Q: Why would anyone buy a 707 horsepower Dodge Charger Hellcat Widebody?
A: Some may have just watched Fast Five and have a sudden urge for a sedan that can pull a safe. Others may be drawn to the appeal of what feels like the return of the classic all-american muscle car. Or you may want the legendary supercharged V8 HEMI engine. Xtreme Xperience has other reasons for purchasing 10, yes 10, Dodge Charger Hellcat Widebodys. Our reasons, however, prove to be beneficial for the muscle car enthusiast with $80,000 burning a hole in their pocket.
Here’s Why Xtreme Xperience is Buying 10 Dodge Charger Hellcat Widebodys.
Readers familiar with Xtreme Xperience will know that key to a successful drive in a supercar, is the effectiveness of the pace or lead car. For years, Xtreme has employed Chevy SS’ to soar ahead of the pack of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and other supercars, piloted by a professional driver. The speed of a supercar is found not only in a straight line, but in the corners, and largely in the experience of the driver. As a result, professional drivers in the less powerful Chevy SS had no issue outrunning excited novices.
The Charger Picks Up Where the Chevy SS Left Off
However, times have changed. They’ve changed in the form of more experienced drivers and supercars with incredible power (we’re looking at you 760 horsepower GT500) and undeniable track speed (yes, you GT3 RS). In the last year, at track after track, our instructors would watch in the rearview mirror as the GT500 would come barrelling down the straightaway, chomping at the back bumper of the Chevy SS. This, and other reasons that we’ll touch on later, made it clear, a solution needed to be found. Xtreme Xperience needed a new lead car that could check all the boxes.
- A lot of power.
- Four doors & Back Seats.
- Widely available.
- Wow Factor.
Hellcats vs. The World
The Dodge Charger Hellcat Widebody checks all of these boxes. There are a number of other cars that check one or two, but none that check all of them. The BMW M5 or Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio offer a back seat and a wow factor, but reliability and the subsequent need for foreign parts rule them out. Toss the back seat, and a host of options open up. Dodge’s Charger Hellcat Widebody is a 707 horsepower four-door with proven capabilities, making it the ideal next lead car. We know that this new addition will soon be a guest favorite and will make Xtreme Xperience customers thrilled to start their day with a Hellcat Ride-Along.
The Dodge Charger Hellcat Widebody is A 707 horsepower Beast.
Key to being the fourth generation of lead cars at Xtreme Xperience is having enough power. The 707 horsepower supercharged V8 HEMI engine in the Charger will enable professional drivers to combine their skills with the ample power to stay safely ahead of the pack. In the past, the Chevy SS’ were being driven to the limit to stay in the lead, which took its toll. Guests will now be able to enjoy the thrill of a ride-along in these cars with instructors keeping the Hellcat within their limits.Also contributing to the success of these new cars is the Widebody setup of the Charger. Identical to the Challenger, the Charger employs a square setup (all four tires are the same size & width) with 305/35R-20 tires for incredible grip. We’ve seen guest after guest thrilled with the wider track of the Hellcat Widebody as they experience unexpected grip and ability to keep speed through corners.
How much is a Hellcat?
Dodge announced that the 2021 Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody starts at $78,595 (plus a $1,495 destination charge). It's an increase on the base price of the Chevy SS, but with double the power and track readiness, the Charger is well worth it.
Watch XX take Delivery of our First Two Hellcat Widebody Chargers.
At its heart, the Charger is a four-door sedan.
Another key consideration in choosing the Charger Hellcat Widebody is that it could comfortably sit three passengers without fuss! The Chevy SS’ hosted thousands of guests for lap after lap of a thrill ride. Thankfully Dodge’s SRT division has an itch for adding power to all of their vehicles. While there may be a supercharged V8 under the hood, the back seat is created for comfort.
Hellcats are Incredibly Reliable
It may come as a surprise, but the Dodge Challenger Hellcat is one of the most reliable cars that Xtreme Xperience owns. Since adding it in 2019, there have been minimal major issues and regular maintenance has been performed with ease (other cars can be finicky in even the smallest of jobs). Take away the additional doors and underneath the Charger and Challenger and near identical siblings. With the Chargers soon to be the hardest worked cars in Xtreme Xperience’s fleet, reliability is key. In 2020, the Chevy SS’ started to show their age, the hard work taking its toll with greater frequency and severity - the Chargers are in their prime, ready to show what they can do.
Dodge - one of the big dogs
While reliability is key, when issues do arise, parts need to be sourced quickly and easily. As the Chevy SS’ were discontinued in 2019, parts were increasingly hard to find. On the other side, its worth noting that the Ford Shelby GT500 is SO new that parts are also not yet readily available. The Charger, like Goldilocks, is just right. In it’s prime, parts can be found without issue and have been tested by the Charger Hellcat Widebody’s big brother, the Challenger.
The Dodge Charger Hellcat is undeniably cool.
Lastly, the Charger is a show stopping car. The Charger Hellcat Widebody looks the part with its flared fenders, air-sucking hood, and mean stance. Any dab of acceleration produces a gnarly growl and twang of supercharger whine, while a full foot-to-the-floor acceleration opens up an orchestral sound.
Any car that is leading a pack of the worlds best supercars needs to be able to hold its own. The Dodge Charger Hellcat Widebody is the perfect choice as it passes up Ferrari flash or McLaren mystique to delivery savage raw power.