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2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody Review & Test Drive

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When you have a good thing, and know you have a good thing, you don’t mess with the formula. Though, at times, you may have the desire to tweak a well-known good formula to improve upon it and keep it fresh just as Dodge has done with the Challenger. In that, the latest iteration of the Dodge Challenger has received some minor updates to keep what has been a well-aged platform relevant by adding a widebody form and making the value-added Scat Pack available with Hellcat-looking additions.

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The Dodge Challenger Scat Pack has always been touted as a good value, and now you can have such with the brand’s 392 HEMI V8 engine with the widebody look that fits wider tires for a better stance and menacing looks to boot. Such a package, yielding 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque from the 6.4-liter 392 V8 engine, gives buyers something that may be considered as more usable on public roads for laying down that raw naturally-aspirated American V8 power.

See Also: 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Review & Test Drive

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Stepping into the Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody may not get you the street cred for having one of the most powerful American muscle cars you can buy new off of a dealership lot, but it does give you virtually the same looks. Under the wider body fenders, you get 305-width 20-inch all-season tires squared up on all four corners giving a better footing on the pavement when you want to lay into the throttle or take sharp turns at speed with a little added confidence. Sure, the Dodge Challenger, however you slice it in its many offered trim levels, is still a boat of a vehicle, but the widebody variations attempt to keep the boating in check and does ever so slightly in the affordable package that the Scat Pack Widebody offers.

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While I have praised what the Dodge Challenger offers in many previous reviews, getting the Scat Pack in for a test drive is a nice change from the thrashing power of the Hellcat. Other equipment to praise in the R/T Scat Pack Widebody is the Brembo brakes, 6-piston calipers up front and 4-piston calipers out back all biting down on sizable slotted rotors. The brakes do their job to tame the raw V8 power just as a somewhat similar setup does in the Hellcat and Redeye monsters that can be had in the Challenger. No doubt, you can still break the rear tires loose and go to town painting the streets with Pirelli rubber. The TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission bangs through the gears with assured shifts, and the adaptive widebody competition suspension system does its job to balance the hefty body of the Challenger afloat on an even keel. There’s a lot to welcome in the Challenger Widebody but with more agreeable power for those who aren’t bold enough to go full Hellcat, Redeye, or Demon. In all, you get the availability of basically all of the tech goodies and optional equipment that can be had in the Challenger, including the welcomed 8.4-inch infotainment system, which is included on my loaded up test vehicle.

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For the respected price of $54,120 out the door, the Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody is a good deal – it undercuts the hellacious Hellcat trims by nearly $10,000 for a comparably equipped setup – if you think 485 horsepower is enough for you.

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