One thing we know for sure is AUOart can execute American muscle. Some past successes that come to mind are the early Corvettes, the C1, C2, C3 are some of our absolute favourites. The is also the Dodge Viper SRT-10, we still believe this one of their best representations to date.
Recently released under the same theme is the 1:18 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody. There is a laundry list of colours coming to market, if you’re looking for something unique, we suggest the Sinamon Stick exterior with Black dual strips center. This might be easier said than done as this is slowly becoming AUTOart classic.
This 4th generation Challenger isn’t for the faint of heart. 700+ horsepower and even more torque, 800+ are numbers to surely give the edge to Dodge in the horsepower wars. The widebody stance isn’t for looks, it’s there to accommodate some massive rollers, 11 inches wide, 305 rubber riding on 20 inch wheels. And this still isn’t enough ammo to tame the beast!
Out of the box, the exterior of the Sinamon Stick exterior is absolutely gorgeous! The paintwork is flawless from all angles. We hope the photos do it justice. The Black dual centre stripes and wheels work in harmony as well as the accompanying Black accents bits. In short, this car looks BADASS!
Stepping back, the exterior lines are definitely on point here. AUTOart does capture the shape and original design extremely well. This is a full 360 access replica, so we need to address the shut lines and panel gaps. One word, excellent! We might add the best we’ve seen from the team to date.
One thing that is surprising is the weight. This model is longer and sits taller than the AUTOart Pagani Huayra Roadster (each arrived at the same time) but is significantly lighter. Did AUTOart abandon the inner diecast shell? This definitely won’t sit well with collectors who consider weight as a quality metric.
The nose of the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody is nothing less than intimidating. AUTOart’s attention to detail is served well. All grille work is executed with metal grilles. Hellcat badge is accurate and intakes secondary lights are worth the price of admission. These are functional too, designed to send air into the supercharged beast inside.
The upper cooling vents on the hood are all metal. The shut lines here are so tight we had to carefully use the centre scoop to prop open the hood first. Once inside you will notice the crafty hinge work with struts supports, something AUTOart continues to do well. Also, the action of opening the hood (this applies to the rear hatch too). The up and forward motion is truly authentic. Lovely touch!
Engine detail is elevated somewhat from recent releases. The use of colours, layers and texture evident here. Though, one detail AUTOart missed is the Hellcat logo front and centre on top of the supercharger’s intake. Engine detail does continue to the underside of the model, AUTOart does complete the front and rear with complete exhaust with multiple heat shields. The results here far exceed those on the resin variety but the overall effort falls short from their past American selection mentioned earlier.
Rear fueling is static and does not offer the ability to open. Though the overall look and the addition of FUEL are a nice touch.
The rear section of the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody leaves nothing to spare. Quality taillight nicely aligns with their adjacent parts. The Badging centre and on spoiler are metal bits too. Once inside the rear storage, the cargo capacity could house a couple of large adults lol. Inside the quality flocking is wall to wall. Note the neat hinges with supporting struts.
Wheels on the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody are painted in semi-gloss Black finish. Five bolts painted in Silver with supporting SRT logo in the centre. Tires have fashionable branding and are correct to feature Pirelli rubber here. In behind the cross-drilled rotors are mated to Black Brembo calipers front and rear. The results look great, but something is missing when compared to the original, I just can’t put on finger on it…
The interior continues with the great quality flocking found in the back. Overall we have a typical generic AUTOart appearance with the flat Grey/Black theme, the only colour is provided via the Red dials and starter button. Colour aside, all the components are here, and the results are more than adequate. This includes door cards, dash and centre console. There are even grab handles in the roofline. Rubber seatbelts complete the seating in front and rear.
AUTOart does serve the family of American cars well with their latest Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody. The exterior paint is absolutely a gem, with the transitional elements of Sinamon Stick and Black decal work in perfect harmony. It exceeds in all the right areas on the exterior end, even the motor is ahead on recent efforts. Where it falls moderately short is the undercarriage definition, too plastic looking and the interior follows suit. Overall, this is a great representation of the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody, and the only one offering full 360 to date. We’re looking forward to others in the series. Enjoy the pics!