The 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye is a Demon in disguise

The current-generation Dodge Charger is a bit long in the tooth. Introduced in 2011, it’s already nine years old as of 2020, and some argue that the 2015 facelift didn’t bring notable improvements beyond the looks and some extra tech. But Dodge did offer an SRT Hellcat model, which proved that the old Charger is not yet ready to surrender. Now, the FCA-owned brand takes things up a notch with the SRT Hellcat Redeye. Basically a sedan version of the Challenger with the same name, the Charger finally gets some bits and pieces from the extreme Challenger Demon. Granted, it’s a full-fledged, drag-ready Demon, but it’s the most extreme current-generation Charger you can buy. And if that’s not enough for you, it’s also the most powerful and fastest sedan in the world!

The 2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is a widebody beast

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You can tell that the Hellcat Redeye is not a regular Charger by looking at its exterior. The car is fitted with a widebody kit as standard, so it’s 3.5 inches wider front and rear. The wheels and tires are also wider, and the car sits a bit lower, so it boasts an aggressive and planted stance. Up front, you can also spot a new "mail-slot" grille and a big scoop on the engine hood. These features not only provide more cooling air to the drivetrain but also make the car look downright sinister. The black-painted hood helps as well.

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The sedan's profile looks a bit more aggressive, too, mainly thanks to the notably wide wheel arches.

The Hellcat Redeye also sports black window trim and black Hellcat badges on the front fenders. The wheels feature a twin-five-spoke design unique to this car. The rear fascia is mostly identical to the standard Hellcat model, so it comes with a black spoiler wing, vertical outlets on each side of the bumper, and a black diffuser-like element. My only complaint here is that the Redeye doesn’t feature a quad exhaust layout.

The 2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is almost a Demon in disguise

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Dodge probably won't offer a Demon version of the Charger, but the Hellcat Redeye comes close.

Just like Challenger Hellcat Redeye, this beefed-up Charger borrows many features from the Demon, starting with the supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 engine.

Fitted with a 2.7-liter blower, the largest of any production car, the V-8 cranks out a massive 797 horsepower and 707 pound-feet of torque.

That’s an extra 80 horses and an additional 57 pound-feet compared to the Charger SRT Hellcat.

Does it make a difference? Well, Dodge hasn’t revealed a 0-to-60 mph sprint figure but says that the Redeye is 1.2 seconds faster than the Hellcat on its 2.1-mile testing road course.

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It’s also the quickest production Charger ever on the drag strip with a quarter-mile run of 10.6 seconds at 129 mph. Not quite as quick as the Challenger Demon, but definitely the quickest factory-built sedan. This benchmark makes the Redeye almost 0.4 seconds quicker than the Hellcat.

The Redeye’s official top speed rating is at 203 mph. This makes it not only faster than the regular Hellcat, rated at 196 mph, but also faster than any other sedan out there.

The V-8 mill mates to Dodge’s familiar TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic gearbox, but the unit has been upgraded to handle the extra power. The Redeye also comes with an upgraded torque converter that delivers an 18 percent increase in torque multiplication.

In all, the Redeye features 25 drivetrain upgrades compared to the Hellcat, including stronger connecting rods and pistons, a high-speed valve train, a new fuel injection system, and improved lubrication.
The 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Is Fastest and Most Powerful Sedan In the World Drivetrain
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The engine also features increased boost pressure, a higher rpm limit (6,500 vs. 6,200 rpm), a larger induction air box, and two dual-stage fuel pumps instead of one. The Redeye also borrows the Demon’s Power Chiller system, which diverts the air-conditioning refrigerant from the cabin to a chiller unit mounted by the low-temperature circuit coolant pump. The chilled coolant is then pumped to the heat exchangers in the supercharger to reduce heat and increase performance.

Race Cooldown is another feature taken from the Demon. An industry-first system, it keeps the engine’s cooling fan and low-temperature circuit coolant pump running after you shut it down in order to lower the supercharger/charge air cooler temperature. This feature comes in handy if you race your Charger at the drag strip, as you can monitor supercharger temperature before you can make a high-speed run.

The 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye is the most expensive Charger ever

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Dodge has yet to release pricing information for the Redeye, but it’s safe to assume that it will cost more than the SRT Hellcat Widebody. The latter comes in at $72,095, so the Redeye will fetch more than $80,000 before options. If the almost $12,000 difference between the Challenger Hellcat Widebody and Challenger Redeye Widebody remains in place for the Charger, the Redeye sedan could actually cost as much as $84,000.

Ciprian Florea
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Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession.  Read More
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