills running between the wheel flares and 20-by-11-inch wheels wrapped in tires measuring 305/35R/20.

Again, there is no word as to where this graphic came from, so someone could have created it and posted it online without any actual information on the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody, but based on the widebody Challenger, the list of features for the Charger makes sense.

Video Footage

Next up, Instagrammer “ZL1_dre_2c” was driving through Metro Detroit when he one of these flashy SRT Chargers rolled past him on the open road. Unfortunately, he has music playing over the video, so we cannot hear the widebody sedan, but there is no question that this is one of the cars originally shown in the teaser images.

Charger Widebody Front Road

In the video, we get a good look at the widebody Charger from the side, including wheels that appear to be different than the wheels on the widebody Challenger. It also appears that this car has the Brembo brakes from the Hellcat cars, but there is no engine designation badge on the fenders, so we don’t know for sure that this car packs a supercharged Hemi.

Dodge Charger Widebody Road Rear

Dodge Charger Widebody Roar Far

Needless to say, if the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody does debut this weekend at SpringFest, you will read about it here on DodgeForum.com.

Photos & Video: Instagram

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"Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500," says Patrick Rall, a lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years. "He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car – a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16 while I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

"Although I went to college for accounting, my time in my dad’s shop growing up allowed me the knowledge to spend time working as a mechanic before getting my accounting degree, at which point I worked in the office of a dealership group. While I was working in the accounting world, I continued racing and taking pictures of cars at the track. Over time, I began showing off those pictures online and that led to my writing.

"Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never “work” a day in your life," adds Rall, who has clocked in time as an auto mechanic, longtime drag racer and now automotive journalist who contributes to nearly a dozen popular auto websites dedicated to fellow enthusiasts.

"I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

"My experience drag racing for more than 20 years coupled with a newfound interest in road racing over the past decade allows me to push performance cars to their limit, while my role as a horse stable manager gives me vast experience towing and hauling with all of the newest trucks on the market today.

"Being based on Detroit," says Rall, "I never miss the North American International Auto Show, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights, along with spending plenty of time raising hell on Detroit's Woodward Avenue with the best muscle car crowd in the world.

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