From the 2019 Challenger Scat Pack Wide Body Package to the Hellcat to the Redeye Challenger? i.e. kicking up debris or rocks that does minor damage to body work?
Keeps car planted to the ground.
Gets power better to the ground so rear end tends to fish tail less/over steer?
Makes for a safer riding and more comfortable riding vehicle?
To me the wide body makes a very wide car even wider. That I think this is why when I was offered a WB Hellcat I declined and picked the standard width car. I kind of feel I made the right call. ('course, I would say that wouldn't I?)
Over a year later and with over 12K miles of experience now with my Hellcat I know it is already a pretty tight fit in, well, tight spaces, of which there are a lot, for example in parking lot drives/lanes, parking spaces, etc. In a lot of areas car lots/lanes/drives and spaces are designed for smaller cars. I'd hate to think what the WB would be like in these areas.
There is I guess some advantage/benefit to the wider tires the WB comes with. The regular Hellcat is under tired.
Still, not sure how much safer the wide body is. One could argue a near miss with a regular width car would turn into contact with the wider car thus the wider car has slightly worse odds when it comes to contact/collisions.
As for the tire issue, I know my Hellcat's limits and how these are affected by its tires so I don't exceed the grip offered by the tires, thus I don't feel unsafe in my Hellcat though of course I have to behave myself.
But this is true of any car: Even a much lower powered car can injure or even kill if one doesn't respect what 3000lbs+ of car can do if not driven in a safe and responsible manner.
The standard tires don't really impact how quickly the car can get moving. Sure, if one is measuring in hundredths of a second the wider tires almost certainly shave time off any part of an acceleration that could be affected by tire traction, but with my car even maintaining very little to zero rear tire spin the car still accelerates like a lightning bolt. For any thing other than I guess the track any extra acceleration offered by the WB wider tires would be like gilding the lily or painting gold.
The WB is substantially more expensive though in my case that didn't really factor into the decision. Mainly I recall thinking how wide the WB was.