Let’s face it, the identify “2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat” actually lacks size and gravitas, particularly for one thing with 707 horsepower. Fortunately, Dodge has rectified that scenario, including yet another phrase to the moniker—Redeye—whereas additionally pouring 90 extra horsepower into this four-door doom sled. Nonetheless, you needed to see this coming.
In spite of everything, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat offers a Redeye model (essentially the most highly effective iteration for the reason that demise of the Demon) and shouldn’t the mechanically comparable, four-door Charger sedan be prolonged the identical alternative? It’s additionally in line with the Dodge playbook of holding its comparatively aged lineup of vehicles recent by continually pumping them stuffed with ’roids. And so the 2021 Dodge Charger Redeye provides 797 horsepower and 707 lb-ft of torque from its 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V-8, all of which is shuttled to the rear wheels by way of an eight-speed automated transmission that’s acquired a beefier torque converter to deal with the better output.
Dodge chief Tim Kuniskis says this makes the Charger essentially the most highly effective and quickest mass-produced sedan on the planet, with a high velocity of 203 mph—all in a automotive that rides on a platform that dates to 2005. “The Charger is an enormous, snug, five-passenger sedan that may run the quarter-mile within the mid-10s and [from] zero to 60 within the mid-threes, attain a high velocity of 203 mph, and be your day by day driver,” Kuniskis mentioned. No matter its mechanical age, these occasions are not any joke for an enormous, factory-produced four-door.
The addition of the Redeye Charger was introduced at the side of the 707-hp, Hellcat-powered 2021 Durango three-row SUV and the 2021 Dodge Challenger Super Stock drag racer.
How Quick/Fast Is the Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye?
To be extra particular, Dodge engineers say the Charger Redeye will full the quarter mile in 10.6 seconds at 129 mph. By comparability, the Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody does the quarter-mile in a claimed 10.96 seconds at 125 mph.
The Redeye will get the widebody remedy as customary, which suggests built-in fender flares that add 3.5 inches of general girth to cowl fatter wheels and tires. The Charger’s new 20×11-inch Light-weight Carbon Black rollers are wrapped in Pirelli 305/35 all-season efficiency tires. Three-season tires are an possibility, though to extract most efficiency, homeowners could need to supply a set of devoted summer time meats. The SRT Energy Chiller, which lowers the consumption air temperature to assist enhance energy and ship constant efficiency, is customary as effectively. Additionally serving to the trigger is a bigger 2.7-liter supercharger versus the two.4-liter unit on the Charger SRT Hellcat. The Redeye additionally sees extra enhance strain (14.5 psi versus 11.6) and provides a 6,500-rpm rev limiter, up from 6,200.
Whereas the Redeye will cap the Charger lineup, the SRT Hellcat itself will get a little bit of an influence enhance to 717 horses for the 2021 mannequin 12 months—to lastly match the 10-hp enhance given to the Challenger Hellcat for 2019—due to shifting the shift factors larger within the rev vary, to six,100 rpm. Torque stands pat in that mannequin at 650 lb-ft.
New Efficiency Hood Completely Chugs Air
Each Hellcat fashions additionally get a brand new hood that pulls double responsibility in that it not solely appears extraordinarily bad-ass but additionally delivers extra air to a redesigned consumption field by a mail-slot opening. The brand new consumption additionally inhales by way of one other slot within the grille and a newly adopted opening close to the wheel-well liner. All of it provides as much as 18 p.c extra airflow, which after all equals extra energy. The 2 hellkitties even have customary adaptive dampers, Brembo brakes, launch management, a Demon-derived Torque Reserve characteristic that “prefills” the consumption for faster response throughout launches, line lock for tire-warming (and crowd-thrilling) burnouts, and SRT drive modes—all of the tech wanted for giant, burly velocity in a straight line with much less wheel hop.
As one may count on—after which instantly cease caring about—the Redeye is a thirsty little satan. At full throttle, the Charger Redeye will guzzle 1.43 gal/min of gasoline, sufficient to empty the tank in lower than 11 minutes. In regular freeway circumstances, it’s rated for 22 mpg mixed. Inside, the Redeye will get customary Laguna leather-based upholstery with Hellcat logos on the seats, whereas an Alcantara bundle provides microsuede all through. The newest Charger additionally will get a red-faced, 220-mph speedometer and Redeye logos on its key fobs (and fenders). A Carbon & Suede bundle brings carbon-fiber accents to the proceedings.
Sellers will open their order books for the 2021 lineup this fall, with deliveries slated to start out in early 2021. Along with the SRT Hellcats, the 2021 Charger is on the market with a 485-hp, 475-lb-ft 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 in the 392 Scat Pack and a 370-hp, 395-lb-ft 5.7-liter Hemi V-Eight within the R/T. A 3.6-liter V-6 stays the bottom engine possibility.
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