2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack WB Review – When Dodge announced the alignment of the 2019 Challenger, was the SRT Hellcat Redeye which attracted all the attention. And why not? The marriage of a Hellcat with the Powertrain of the SRT demon of the world is a great headline. However, although we are certainly ones to evade us the introduction of a 800 HP car, we noticed that the introduction of another notable package was losing a little noise.

2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack WB Review

With the debut of the R / T Scat Pack Widebody, the Hellcat Widebody not only aggressive appearance becomes available to buyers for 40 percent less money than it needed last year, but it also provides more focused on the track components in the parts of the Challenger tray for the model that best fits for track work.

When the Challenger T / A made his debut for the 2017 model year, was, to a certain extent, designed to fulfill that role. As a tribute to the original homologation cars used in the 1970 Trans Am racing series, his lineage originated directly in those machines on corners of the time of the original load auto path. While the appearance was sharp, didn’t have the necessary hardware to raise substantially the dynamic prowess of the Challenger. The Scat Pack Widebody does not suffer the same fate.

While it lacks the recoil of the T-style / Scat Pack Widebody, compensates it to be almost indistinguishable from the Hellcat Widebody last year from a visual standpoint, a reinforced aspect that adds 3.5 inches total width to the car in the process. It also supports the aesthetics with a reorganization of comprehensive systems of steering and suspension of Scat Pack at the time that adds extra grip and braking to the equation. Although Dodge does not accept it immediately, the result is the Challenger’s friendliest production that has been constructed to date2019 Dodge Challenger RT Scat Pack WB Review

“Siendo this is an auto focused on the track, the actual numbers are on the way, ” said Jim Wilder, development manager of the Challenger and Charger SRT vehicles. In that same year, this car now runs from door to door with a narrow body Hellcat “.” Taking into account the deficit of 232 horsepower of the Scat Pack with Hellcat, that is saying something.

While its total circumference will keep the Challenger one or two steps behind the Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack 2 and the Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE, it’s worth noting that prioritization of the visual presence, great skill in the tours and the ease of use of the Challenger actually put this car at the point of view of a different kind of buyer, one that it is more likely to buy products from the Challenger with his companion of four doors, the Charger, with pony cars substantially smaller Ford and Chevy.

Package Scat Dodge Challenger R / T 2019 begins at $38,995. The addition of the Widebody package, which includes six-piston Brembo brakes in the front, an Adaptive suspension of three modes specially tuned, wheels and wider tires and bulky body, adds other $6,000 to the equation. Stacked with options, our well equipped Tester cost $55,569 bound.

INTERIOR AND CEILING

While the interior is largely a remnant of last year, there are some new touches here and there, as the dark finish of plate bending in the instrument panel and console, and new details in titanium liquid in the shift lever the bezels of the Group and address. wheel. As in previous years, the Scat Pack Bee logo is embroidered on the front seats, giving the model a unique touch to help booth stand out among the rest of the Challenger line.

Scat Pack 2019 models also have a number of features that were previously reserved for models SRT as standard, such as launch control, line blocking and performance SRT pages, the last of which provides data of Telemetry in real time as the lateral load G, reaction times, distance from braking and other performance statistics.2019 Dodge Challenger RT Scat Pack WB Review

As with the rest of the line Challenger post-2015, the cabin of the Scat Pack is ideal for large tours but not too luxurious, and the seats they achieve a good balance between comfort and maintenance of the occupants during the high-speed maneuver. They are not reinforced as aggressively as, say, Recaro who can opt for a new Mustang GT buckets, but they allow a number of features that the Recaro seats do not have, such as power, ventilation and lumbar support adjustment.

DRIVING EXPERIENCE

The merger of the R / T Scat Pack with the Widebody treatment creates an interesting combination. Under the hood, has Hemi V8 6.4 liters of natural aspiration of FCA, which offers 485 horsepower and 475 lb / ft of torque. Combined with the Pirelli P Zero rubber 305 mm, which comes as part of the Widebody package, it is good for a zero-to-60 mph time approximately four seconds when equipped with the eight-speed automatic. Wait for the six-speed manual is a couple of steps back.

However, the Widebody package is not only flashy fenders and a set of wheels and wider tires. Scat Pack models get a specially adapted version of the suspension system Adaptive three modes using reset more rigid, shock absorbers front springs and larger front and rear stabilizer bars.

SRT engineers tell us that the suspension is calibrated to make the Scat Pack Widebody sits easier to pull and is easier to hammer at the limit, which in turn requires less effort to keep the car under you when you’re on the track. The Widebody package also brings big front brakes Brembo six-piston to the mix, and combined with rubber Widebody, braking from 60 to zero has come down from 111 feet to 108. The side grip jumps.93 g to.

On the road, the front end more rigid is evident in the low speed bumps, but is far from being objectionable. To be in street mode, the suspension is still happy to absorb imperfections in the pavement, but communicates more about what happens under the car to the other Challenger in alignment that are equipped with this adjustable suspension system.

However, paid dividends in the Speedway Club Motorsports. The course of 2.5 miles and 15 laps in Tamworth, New Hampshire, is spacious and has tons of elevation changes, attributes that respond to the strengths of the Challenger at the time that highlight some of its shortcomings.2019 Dodge Challenger RT Scat Pack WB Review

With a weight of more than 4,300 pounds with automatic transmission and all installed seats (the rear seat can be eliminated, saving 49 pounds), the Scat Pack Widebody pen is not weight, but is still almost 200 pounds less than a SRT Hellcat Redeye equipped in a way similar, and much of that weight is located on the front of the car.

Although his speed on the straight lines cannot be compared with that Demon spawn supercharged, the Scat Pack you can brake later, turn more urgent and is more tolerant in the limit. In the Hellcat, often handled with the accelerator to keep the car pointed where desired, what is certainly a good time in their own right. But with the Scat Pack Widebody, the entire operation feels more accurate and spent less effort to make corrections to the speed.

AS DT CONFIGURES THIS CAR

The price of the Challenger R / T Scat Pack increases rapidly as it starts to check boxes on the options sheet, as evidenced by our tester over $55 K price tag. But there is also plenty of room to trim some fat.

With $6,000, the Widebody package adds a substantial part to the final results of the Scat Pack, but you also get much for your money, so we consider it essential. Forget about manual six-speed automatic transmission and return to $1,595 in the Pocket, we recommend you spend Harmon Kardon ($ 1,595) 18-speaker premium audio system. Uconnect Infotainment system is also worth the price of admission ($ 795), as well as optional Pirelli P Zero summer tires ($ 595).

There are also a number of other comfort and convenience packages available, but both if you need equipment such as a power-adjustable steering column, blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control really boils down to where they are their priorities. Having said that, you should be able to specify a Scat Pack Widebody well appointed for less than $50 K without sacrificing much.