It’s no secret that the next-generation Challenger is currently in the works and getting ready to make its debut in the next couple of years. Now, the American automaker has been rumored to introduce a new variant of the Hellcat-powered model for the 2018 model year. Luckily, rumors turned out to be true when a wide-body Challenger test prototype was spotted on Michigan roads only a few days ago. The new rear-wheel drive 2018 Dodge Challenger Hellcat has been dubbed the Challenger ADR (American Drag Racer) and it should come as the last major update of this sedan’s current iteration.
The company first hinted at a wide-body Challenger at the 2015 SEMA show when the Challenger GT AWD concept made its public appearance. The concept actually used the Dodge Charger’s all-wheel drive system as well as the 5.7-liter V8 engine supplied by FCA. However, the 2018 Dodge Challenger Hellcat will be a rear-wheel drive model powered by the well-known supercharged V8 that is even rumored to go beyond the stunning 707 horsepower produced by the current version.
2018 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Features
When it comes to the exterior design, the 2018 Dodge Challenger Hellcat is expected to share most of its features with the aforementioned GT AWD concept. So, expect to see a lot of flared bodywork on the production-ready version. That means the model will feature a menacing appearance that perfectly matches the mighty Hellcat engine under its hood. Of course, the most noticeable visual feature of the 2018 Dodge Challenger Hellcat will be its wide tires. Unlike the current SRT Hellcat that sports 275/40-size tires, the Challenger ADR is expected to be fitted with 315s at least. As mentioned, this unique car is very likely to get a power boost that should push it past the amazing 707 horsepower currently produced by the supercharged 6.2-liter V8.
2018 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Release Date
Although official statements concerning the release date are still unavailable, we expect the 2018 Dodge Challenger Hellcat to go on sale sometime in the second half of 2017. One thing is for sure, though, muscle car enthusiasts from all around the globe will be watching closely for its arrival.