Dodge is using the occasion of the Woodward Dream Cruise in and around Detroit to unveil its most powerful Charger yet — a 717-hp limited edition Charger SRT Hellcat wide-body.
The 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition (paying homage to the 1969 Charger Daytona) will greet the public for the first time with the opening of the Modern Street HEMI Shootout Lot in Pontiac. Power comes from the Hellcat’s supercharged 6.2-litre Hemi V-8, but with an extra boost of horsepower to 717 (up from 707), while torque holds at 650 lb-ft, in a calibration unique to this edition that’s limited to 501 units (same as the 1969 version, which was the minimum production required for consideration in NASCAR racing).
“The Dodge brand continues to push the boundaries of performance with the most powerful and fastest mass-produced sedan in the world, the Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody,” said Tim Kuniskis, Global Head of Alfa Romeo and Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT. “Today, with the introduction of the limited-production Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Daytona, we are both recognizing the Dodge brand’s performance heritage and staying true to our roots by offering high-performance, collectible vehicles that continue to defy the trends and deliver attainable performance that can’t be found anywhere else.”
Designed to dominate the stock car racing series, the Charger Daytona was the first car to break the 200 mph (322 km/h) lap speed in the hands of Buddy Baker during a NASCAR-sanctioned training run at Talladega — an official record that stood until Bill Elliott turned 212.809 mph in a Ford Thunderbird also at Talladega during qualifying in 1987 (a record that still stands, with NASCAR instituting restrictor plates on carburettors for superspeedway races shortly after).
The 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition will be available in one of four exterior colours — B5 Blue, Pitch Black, Triple Nickel and White Knuckle and B5 Blue, which is exclusive to the Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition in 2020. Other design heritage cues include a unique Daytona decklid and rear-quarter decal meant to mimic the 2-foot-high wing on the 1969 original.
The car rides on 20-inch Warp Speed wheels in unique Satin Carbon finish (showing black Brembo calipers) and shod with Pirelli 305/35ZR20 all-season performance tires.
The interior features unique power adjustable black heated and ventilated seats in Nappa leather and Alcantara suede, trimmed in blue stitching and embroidered with the Daytona script. An instrument panel custom badge with Hellcat and Daytona logos identifies the series build of each car.
The headliner is Dynamica suede and the instrument panel is finished in carbon fibre. Suede flat-bottom steering wheel trimmed in blue and silver, and velour-bound floor mats are both unique to the Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition.
Dealer orders for the 2020 Dodge Charger, including the Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition, open in fall 2019, with deliveries slated for early 2020. Prices and final equipment lists will be available closer to launch.