That coloration? It is known as Hellraisin.

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At this level, Dodge may promote the present Charger for one more decade and I do not assume anybody would thoughts. The corporate honed a easy however efficient technique of incrementally enhancing its hella-old full-size sedan with cool styling updates and the one factor all people loves: extra energy. Like, much more energy.

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You have already learn the headlines: The 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye hits the street with a frankly foolish 797 horsepower and 707 pound-feet of torque. It is absurd. It is superior. And with its normal launch management, it is severely fast. The Charger Redeye can speed up to 60 mph in proper round 3 seconds and it will prime out at a supercar-beating 203 mph. It is so dumb and I adore it.

Dodge’s 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat V8 is the star of the present, nestled beneath a redesigned hood that has a bigger chilly air scoop and two warmth extractor vents. The Redeye improve comes with Dodge’s Energy Reserve characteristic, which pre-pressurizes the consumption manifold for higher throttle response, in addition to the Energy Chiller, which makes use of air con refrigerant to assist cool the consumption air. It is a large engine in a giant automotive making large energy, and it is an absolute beast in motion. You’ll by no means, ever, ever need for ahead thrust within the Charger Redeye. The accountable grownup in me feels it is necessary to level out that it is borderline harmful to supply a 797-hp something to most of the people, however the laughing-his-ass-off fanatic in me simply says screw it, let’s go.

The Hellcat V8 works along side a superb eight-speed computerized transmission that is completely adept at protecting the engine buzzing within the coronary heart of its powerband (which, given the output, is principally all over the place). There are chintzy little half-paddles connected to the steering wheel do you have to really feel like shifting for your self, however these steel protrusions are hardly satisfying to make use of. Simply go away the transmission alone.

You possibly can customise a complete mess of efficiency settings to your liking, from the steering weight to suspension stiffness to transmission mapping and extra. You possibly can even inform the V8 to settle the hell down and prohibit its output to 500 hp, not like that basically makes a lot of a distinction within the grand scheme of issues. My most well-liked tune is to go away all the pieces in Avenue however put the steering in Sport, and naturally, go away the engine on full blast. This provides the wheel a bit extra weight with out feeling overly cumbersome, and retains the adaptive dampers smooth sufficient to make the Charger an actual peach on lengthy drives.

A spherical of applause for this cannonball of an engine.

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Truthfully, as a lot because the Charger Redeye is typecast as a grasp of straight-line shenanigans, it is shockingly succesful once you toss it round on a winding street. The Redeye will get the Widebody remedy, which provides 3.5 inches of extra monitor width and 50 further cool factors over a standard Charger. Extra importantly, this permits Dodge to suit meaty 305/35ZR20 tires in any respect 4 corners, although, weirdly, they’re all-season tires, not stickier summers.

The underlying feeling of “if I give it an excessive amount of gasoline popping out of a nook I’ll spin and crash in a ball of flames” by no means actually leaves you whereas hustling this 797-hp monster with two-decade-old underpinnings. However with nice energy comes nice duty, and the adaptive dampers and huge tires do a beautiful job of protecting issues copacetic in corners. There is a ton of suggestions by way of the steering wheel, too, so that you’re at all times conscious of how a lot grip is on the market always. I would not name the Redeye agile by any means, however it’s method much less of a raucous, bite-you-in-the-ass hellion than you may assume. Plus, it is bought two-piece, 15.7-inch entrance brakes from the wonderful of us at Brembo, which is fairly stable peace of thoughts.

I suppose I ought to point out gas economic system, despite the fact that it is irrelevant in any Hellcat-powered automotive. Precisely nobody is shopping for this factor with effectivity in thoughts, and that is factor, as a result of even the EPA rankings of 12 miles per gallon metropolis, 21 mpg freeway and 15 mpg mixed are a bit optimistic. Get used to seeing numbers within the low teenagers on the common. Do not forget concerning the $2,100 gasoline guzzler tax, both.

With Uconnect, even outdated tech is sweet tech.

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The entire Redeye improve is technically only a $8,600 possibility bundle on the usual Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody. You get all of the go-fast stuff in addition to a 220-mph speedometer and a few distinctive badges, however all the pieces else carries over unchanged from different Charger fashions. Colourful brake calipers and matte black roof and decklid remedies can be found as add-ons, however the one approach to actually inform a Redeye from lesser Hellcats is to identify the crimson eye contained in the Hellcat brand on the entrance fender. (Get it?!)

Meaning the Redeye’s inside is not any completely different than the bottom Hellcat, which itself is not rather more particular than the entry-level, V6-powered Chargers. Certain, you’ll be able to add issues like a carbon/suede inside bundle ($1,595), however there is no hiding the truth that this cabin is outdated. Actually outdated. You may largely discover low cost plastics on the door playing cards, and the buttons on the middle stack appear and feel just like the 20-year-old elements they’re. No less than these supportive entrance seats are endlessly comfortable, and so they come normal with heating and air flow. The rear seats are heated, too, although you may be shocked how little legroom there’s for a automotive this enormous.

Each Charger Hellcat will get the Uconnect infotainment suite, housed on an 8.4-inch display within the sprint, with normal Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. That is Fiat-Chrysler’s older multimedia software program, although, not the new-and-improved Uconnect 5. Nonetheless, this last-gen system has a ton of performance and the touchscreen rapidly responds to inputs. It is outdated tech, however at the least it is good tech.

Loud and proud.

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Driver-assistance applied sciences are few and much between. Blind-spot monitoring and cross-traffic detection are normal, however that is about it, and fashionable conveniences like adaptive cruise management aren’t out there. (You may discover the three useless buttons on the fitting aspect of the steering wheel the place these options needs to be.) Then once more, you purchase the Charger Redeye as a result of it makes 797 goddamn horsepower, not as a result of it’s going to do the heavy lifting for you.

The 2021 Charger Redeye prices $82,190 — that is $69,995 for the Hellcat Widebody, $8,600 for the Redeye improve, $2,100 for the gasoline guzzler tax and $1,495 for vacation spot. Throw on just a few extras and you may get one among these up over $90,000, however go simple on the choices and you’ll find yourself with a reasonably good automotive like my tester (that coloration is named Hellraisin, FYI) for $87,165.

Sure, that is a ton of cash for a Dodge Charger, however good luck getting this a lot energy for this little money from another automaker. Apart from, if Dodge has confirmed something over the previous few years, it is that individuals love these items, and the underside line actually does not matter. That “shut up and simply make it sooner” perspective is a uncommon factor within the automotive world nowadays, and one thing we should always embrace so long as we are able to. Flawed as it might be, I would not have the Charger Redeye another method.

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