2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Review: Take It To The Extreme

by Jared Rosenholtz

It's the year 2020: the European Union has officially declared Global Warming as being an international emergency, the levels of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is the highest its been in over three million years, and there's some little girl floating in a boat somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean telling you that you're not allowed to eat beef burgers: so, what are you going to do? You're going to buy a 707-horsepower Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and do a burnout so long that they'll be able to see the double lines all the way from the international space station!

Just as we thought the Charger Hellcat couldn't get more extreme, Dodge goes and adds a wide body kit with widened wheels, upgraded suspension, and an extra-large dose of high-octane barbeque sauce in the glove box for good measure. It may be at the end of its lifespan, but the $69,645 Charger Hellcat still offers a mountain of performance for not a lot of money, and the 2020 car performs better than ever and is still as comfortable, spacious and cool as the day it first rolled off the assembly line. It's not here for much more time; it's here for a good time.

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2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Changes: What’s the difference vs 2019 Charger SRT Hellcat?

The seventh-generation Dodge Charger has been around for close to a decade, and the profile of the Charger has become a well-known one on America's roads. To mix things up for 2020, Dodge decided to widen the Charger SRT Hellcat with a Demon-inspired widebody kit that sees the fenders being stretched out further than an eighteen-year-old metalcore fan's earlobes, accompanied by a number of suspension improvements in the form of Bilstein dampers with three-mode adaptive damping, as well as wider wheels and tires. This combination of upgrades helps the 2020 Charger Hellcat corner better than ever before and goes a long way to keep the aging seventh-gen platform relevant.

Pros and Cons

  • It's a real American muscle car
  • It's comfortable around town
  • New widebody looks good
  • Improvements to handling are noticeable
  • 707 horsepower. 'Nuff said.
  • It's a thirsty beast
  • Aging design
  • Some materials feel cheap
  • It's basically a go-to-jail card

Charger SRT Hellcat Exterior

We've loved the bold and brash look of the Charger Hellcat ever since it reared its brutish face back in 2015, and for 2020, Dodge has managed to make it look even more muscular than before, thanks to a new widened front and rear fascia with integrated fender flares. The vented hood with heat extractors and large grille with gaping air intakes remains unchanged. The end product looks like something you'd find on the set of the new Mad Max movie. So while Dodge has managed to keep things fresh and exciting by widening and beefing up the exterior, you still get the same standard features on the outside which include exterior details such as HID projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, dual rear exhausts, power heated side mirrors, and 20-inch alloy wheels. We love the Charger Hellcat for being unashamedly brawny; its ancestors would be proud.

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Dimensions

The 2020 Charger Hellcat is a large car in body and soul; with a total length of 201 inches and an overall body width of 78.3 inches at the hips - 3.5 inches more girth than last year's non-widebody model. The SRT Hellcat stands 57.6 inches tall and rolls on a 120-inch wheelbase. Germany's legendary super saloon, the BMW M5 is a smaller car, measuring only 195.5 inches in length, and 74.9 inches in total width. Accompanying the bulky exterior dimensions of the Hellcat is a healthy curb weight of 4,586 lbs, which is around 200 pounds more than its German rival, but mountains of torque make that figure feel more like 2,500 pounds when you're in the driver's seat.

Exterior Colors

There's no way of hiding the fact that the Charger SRT Hellcat was built to scare children, make lots of noise, and contribute to the eventual collapse of our ecosystem, so Dodge didn't bother offering any mature exterior paint color options. In total, there are nine colors to choose from, down from last year's 14, with Maximum Steel, Destroyer Grey, B5 Blue, Plum Crazy, and fan favorite, Sublime, all culled from the offering. The available palette now includes basics such as Pitch Black and White Knuckle. Granite and Triple Nickel are your two gray/silver options, while Octane Red and F8 Green are more subdued. The loudest colors on offer include the brilliant Indigo Blue, TorRed, and classic Go Mango orange. The Charger SRT Hellcat screams horsepower in any color, so you might as well flaunt it. We'd go with Indigo Blue or Granite.

  • Triple Nickel Clearcoat
  • B5 Blue Pearl
  • F8 Green
  • Go Mango
  • Granite Pearlcoat
  • Indigo Blue
  • Octane Red Pearlcoat
  • Pitch Black Clearcoat
  • Torred Clearcoat
  • White Knuckle Clearcoat

Charger SRT Hellcat Performance

The term "Mutually Assured Destruction" was coined during the Cold War, and describes a situation where the use of force by one or both sides of a conflict would lead to the demise of all parties involved. The Dodge Charger Hellcat brings that same concept into the automotive world: stomping on the gas pedal will assure the destruction of the rear tires as well as passengers' ability to hold down food. The monumentally powerful, supercharged V8 that lies under the vented hood of the 2020 Charger Hellcat can best be described as a time bender; nail the perfect launch, and you'll hit a 0-60 mph sprint of 3.6 seconds and be at the end of the quarter-mile stretch in only 10.96 seconds. Keep your foot in it, and you'll soon be doing 196 mph. The best thing about these big numbers is the fact that it can be harnessed out in the real world, where the Charger SRT Hellcat loves to purr around town and feels no different to a base model V6 when puttering about. What's more impressive still, is that the Hellcat Widebody can now handle corners, and with the broader tires and extra grip, Dodge claims around a 2.1-mile circuit - you'll see an improvement of 2.1 seconds a lap - or thirteen car lengths - over the 'skinny' Hellcat of last year.

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Engine and Transmission

There are many elements that go into making the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat such a great car, but most will skim over the upgraded chassis and suspension setup or body design and dive right into the heart of the beast: its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine. When doing duty in the Charger, this behemoth of a power plant produces 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque, which is enough to launch it to sixty in under four seconds, and telepathically create gaps in traffic at a whim. Lay hands on one of the ultra-limited (501 available) Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition and you'll unlock a further ten hp, taking the total to 717 hp, although torque remains unchanged.

There is power everywhere in the rev range, in any gear, and at any speed - just put your foot down, and the Charger Hellcat takes a big gulp of air before violently punching you back into your seat. Power is sent exclusively to the rear wheels, as any true muscle car should, via an eight-speed automatic transmission, which does an impressive job when your foot is on the heavier side, but has a tendency to fumble around at lower speeds. How this type of power is accessible by the general car-buying public is one of the wonders of the modern car world.

  • Engine
    6.2-liter Supercharged V8 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    RWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

The go-to rule for making big and bulky muscle cars handle better is to lower, widen and stiffen, and that's exactly what Dodge has done with the 2020 widebody car. Unlike muscle cars of old, who couldn't go around corners, the 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, with its new widebody modification and matching underpinnings, can actually drive around corners at speed. Dodge has fitted wider Pirelli 305/35ZR20 tires for added grip and cornering speed, as well as an upgraded two-piece front brake rotor system from Brembo, and a three-mode adaptive suspension setup from Bilstein. What this translates to is a car that can pull .96 g on a skid pan and drop over two seconds a lap on a two-mile track, when compared to the older car, according to Dodge. A revised power steering system and thicker sway bars also do their bit to drop lap times and broaden smiles. On the road, where the Hellcat will spend most of its days, it feels relaxed and well mannered, especially when driving in the most relaxed suspension setting, and proves to be an excellent highway cruiser or laid-back crawler around town. The larger alloys do invite some harshness into the cabin at lower speeds, but it's nothing worth complaining about.

Charger SRT Hellcat Gas Mileage

The 2020 Charger SRT Hellcat will consume a certain amount of fuel for a specific amount of distance traveled: that should've been Dodge's official statement. Expecting the Dodge Charger Hellcat to be as fast, big and comfortable as it is and to still return a respectable fuel consumption figure can be described as wishful thinking, to put it lightly. It is estimated that the Hellcat will return 12/21/15 mpg city/highway/combined when driven with severe caution, but the majority of owners will only see those numbers in a brochure, and never on the driver display. Fitted with an 18.5-gallon fuel tank, the 2020 Charger Hellcat has an estimated maximum range of 278 miles. Don't say we didn't warn you.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    18.5 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 12/21 mpg
* 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat RWD

Charger SRT Hellcat Interior

Just by looking at the figures, you'd expect the interior of the Charger Hellcat to look like something out of a Pikes Peak race car, but you'll be pleasantly surprised to find a plush interior filled with all the modern creature comforts expected from a modern sedan. Comfortable though it is, the Charger's interior design is showing its age in a big way; the center console design looks like something you'd find in an early 2000's Neon and unfortunately puts a bit of a damper on the mass-fanfare created by the exterior design. Still, you get a good amount of standard features that make the cabin of the Charger Hellcat a comfy place to be. There are standard power-adjustable and heated front seats, 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, dual-zone air conditioning, and LED interior lighting. Optional interior features include a power sunroof, red seat belts, and additional lumbar support and adjustability for front-seat occupants. The Charger Hellcat manages to offer just enough to get a pass, but its interior is on its last legs and is in dire need of a modern overhaul.

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Seating and Interior Space

Experiences are only real when shared, right? The Charger Hellcat offers enough room to seat five adults in comfort, which is perfect because scaring yourself behind the wheel gets a bit lame. Those brave enough to sit in the front are rewarded with 41.8 inches of legroom and 38.6 inches of headroom, which is more than enough space for six-foot-tall adults. In the rear, the Charger Hellcat truly impresses with a limousine-like 40.1 inches of rear legroom, although headroom becomes a bit tight at 36.6 inches - still enough for a tall adult to just about make the cut. The vast amount of interior space is complemented by a set of comfortable front seats that offer good support for fast driving, but don't disregard long-distance comfort.

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater

Interior Colors and Materials

The exterior of the Charger Hellcat might scream FREEDOM, but Dodge has given the driver some respite on the inside, where the material and color choices are toned down and come across as more mature and timeless. New owners can choose between three standard Laguna leather colors, namely Black, Sepia, and Demonic Red. If that's not sporty enough, you can always opt for the Alcantara package, which adds Alcantra seats, suede door panels, and an Alcantara steering wheel. Lovers of carbon fiber will be pleased to know that the Charger Hellcat can be tricked-out with carbon fiber dash and central console inserts. Opting for the Alcantara, carbon fiber, and Suede goes a long way in lifting the dated interior of the Charger Hellcat, and the exclusive Hellcat logos adds a touch of exclusivity - but it can only do so much, and certain hard plastic trim pieces can't be unseen.

Charger SRT Hellcat Trunk and Cargo Space

The Charger Hellcat offers class-leading legroom for its five passengers, and 40.1 inches of legroom in the rear is especially impressive. What this usually means is that trunk space takes a knock, but the Hellcat manages to offer around the same amount of space as a Honda Accord at 16.5 cubic feet. The trunk lid has a moderately wide opening, but there's a high liftover of 30.1 inches that has to be cleared before you get to the broad and deep trunk area. Fortunately, space can also be extended thanks to a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. The BMW M5 offers a superior 18.7 cubic feet of trunk space despite being the smaller car. Inside, small items such as drinking bottles and keys can be stored in the generously sized door pockets. The glove box is on the smaller side, as is the central storage nook; larger cell phones will have to be stowed away in the cup holder compartment. The armrest storage bin is big enough for a few cans of your favorite energy drink.

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  • Trunk Volume
    16.5 ft³

Charger SRT Hellcat Infotainment and Features

Features

The SRT Hellcat is the most powerful and well equipped Charger on sale, so it should make sense that it comes packed with a respectable list of standard features and Hellcat-specific details that separate it from the rest of the pack. Notable exterior features include halogen projector headlamps with auto on/off feature, LED daytime running lights LED fog lights as well as keyless entry. Inside, you're greeted by comfy sport seats with eight-way adjustability on the driver's side, including four-way power lumbar support, dual-zone automatic climate control with front and rear outlets, a heated leather steering wheel, a universal garage door opener, as well as an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Nice-to-haves such as a power sunroof and lumbar adjustment for the front passenger seat come at an extra cost. Modern features like wireless phone charging are not to be found, but you do get a handful of driver assists like blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic detection, a rearview camera, rear park assist for when you need to back that ass up, and standard cruise control. The most advanced systems are not available on the Hellcat - because its very ethos goes against the purpose of what half these systems exist for.

Infotainment

The Uconnect infotainment system found in the 2020 Charger SRT Hellcat is an industry favorite and one of the best in its class. It's quick to respond to user inputs, and its menu layouts are simple and easy to understand. The 8.4-inch touch screen display projects color in bright clarity and looks good from both the driver and front passenger seat. Included in the infotainment package is a one-year subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio, HD radio, SiriusXM Guardian services, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration as well as Bluetooth streaming, CD/DVD/MP3 compatibility and auxiliary and USB inputs. The optional Uconnect 4C Nav system tends to spit out odd routes and can get confused in dense city centers, which is why we prefer to stick to the Android or Apple nav systems. Sound is channeled through an Alpine six-speaker sound system with a 276-Watt amplifier, which does an honest job of serenading the ears with ZZ-Top's greatest hits, but there's a 19-speaker Harman Kardon system on offer for those looking for something more serious.

Charger SRT Hellcat Problems and Reliability

The NHTSA has issued seven recalls for the dodge Charger family of cars in the last two years. Most of these were issued for minor defects such as sun visor screens with missing airbag safety info labels, while some carried a bit more weight. In 2019, recalls were issued for incorrectly installed transmission park rods, which would keep the car from shifting into park mode, and cruise control units that would fail to cancel, which can get real scary, real fast. Despite these niggles, the folks over at J.D. Power still believe that the Charger Hellcat is a solid bet and gives it a score of 80 out of 100, and the 2020 edition is still recall-free. Dodge backs their Hellcat with a basic three-year/36,000-mile warranty, which includes a five-year/60,00-mile Drivetrain warranty and roadside assistance plan as well as a five-year/unlimited-mile corrosion warranty.

Charger SRT Hellcat Safety

2020 models haven't been put through their paces by either the NHTSA or IIHS, but 2019 cars have been tested - although not in Hellcat spec. The NHTSA reported back with a positive five out of five stars for their overall rating, while the IIHS was a bit more critical, as usual, and noted that the 2019 Dodge Charger failed to impress in the headlight category, most likely due to the lack of LED headlights, and moderate front-overlap damage on the driver's side was a concern. In other tests, it scored generally Good remarks.

Key Safety Features

The list of standard safety features on the Charger Hellcat isn't as long as you'd find on other large sedans in this performance bracket, but then, the Charger costs less than half of what most of its German competitors do. Dodge has fitted a three-mode stability control system, which allows the driver to have some fun when it's safe to do so, but keeps things in check out on public roads, and there are six standard airbags to keep you and your buddies as comfortable as possible as you try to outrun the cops by smashing headlong into a tree (please, don't do either). You also get cruise control, electronic roll mitigation, hill start assist as well as a ParkView back-up camera with ParkSense rear park assistance. Basic active driver assistance tech such as blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic assistance are welcomed additions.

Verdict: Is the 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat a good car?

The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, alongside the Challenger Hellcat, has played a pivotal part in the reimagining of the great American muscle car, and has managed to hold on to those core characteristics such as lots of power, excellent comfort and practicality, and an affordable asking price while breaking some stereotypes. The Charger Hellcat will now go around corners just as well as many overpriced exotics, especially now that it's riding on wider wheels and an improved suspension setup, and isn't a complete death trap thanks to a decent number of modern safety features. The interior is spacious and comfortable, and despite not having the most cutting edge design, it offers most of the amenities you'd look for in a modern performance sedan. Out on the road, the Charger Hellcat behaves itself so well that you can forget that you're actually driving a 707-hp drag racer in disguise. The main reason why we like the Charger Hellcat so much is because of how it makes us feel; it's unashamedly raucous and in your face, and it has the license to do so. It's freedom incarnate.

What's the Price of the 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat?

The 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody starts off with an MSRP of $69,645, which excludes a Gas Guzzler tax of $2,100 and a destination fee of $1,495. With those numbers included, you're looking at $73,240, which works out around $104 per horsepower. The 2020 BMW M5, on the other hand, only starts at $102,700, which means you'll be paying around $171 per hp. Fully-kitted, the Charger Hellcat will set you back just over $87,000. Lay your hands on one of 501 Daytona 50th Anniversary Editions, with 717 hp, and you'll have to fork over $74,140 before all the extras.

2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Models

Unlike the Dodge Challenger, which is available in the even wilder Red Eye trim, the Dodge Charger tops out in Hellcat spec. The range-topping Hellcat gains most of the features found lower in the range and adds a few select features reserved exclusively for Hellcat cars. Exterior features include a set of ultra-wide 20-inch Carbon Black alloy wheels wrapped in summer sport tires, LED daytime running lights, and an optional sunroof. Inside, the seats are covered in premium Laguna leather or optional Alcantara, and bodies are cooled or heated via a dual-zone climate control system with front and rear controls. Occupants are kept entertained by a Uconnect infotainment system that features an 8.4-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth streaming, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. 4G LTE Wi-Fi keeps everyone connected to the outside world. The Hellcat also includes modern safety tech such as blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic assistance, and rear parking assist as standard.

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
SRT Hellcat
6.2-liter Supercharged V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$69,645
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Additional Packages

Dodge offers some interesting optional extras for their brutal four-door, which can be customized to look even more aggressive, or equipped with premium equipment for added comfort and convenience. On the outside, new owners can go for the $3,495 painted black satin graphics package which covers the hood and roof in black satin paint, or a set of 20-inch Warp Speed Granite wheels. Inside, the 19-speaker Harman Kardon sound system is a $1,795 extra, while bolstering the infotainment with navigation will cost a further $995. Staring at the clouds through a power sunroof will cost you $1,995 extra. The Navigation and Travel Package adds SiriusXM Traffic Plus, Travel Link, and Traffic Service for $995, and the Alcantara package, which costs $995, covers the seats and steering wheel in - you guessed it - Alcantara. If we were the ones buying, we'd go for the Alcantara seats and call it a day.

What Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Model Should I Buy?

There's only one model on offer, so the only question left to ask would be what optional extras to go for. Most of the options on offer for the 2020 Charger Hellcat alter the appearance in some way, so it's mostly up to personal choice. We love the optional Alcantara package, which gives the Charger Hellcat a real Euro performance feel, which helps disguise the aging interior design. For those who don't mind living with constant Tinnitus, the Harman Kardon sound system with 19 speakers should be on the top of the list. We would advise against the optional navigation package; the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems do just fine. At the end of the day, you're going to be buying the Charger SRT Hellcat for that supercharged V8 engine lying under the hood, end of story.

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2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat vs Dodge Charger

There's only one model on offer, so the only question left to ask would be what optional extras to go for. Most of the options on offer for the 2020 Charger Hellcat alter the appearance in some way, so it's mostly up to personal choice. We love the optional Alcantara package, which gives the Charger Hellcat a real Euro performance feel, which helps disguise the aging interior design. For those who don't mind living with constant Tinnitus, the Harman Kardon sound system with 19 speakers should be on the top of the list. We would advise against the optional navigation package; the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems do just fine. At the end of the day, you're going to be buying the Charger SRT Hellcat for that supercharged V8 engine lying under the hood, end of story.

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2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat vs BMW M5 Sedan

The BMW M5 has set the benchmark for performance sedan cars since the days when Chernobyl was still a thriving town, and has been doing so for over thirty years. The sixth-generation M5 makes use of a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine producing 600 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque, which, channeled through a sporty all-wheel-drive system, enables it to sprint to sixty in the low three-second range and return 15/21/17 mpg city/highway/combined. The power difference is clear on paper, but out on the road, the M5 feels almost as fast, but delivers its power in a more linear and reserved fashion - typically German, then. On the road, the BMW feels peerless in the way it balances comfort and driver engagement, and the interior is one of the best-designed and well-built spaces we've come across in this class. It goes without saying that the features list on the M5 is far superior, as is the infotainment and standard safety equipment list. The Charger Hellcat might be more powerful, but it won't be faster than the M5 out in the real world, and it can't match its refinement, but does that really matter when it's over $30,000 cheaper?

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