2020 Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Headed to Pike's Peak
2020 Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody roars at the 97th running of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb
Hellcat is a Mountain Lion
Every year they come, drivers ready to challenge the dangerous mountain run with perilous curves. You can hear the purrs of internal combustion engines echoing through the thin mountain air, rumbling—waiting for the signal to roar to life and unleash hell and horsepower in the Colorado Rockies.
The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is an automotive tradition and the second oldest car race in the United States. Established by Spencer Penrose in 1916, the hill climb gives professional drivers the unique opportunity to race up winding roads and treacherous switchbacks to reach the summit of a 14, 115-foot mountain. This year, Dodge brought a beast to climb the slopes.
Climbing the Mountain
Enter the 2020 Charger SRT (Street and Racing Technology) Hellcat Widebody. The production Hellcat Charger is powered by an enormous 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 engine that has been supercharged to deliver a heavy dose of 707 horsepower and 650-foot-pounds of torque. That kind of power will have you tearing up blacktop and eating Mustangs for breakfast. It also has four doors so you can pick the kids up from school, just remember to buckle up their car seats. This piece of MOPAR muscle can go from 0-60 mph in a mind-blowing 3.6 seconds and has been clocked at 196 mph. That’s fast enough to get home from the grocery store before your ice cream melts.
Ready for the Street
If drag racing to the mall isn’t in your game plan or you feel that this is just too much car to play nice with considering traffic laws, you can always make your way to Colorado Springs and see how the Hellcat handles the 12.42 miles and 156 turns up Pikes Peak. This year, professional driver Randy Probst took on the mountain in a race modified 2020 Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody. Probst’ SRT Hellcat Charger has been blown and tweaked to put out an unspecified amount of horsepower. We can safely assume that the race modified version of the car outperforms the standard 707 horsepower intended for the market.
Cars have to be modified to perform with depleted oxygen intake in the mountain air. The city of Colorado Springs, Colorado rests at an elevation of 6,035 feet above sea level. Pikes Peak has an elevation of 14,115-feet. Probst’ car was specially tuned to run at optimal levels in high altitude.
Advantages of a wide body. A wide body means a wider stance and bigger tires. That gives the 2020 Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody a better grip on the road and more traction in turns. The SRT Hellcat also boasts an improved suspension that goes beyond the base Charger package.
Four door cars can be fast too. Dodge has declared that the 2020 Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody will be the fastest sedan in the world. Get ready for fat cats to start eating up the road because the Dodge Charger Hellcat will only be available in Widebody. Dealers will begin taking orders in the Fall of this year for delivery in 2020.
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