Whereas a majority of automakers are wanting towards the longer term, Dodge is usually planted prior to now. That is a praise, by the way in which. After launching the retro-cool Challenger in 2008, Dodge has managed to maintain it contemporary greater than a decade later, and the most recent instance is this positively insane SRT Hellcat Redeye.
An absolute monster
The Redeye boasts the 6.2-liter, supercharged V8 from the Challenger Demon, mixed with a 2.7-liter supercharger — the most important manufacturing facility supercharger obtainable in a manufacturing automotive, producing 14.5 psi of increase. Fairly than the insane 840 horsepower of the Demon, the Redeye makes simply — simply! — 797, complemented by 707 pound-feet of torque. Two dual-stage gas pumps feed premium octane into that V8, and Dodge says you may drain the 18.5-gallon tank in simply 11 minutes should you run the automotive at full throttle. Insane.
Dodge says 60 miles per hour arrives in simply three.Four seconds, and you’ll rip off a quarter-mile time of 10.Eight seconds at a entice velocity of 131 mph. High velocity? 203 mph. In a Challenger. Critically.
A automotive with this potential for top velocity wants a particular brake setup. Large Brembo stoppers do the trick right here, with 15.Four-inch vented and slotted rotors up entrance, squeezed by six-piston calipers. Behind the rear wheels nestle 13.Eight-inch rotors, with four-piston calipers. However even with these beefy brakes, stopping the Redeye is not a sensitive affair. These brakes are highly effective, sure, however straightforward to modulate.
What most individuals will see of the Challenger Hellcat Redeye: the rear finish because it passes you at a billion miles an hour.
That mentioned, it isn’t straightforward to manhandle this massive boy round tight turns. My Redeye check automotive has the non-compulsory widebody package, which provides three.5 inches of width to the already large Challenger, and places 305/35-series tires in any respect 4 corners. The tires supply plenty of grip, however at Four,500 kilos, there’s a number of automotive to maneuver round.
The eight-speed computerized transmission does an ideal job of conserving the engine within the powerband, and the paddle shifters assist me really feel a bit extra linked to the expertise. Having eight gears ought to assist effectivity barely, however keep in mind, you are still coping with a automotive that is EPA-rated for 13 miles per gallon metropolis, 22 mpg freeway and 16 mpg mixed.
SRT drive modes allow you to management the ability supply, transmission settings, traction management and suspension stiffness, and I discover it greatest to make use of Sport mode, however preserve the steering in Observe for optimum heft. For those who do not want all 797 horsepower hitting you without delay, you may dilute the Redeye to supply a way more manageable 500.
After which, in fact, there’s the line-lock system, which retains the entrance brakes clamped securely so you may heat the rear tires (or simply do large burnouts, if that is your factor). If you wish to reap the benefits of launch management, go for the obtainable three.09:1 last drive ratio — it will cut back your high velocity barely, however come on, it isn’t such as you’re really going to have the ability to hit 203 mph wherever anyway.
Efficiency choices embrace the SRT Energy Chiller, which makes use of the in-cabin air conditioner to maintain the supercharger and air consumption temperatures in verify. Plus, the Redeye’s After-Run Chiller retains the coolant pump and engine followers operating after the automotive has shut off, all within the title of optimum temperatures.
So far as driving aids go, there aren’t many to talk of. I am glad a automotive this massive has blind-spot monitoring, however different niceties like adaptive cruise management are nowhere to be discovered.
All in, even at half-tilt, driving a Hellcat Redeye is like attaching a lit fuse to your shoe and attempting to outrun it. You will by no means, ever correctly exploit all the Redeye’s energy on public roads. And it is loud. Very loud. Very, very loud.
Roomy and techy
Inside, it is the identical previous Challenger. My tester has a number of consolation options, however they arrive with a value. The almost $1,700 Plus Bundle provides cooled entrance seats whereas an additional $1,800 wraps these seats in Laguna leather-based. Nonetheless, the Challenger is roomy and cozy with not-as-bad-as-a-Camaro visibility and a trunk with 16.2 cubic toes of area, beating out the tiny 9.1 cubes within the Camaro and the 13.5 cubes of the Mustang.
An Eight.Four-inch touchscreen is customary, operating Dodge’s wonderful Uconnect infotainment system. Laid out thoughtfully with an intuitiveness that’s lacking in lots of in-dash techniques, Uconnect is considered one of my favourite techniques. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are each customary, as is a Wi-Fi hotspot.
A brand new dual-snorkle hood retains the air flowing to that monster of an engine.
The onboard tech is geared for efficiency stats, with an entire slew of efficiency pages to trace your lap instances, temperatures and engine specs. I want Dodge would take a touch from GM and set up a efficiency information recorder, although. A forward-facing video recorder can be a stellar strategy to study from earlier lap traces.
I really like the Challenger Redeye. It is over-the-top and loud and brash, and I really like the way it makes me really feel like a complete badass. Even at my check automotive’s value of $88,855, I am getting 797 horsepower in an enormous, comfy cruiser — that is $90/horsepower, which is a fairly stable worth.
Would I be simply as proud of a 485-horsepower Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody with a six-speed handbook transmission? Positively. In reality, at beneath $50,000, the R/T Scat Pack is totally the V8-powered Challenger I would need to take dwelling.
The Challenger Redeye is nothing however overkill — however in the absolute best manner.