2020 Dodge Charger Widebody first drive: Detroit hooligans

There’s no getting around it, the Charger is old. The current bodywork was first stamped new nine years ago. And the basic bones of these machines stretch all that way back to 2006, even longer if you consider the elderly rear-drive Mercedes-Benz parts used in their construction. But Dodge has done a miraculous job investing in these platforms, making them modern — and, most importantly, keeping them exciting.   
That consistent improvement and refinement has really paid off. Dodge moved more than 80,000 Chargers a year for each of the last seven years. And Dodge/SRT senior manager of sales operations Jeff Strauss says the top Hellcat and Scat Pack trims make up a solid 30-35 percent of the mix depending on the month. Enough folks dig those potent V8 models that Dodge decided to double down on awesome for 2020.
Wilder says Charger fans have been drooling over the Widebody Challengers and finally said, “We want big tires too!” So, early next year, Charger’s most potent models will come with huge blistered fenders just like the Challenger. The Hellcat has them standard, but on the Scat Pack, it’s a $6,000 upcharge. The flares are 3.5-inches wider than those the standard Charger, are integrated into new front and rear fascias and help cover the massive 20-inch-by-11-inch wheels wrapped in 305/35ZR20 performance summer (or optional all-season) tires. That’s the same size that comes under the similarly flared fenders of the Challenger Widebody.