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New Hellcat head badge for 2018

by Patrick Rall on

We have been so busy focusing on the new Dodge Demon and the new Widebody package for the Hellcat Challenger that we nearly overlooked a new feature which will apply to all Hellcat cars for 2018 – the slick new 3D Hellcat fender badge, which made its grand debut on the Hellcat Challenger Widebody car.

The 2015-2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat featured the now-familiar Hellcat head badge on the front fenders — a solid piece with slightly raised chrome portions on a black background. During the 2015 and 2016 model years, those fender badges were the only Hellcat heads on the car, while the 2017 Hellcat Challenger and Charger also have the logo next to the SRT badge on the rear spoiler.

The 2018 Hellcat badges are getting their most significant changes, with another Hellcat head being added to the SRT badge on the grille, and a new look for the fender badges. They will not have the black background, opting for an open-back design which gives it more of a 3D look. Rather than the chrome finish, the 2018 Hellcat head has a billet aluminum finish (it is not actually metal), giving it a much tougher look.

In short, the 2018 Dodges take the design of the new Demon fender badge and apply it to the Hellcat fender badge. The result is a far more prominent badge that will stand out against any body color. Having seen these badges in person on the 2018 Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody shown here, I fully expect to see lots of owners of 2015-2017 Hellcat cars swapping for these badges – even if they paint them some other color rather than keeping the billet look.

The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody is expected to hit dealerships during the third quarter of 2017, so it shouldn’t be more than a few months before these badges are available through your local dealership.

Patrick Rall was raised a Mopar boy, spending years racing a Dodge Mirada while working his way through college. After spending a few years post-college in the tax accounting field, Patrick made the jump to the world of journalism and his work has been published in magazines and websites around the world.


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