Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Daytona Edition Needs a Big Ass Wing
It makes 717 horsepower and commemorates the legendary 1969 Charger Daytona race car.
Fifty years ago, the 1969 Charger Daytona—you know, that one with the gigantic wing—stunned oval-track racing fans with its incredible speed. Fast forward to today and Dodge has revealed the limited-production Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition to commemorate its progenitor's success. This isn't the first time we've seen a special-edition Charger Hellcat, but now extra power accompanies the exclusive looks.
Most telling of this edition is the decal applied to the rear quarter panel and trunk lid, with a color-matched spoiler to give the back end a flash of contrast. The word "Daytona" is etched into either side so there's no mistaking what you're looking at. This edition will be available in four colors: White Knuckle, Triple Nickel, Pitch Black, and B5 Blue. For 2020 Charger Hellcat Widebody models, that bright blue tone will only be available on this special edition.
Inside, blue accent stitching lines the armrest, door panels, shifter, and front bucket seats. Those thrones also receive color-matched "Daytona" embroidery on the seat backs. Carbon-fiber trim is set into the dashboard, and a blue Daytona badge with the trademark screaming kitty Hellcat logo is positioned above the glove box to remind occupants of the car's limited status.
Because 707 hp simply isn't enough, SRT slightly lifted the supercharged 6.2-liter V-8's shift points to bump power to 717 hp. We've found Hellcat-powered vehicles to overcome the tires at nearly any engine speed, so it's possible this approximately-1.4-percent increase in power won't make a substantive difference in performance. But hey, this is a muscle car we're talking about here—isn't the point to shred rubber and make noise?
In 1969, Dodge created the Charger Daytona for the specific purpose of dominating NASCAR racing. With its prodigious power and then-revolutionary aerodynamics, it was the first vehicle in the series to reach a 200-mph average lap speed, and held that record for 17 years. Only 501 were produced, the same number slated for this Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody. Curiously, today's car is actually a tad slower at the top end, with a 196-mph maximum speed. Still, with a mid-three-second 0-60 time, sub-11-second quarter-mile sprint, and huge 305-section tires providing increased grip and traction, it's bound to be faster in every other measure.
Keep an eye out for that rear-end flash of white tearing down the road soon. Orders open this fall; deliveries are slated for early 2020.