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2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody Review

Looks Great, Sounds Even Better


Jul 12, 2019



There’s one in every crowd.
FAST FACTS


Engine: 6.4-liter V8

Output: 485 horsepower, 475 pound-feet of torque

Transmission: Six-speed manual

U.S. Fuel Economy (MPG): 14 city, 23 highway, 17 combined

CAN Fuel Economy (L/100 km): 16.7 city, 10.4 highway, 13.9 combined

U.S. As-Tested Price: $52,065 including $1,395 for delivery

CAN Estimated Price: $67,420

I’m talking about that friend who defies convention, eschews cultural norms. He’s loud, rude and often quite crude, unafraid of cracking a dirty joke in mixed company. Almost certainly not the person you’d take to a fancy restaurant, he’s nonetheless a one-man carnival and the guy everyone else wants to hang out with.

In many ways, the Dodge Challenger is that sort of rowdy companion. With Hemi power under the hood, this old-school coupe is boisterous and bellicose, but also an absolute blast, whether you’re ripping down a country two-lane, lighting up the rear skins or just blipping the throttle while sitting in rush-hour traffic.
Scat Pack W-I-D-E-B-O-D-Y

Appealing to a broad array of customers, this retro-styled two-door is available in a host of variations. You can get an entry-level Challenger with six-cylinder power, one with all-wheel drive and, of course, still more versions with V8s under their hoods, right up to the race-ready Hellcat Redeye model, which packs just shy of 800 horses.






Somewhere in the middle is the R/T Scat Pack Widebody. This car features a larger and commensurately more powerful 6.4-liter Hemi under its broad, flat hood, a nice upgrade over the entry-level 5.7-liter V8, plus it gains a host of other amenities over lesser Challengers.

Certainly, one of the most obvious changes here is the addition of special fender flares. Borrowed from Widebody Hellcat models, these bolsters broaden the car’s shoulders by 3.5 inches (89 millimeters), giving it an even more imposing look.

Naturally, upgraded wheels and tires fill those bulging cutouts nicely. This car rolls on monstrous 20-inch rims that measure 11 inches across. These forged aluminum units are wrapped in gummy Pirelli tires for extra traction in most conditions, though certainly not cold weather or snow. You’ve been warned if you want to pilot this machine all year and live in a region that experiences four distinct seasons.

Tucked behind those spokes are improved brakes provided by Brembo. Six-piston calipers are on display up front while four-pot units slow the rear wheels down. This setup can eradicate 60 miles an hour in as little as 108 feet, admirable performance for a car that weighs some 4,308 pounds (1,954 kilograms). In modern internet parlance, you might describe this car as thicc or even a heckin’ chonk, because she’s a big girl in nearly every dimension.



Up front, you’ll find standard illuminated air-catcher headlamps that feed the engine bay with a copious supply of fresh atmosphere.

As for the chassis, engineers made plenty of changes as well. Compared to non-Widebody Challenger R/T Scat Pack models, this car benefits from stiffer front springs and retuned shock absorbers. The stabilizer bars are larger as well, plus they’ve been fitted with adaptive dampers. Managing aerodynamics is a front fascia with an integrated splitter and its rear spoiler has been borrowed from the Hellcat for improved downforce at speed.
Princely Pricing

An entry-level Challenger will run you about $28,000. A Hemi-powered R/T variant can be had for around 35 grand. Stepping up from there, the Scat Pack Widebody model kicks off at 46 large and change.




The example tested here checked out for $52,065, including $1,395 in destination fees. Options that added to that overall figure include red brake calipers, summer tires, various driver aids and an interior upgrade package.
392 Reasons to Fall in Love

This car is powered by a naturally aspirated 6.4-liter V8. For those of you fluent in muscle-car, that equates to a healthy 392 cubic inches, gigantic by 21st-century standard, but relatively small compared to what was offered in the 1960s when big-block Mopars, hopped-up Pontiacs and thundering Fords ruled America’s roadways.

With high-flowing, hemi-inspired cylinder heads this powerplant barks like the engines from Detroit’s glory days, cranking out 485 horsepower with 475 pound-feet of peak torque. That’s enough to annihilate the quarter mile in 12.1 seconds at speeds around 112 miles an hour.

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