The fantasy of a Dodge Charger widebody variant has always resonated strongly in the minds of some enthusiasts, especially those that already enjoy the charms and unique curb appeal that defines the Challenger widebody. Dodge officials have listened to these ambitious dreams, and has unveiled a special Charger widebody concept.
Unveiled at Spring Fest (an annual gathering for LX platform enthusiasts) Dodge claims that the concept is a near production prototype, which could mean that it could feasibly make its production debut after the 2020 model year.
Visually, the concept retains alot of its Charger DNA, with the key change being the bigger side profile that allows the car to accommodate the wider tires that are a key part of the package. A slick SRT graphics package on the contrasting white paint helps give it a pinch of distinction, while a new front grille, bigger lower air vents on the front bumper, new taillights, and concept exclusive wheels amp up its street cred too.
Dodge did not reveal too many details surrounding the concept, but a separate report appears to suggest that the Charger widebody will follow the Challenger’s playbook, and be an option only on the R/T Scat Pack, and the fire breathing SRT Hellcat. For those that need a refresher course, the R/T Scat Pack features a 6.4 liter naturally aspirated V8 that wields 485 horsepower, while the Hellcat brings over 707 horsepower to the festivities. At this point, it appears the Redeye’s 797 horsepower blown V8 wont be fitted to the production version, but we won’t be surprised if Dodge decides to change course and add it later in the production run to maximize the Charger’s ability to snag attention from curious observers.
While the 2019 New York Auto Show is fast approaching, we suspect that this particular concept will not appear there, and instead make its debut at the 2019 Woodward Dream Cruise in August. We will certainly keep our eyes and ears open for this special breed of Charger during that time, and we look forward to hearing more info as it becomes available.
Carl Malek has been an automotive journalist for over 10 years. First starting out as a freelance photographer before making the transition to writing during college, his work has appeared on numerous automotive forums as well as websites such as Autoshopper.com.
Carl is also a big fan of British vehicles with the bulk of his devotion going to the Morgan Motor Company as well as offerings from Lotus, MG, and Caterham. When he is not writing about automobiles, Carl enjoys spending time with his family and friends in the Metro Detroit area, as well as spending time with his adorable pets.