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2021 Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye - Driven

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  • Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye - Driven
  • Year:
    2021
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  • Engine:
    V8
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    797
  • Torque @ RPM:
    707
  • Displacement:
    6.2 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3.5 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    203 mph
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The range-topping Charger has a lot of good points and a few bad

The current Dodge Charger has been on the market since 2011 and, while it is getting a little long in the tooth, Dodge has continuously found ways to keep it interesting. It didn’t go so far as to make a Charger Demon to match the widely loved Challenger Demon, but it certainly came close with the car you see here – the Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye – a 797-horsepower monster of a car that’s capable of standing down some of the world’s finest sports cars with nothing but some good old fashioned American muscle. Being such a powerful sedan, we’ve been curious about just what it can offer and whether or not near-800 horsepower puts it out family car segment altogether. We got to spend a week with it, and this is what we’ve learned.

 

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The 'Hellucination' Is A Custom, All-Carbon Dodge Charger That Stays Faithful To The Original

The ’Hellucination’ Is A Custom, All-Carbon Dodge Charger That Stays Faithful To The Original

Built by SpeedKore Performance, this modern take on a classic packs some top-drawer hardware and 1000 horsepower

American resto-mod gurus Speedkore have unleashed all of their expertise and ingenuity to create yet another classic Charger. Dubbed the ’Hellucination’ , this bespoke build derives its name courtesy of the 7.0-liter Dodge V8 Helephant engine that puts out a whopping 1000 horsepower. The car was designed and built for Stellantis Design chief, Ralph Gilles, who has finally realized his dream build.

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Here's Why The Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye Jailbreak Is A Better Muscle Car Than The Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing

Here’s Why The Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye Jailbreak Is A Better Muscle Car Than The Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing

While the CT5-V Blackwing is a sophisticated luxury sedan that wants to run with the German premium trio, the Charger Jailbreak is an old-school middle finger to European luxury

When it comes to high-performance, four-door sedans, it’s usually the Germans everyone is looking to. However, there are two American propositions that manage to combine four-door practicality, with big supercharged V-8s – the Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye Jailbreak and the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing. Both celebrate the end of a glorious era of thirsty, supercharged V-8s, but while the Cadillac wants to be a well-dressed gentleman with a hidden dark side, the Dodge wants to be an unapologetic, tank top-wearing, beer-drinking maniac, full-time. Here are a few reasons why the Hellcat Redeye Jailbreak may be the better muscle car.

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This 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona Is Beyond Special

This 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona Is Beyond Special

It’s said to be just one of 22 thanks to its extensive list of options

The Dodge Charger Daytona was basically a homologation special that Dodge was forced to build so that it could compete in NASCAR. Despite its slightly off appearance, that massive rear wing and the nosecone were so effective that it was quickly banned from racing, but not before it racked up a handful of wins, of course. The car you see here is just one of 70 examples that were built in 1969 with the 426 Hemi V-8, but that’s not where this car’s claim to rarity ends.

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American Police Interceptor On The Unrestricted Autobahn

American Police Interceptor On The Unrestricted Autobahn

The German Polizei was never gonna come after this Dodge Charger Pursuit for going flat out a.k.a SCHNELL because triple-digit speeds are totally legal in Deutschland (for the most part)

This is a video by Max who runs ’TopSpeed Germany’, (not related to TopSpeed.com, but I guess we share the same passion for speed) maxed out a 2012 Dodge Charger R/T out on the Autobahn. This wasn’t any old Charger, but one that appears to be a used Police Interceptor.

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Police Charger Goes After A Hellcat Redeye

Police Charger Goes After A Hellcat Redeye

This was, of course, within the safe confines of a drag strip

You’ve probably seen those police car pursuits on TV where there’s some daredevil burning rubber down the Interstate with a dozen or so highway patrol units on his or her tail. While they can be great fun to watch, some people risk their own lives and also of those around them, just to get an adrenalin rush, that is the last thing you want to do.

This is why authorities organize ’Take It To The Track’ events at local drag strips, where you can experience that same thrill, within the safe confines of a drag strip. The cops will even turn the lights on for you and everything. Here’s revisiting an old video by Wheels when a state trooper Charger took on a couple of Hellcats at the Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado.

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Evenly Matched Stick Shift Cars? '68 Charger 440 Magnum Takes On '65 GTO Tri-Power

Evenly Matched Stick Shift Cars? ’68 Charger 440 Magnum Takes On ’65 GTO Tri-Power

Now although the Charger is lighter and packs more power, the GTO is no slouch either as the two cars punch super close 1/4 times

Here’s taking a look at yet another stock race between two classic legends of the Muscle car world. This video of a face-off between a 1968 Charger R/T and a 1965 GTO Tri-Power, from Road Test TV dates back to 2015, but the race itself, well it remains timeless doesn’t it? It went down at the annual PSMCDR event at the Mid-Michigan Motorplex park up in Stanton.

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Modern Demon vs Old School Charger; You Don't Want To Miss This One

Modern Demon vs Old School Charger; You Don’t Want To Miss This One

Two of the most iconic models in the Dodge lineup head to the drag strip

If you’re a Mopar fan, I don’t think it can get any better than this one can it now? Demon and Charger are two of the most iconic names in Dodge’s history and this video by Wheels shows them in a head-to-head. I wish I knew what the numbers were though, especially on the classic muscle car here, but since they weren’t available, I’ll quickly run you through the baseline figures on both cars.

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This Mid-Engined, Hellcat-Powered 1968 Dodge Charger Is a Perfect Replica of Dom's Charger in Fast and Furious 9

This Mid-Engined, Hellcat-Powered 1968 Dodge Charger Is a Perfect Replica of Dom’s Charger in Fast and Furious 9

This one-off, mid-engined Charger is a cool replica, and it’s even road-legal!

The restomod company, SpeedKore just made a one-off 1968 Dodge Charger based on Dom’s Charger in Fast 9. The vehicle’s official name is "Hellacious," and it is very fitting, indeed.

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Shaquille O'Neal Rings In His 50th Birthday With This Ridonkulous Dodge Charger Hellcat!

Shaquille O’Neal Rings In His 50th Birthday With This Ridonkulous Dodge Charger Hellcat!

The NBA legend gifts himself a highly customized Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat for his 50th birthday

Shaquille O’Neal turned 50 a couple of days back, and he decided to gift himself a special car to mark the milestone. Shaq picked a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to satisfy his adrenaline cravings, but it is fat from stock in terms of aesthetics. The NBA legend had it customized heavily and the car screams for attention. Do you like it?

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OLD is GOLD: Can A Modern-day Charger Deny Victory To A 70s GTO Judge?

OLD is GOLD: Can A Modern-day Charger Deny Victory To A 70s GTO Judge?

In yet another old-school vs modern muscle car face-off, we see two American thoroughbreds go head-to-head

Old school vs modern showdowns seem to be incredibly popular with you lot. So, here’s another one where you’ll see a modern-day Dodge Charger Scat Pack take on an old-school 1970s Pontiac GTO Judge. But, before that happens, let’s look at the numbers to see how these two American thoroughbreds stack up.

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American Muscle vs German Muscle: The 392 HEMI Eats This Mercedes E53 AMG For Dinner

American Muscle vs German Muscle: The 392 HEMI Eats This Mercedes E53 AMG For Dinner

The Dodge costs about half the base price of the Mercedes and still dominates for flat-out pace

Now, we here at TopSpeed or no stranger to Sam Carlegion. We regularly feature drag races from his YouTube channel. This time was no different as you join us at dusk, where we saw good old American muscle taking on one of the best performance nameplates in the industry. The Mercedes E53 AMG. Let’s see how things pan out, but before that, here are the numbers.

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Watch The Ford Fusion Sport Destroy a Dodge Charger On The Drag Strip

Watch The Ford Fusion Sport Destroy a Dodge Charger On The Drag Strip

This race proves that a Dodge Charger without a Hemi V-8 isn’t worth much on a drag strip. Especially, when it races a turbocharged, AWD Ford Fusion Sport

It’s always interesting to see how two stock or mildly modified vehicles stack up against one another in a drag race. Our fellow Canadian car enthusiast, Sam CarLegion has gathered two entry-level sedans with V-6 engines in order to find out who’s quickest. We have a Dodge Charger on one side and a Ford Fusion on the other. Both vehicles have all-wheel drive and V-6 engines, but that’s where the similarities end.

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Dodge Charger 392 Scat Pack Races Mercedes C43 AMG In An Unusually Close Drag Race

Dodge Charger 392 Scat Pack Races Mercedes C43 AMG In An Unusually Close Drag Race

Watch a Dodge Charger 392 and an AMG C43 throw down at the drag stripe like they’ve got old business

Everyone knows, high-horsepower builds are insanely fast in a straight line, but seeing two stock vehicles run on the drag strip is just as interesting. Sam CarLegion provides us with another YouTube video and this time, it’s the Dodge Charger 392 Scat Pack versus the Mercedes C43 AMG. The two cars are very different, with the only thing in common being their sedan body style. While there can only be one winner, some of the races were quite close.

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Take A Ride In The 1,650 Hp, Fast And Furious 9 Dodge Charger Tantrum

Take A Ride In The 1,650 Hp, Fast And Furious 9 Dodge Charger Tantrum

Vin Diesel’s 1970 Dodge Charger Tantrum Is a Tire-Shredding, 1,650-Horsepower Muscle Car With Insane Attention To Detail

When we talk about classic muscle cars, the Dodge Charger is considered one of the ultimate. The car’s iconic status has prompted many custom shops to build reimagined versions of the mighty MOPAR, but one of the most unique builds has to be this 1970 Dodge Charger pro-touring car, featured in 2021 Fast and Furious 9. AutotopiaLA takes us on a tour of what is, arguably, one of the most unique MOPARs, ever built.

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1969 Dodge Charger CAPTIV by Ring Brothers

1969 Dodge Charger CAPTIV by Ring Brothers

The 1969 Dodge Charger CAPTIV is the latest Ringbrothers creation, which started life in New Zealand

Dodge Charger is one of the most coveted muscle cars ever made. Like other iconic muscle cars, the mighty MOPAR has been immortalized in cinema, with movies like “Bullit”, “Deathproof”, “Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry”, and many others. But there’s another way of immortalizing an automotive icon – by reimagining it. When it comes to that, the Ringbrothers are masters at building restomods, and they just came up with a one-off, 1969 Dodge Charger that they built for a special client.

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1969 Dodge Charger Captiv by Ringbrothers Makes A Great Car Even Better

1969 Dodge Charger Captiv by Ringbrothers Makes A Great Car Even Better

707 horsepower sounds a lot more appropriate for a muscle car!

The 1969 Dodge Charger is probably one of the most loved Chargers of all time. Of course, this is mostly due to "The Dukes of Hazzard" TV series that featured an orange painted 1969 Charger named "The General Lee." However, truth be told, the 1969 Charger is one of the best Chargers you can get. It was offered with a wide range of engines, starting with 383 and up to 426 HEMI that delivered 425 horsepower. This particular engine made the customers go wild!

Now, Ringbrothers is offering a one-off 1969 Dodge Charger "Captiv" equipped with a Hellcat supercharged V-8 engine that delivers a total of 707 horsepower.

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The Coolest Cars in the World

The Coolest Cars in the World

Here’s a list of some of the coolest cars of 2021

If you are in the market for a car, you will be surprised at the number of offerings you get in every single segment. Right from your Nissan Versa to a Ferrari F8 Tributo; there is competition in every segment. Whether you’re into classic cars, imported models or luxury items, you will be spoilt for choices. But, not every car you see is a cool one. There are a number of factors in determining whether a car is cool or not. There’s the exterior, the interior, the performance, and most importantly, it’s every individual’s opinion. You may or may not agree with some of the entries here, but here’s a look at the coolest cars of 2021.

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What Do You Think Happens When An 800-Horsepower Dodge Charger Takes On An AWD AMG E 63S Wagon?

What Do You Think Happens When An 800-Horsepower Dodge Charger Takes On An AWD AMG E 63S Wagon?

Watch a Dodge Charger Redeye Widebody go up against a Mercedes-AMG E63 S in a series of races

What happens when an insanely powerful muscle car decides to take on a performance-oriented grocery-getter? Well, all hell breaks loose! Sam from ‘Sam CarLegion’ pits a Dodge Charger Redeye Widebody against a Mercedes-AMG E63 Son a drag strip to see how they perform. Both the vehicles have very different characteristics. One is a car that lives to scare the crap out of you and has the potential to make you pee your pants, whereas the other is Mr. Rogers injected with a dose of steroids. Which car do you have your bets on?

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2022 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody Jailbreak

2022 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody Jailbreak

A few extra exterior colors and new features, plus an extra 10 horsepower should keep customers happy for a while

Next to the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody Jailbreak, Dodge is applying the same "Jailbreak" treatment to the Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody. Both models will be on display at the 2021 Los Angeles Auto Show and will on sale toward the end of 2021. The new "Jailbreak" packages was priced at $995.

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To Hell with Emissions - Dodge Brings Back the Direct Connection Performance Program

To Hell with Emissions - Dodge Brings Back the Direct Connection Performance Program

Dodge’s plans for the next two years are freaking amazing

Over the last decade, Dodge has been giving us all sorts of high-performance cars, based on the Challenger and Charger models. And while one of their most iconic models – the Dodge Viper – was retired a few years ago, Dodge wants to make up for it, by reviving an old performance program. It’s called Direct Connection and here’s what you can expect from it.

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2022 Dodge Challenger And Charger HEMI® Orange Pack

2022 Dodge Challenger And Charger HEMI® Orange Pack

A little bit of orange contrasting paint will completely change the look of a muscle car

Not sure about you, but in our opinion black and orange is the perfect combination of colors on a sports car. And what better time to launch a special edition Charger and Challenger using the exact black and orange theme if not Halloween?

The new HEMI® Orange appearance package will be offered for the 2022 Dodge Charger and Challenger GT RWD and Scat Pack Widebody models and will have a price of $2,995 for GT RWD models and $1,500 for Scat Pack Widebody models.

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2022 Dodge Charger And Challenger SRT Black Package

2022 Dodge Charger And Challenger SRT Black Package

Making your muscle car just a little darker for the sake of being dark

In the same time with the launch of the HEMI® Orange Pack, Dodge also launched the SRT Black package for the Charger and the Challenger. The new package will be offered for the SRT Hellcat and SRT Hellcat Redeye models and will be priced at $695.

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Is This 2JZ-Swapped Dodge Charger The Ultimate Act Of Sacrilege?

Is This 2JZ-Swapped Dodge Charger The Ultimate Act Of Sacrilege?

Mike Finnegan from Roadkill has put a 2JZ GTE in a 1968 Dodge Charger. It’s one of the most outrageous builds ever done

We are all familiar with the tuning potential of the 2JZ engine, which makes it one of the more popular engine swaps. That said, there are certain boundaries one should not be crossing. This is exactly what Mike Finnegan, from Finnegan’s Garage YouTube channel, did, as he took the rustiest 1968 Dodge Charger and put a 2JZ GTE engine in it. While it’s up for debate whether that’s worse than putting an LS into it (at least it’s a V-8) some MOPAR fans are sure to blow a fuse or two over Finnegan’s build.

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Ram 1500 TRX vs Dodge Charger Hellcat: This Intra-Family Feud Has Us Hyped

Ram 1500 TRX vs Dodge Charger Hellcat: This Intra-Family Feud Has Us Hyped

The TRX and the Charger share the same V-8 Hellcat engine, but the latter makes more power and is lighter

The folks at The Fast Lane Truck took the Ram 1500 TRX and the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody to a drag strip for a couple of races. Both these Stellantis products are absolute beasts and churn out almost 1,500 horses and 1,350 pound-feet of torque combined. On paper, the Charger holds the edge over the TRX. But, can it be replicated on the race strip, or will the TRX get the bragging rights?

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SpeedKore's Dodge Charger Hellraiser Is Built For Kevin Hart

SpeedKore’s Dodge Charger Hellraiser Is Built For Kevin Hart

Be afraid, be very afraid

It has been a while since we last heard about SpeedKore and in a way, the whole waiting paid off. The Wisconsin-based custom shop that used to delight our eyes at SEMA has been brewing something over the past months and now it is finally out. Meet the SpeedKore Dodge Charger Hellraiser built specifically for comedian and actor Kevin Hart.

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2021 Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye - Driven

2021 Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye - Driven

The range-topping Charger has a lot of good points and a few bad

The current Dodge Charger has been on the market since 2011 and, while it is getting a little long in the tooth, Dodge has continuously found ways to keep it interesting. It didn’t go so far as to make a Charger Demon to match the widely loved Challenger Demon, but it certainly came close with the car you see here – the Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye – a 797-horsepower monster of a car that’s capable of standing down some of the world’s finest sports cars with nothing but some good old fashioned American muscle. Being such a powerful sedan, we’ve been curious about just what it can offer and whether or not near-800 horsepower puts it out family car segment altogether. We got to spend a week with it, and this is what we’ve learned.

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We're Pretty Sure This Dumb Dodge Charger Driver is a Former Ford Mustang Driver

We’re Pretty Sure This Dumb Dodge Charger Driver is a Former Ford Mustang Driver

Point of emphasis: don’t do burnouts if you don’t know how to pull them off

Stupid drivers know no bounds, and they certainly don’t favor one muscle car over another. Take this nincompoop, for example. Driving a camouflaged Dodge Charger SRT 392 at a car gathering in Houston, the driver decides to demonstrate his burnout skills in front of a gathered crowd.

That kind of stunt normally ends in one of two ways. He either pulls off the burnout to the delight of the adoring crowd or something goes horribly wrong and he’s left with more than pee down his trousers. Unfortunately, it’s the latter. Just as he attempts his burnout, the driver loses control of the Charger SRT 392 and crashes into a gathered crowd, taking a few bystanders along the way. Fortunately, no one got seriously hurt, and to the delight of Ford, it wasn’t a Mustang that ended up being on the short end of this YouTube lowlight.

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1966 Dodge Charger

1966 Dodge Charger

The original Charger that started a phenomenon

The Dodge Charger was Chrysler Corporation’s more luxurious response to the Mustang, billed as a mid-size fastback coupe similar in size and shape to the AMC Marlin. It was based on the Coronet but shared none of its visuals and spawned a number of super quick versions that tortured just about any early Mustangs.

The year was 1966 when Dodge finally joined the fastback muscle car party with the Charger. It was based on the B-body platform and was previewed in an ad that ran during that year’s Rose Bowl which talked about the new "Leader of the Dodge Rebellion."

The original Charger was a more refined coupe sitting just under the personal luxury category dominated by Ford’s T-Bird. That’s why performance wasn’t paramount from the get-go although the 426 Hemi engine was duly available. Also, Dodge quickly put the Charger on the track in the Nascar series, the car winning the 1966 NASCAR Grand National championship with driver David Pearson.

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2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye

2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye

The Demon-inspired Charger Hellcat Redeye is the quickest and most powerful sedan you can buy

The 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye is the range-topping version of Charger four-door sedan lineup. An upgrade to the more familiar Charger SRT Hellcat, the Redeye borrows its looks, drivetrain, and technology from the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye. And just like the coupe, the sedan includes drivetrain components from the Challenger SRT Demon. Since there won’t be a Demon version of the Charger, the 2021 SRT Hellcat Redeye is the most powerful version of the American sedan. What’s more, it’s also the fastest and most powerful mass-produced sedan in the world. Let’s find out more about it in the review below.

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The 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Is Fastest and Most Powerful Sedan In the World

The 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Is Fastest and Most Powerful Sedan In the World

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!

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2020 Dodge Charger 392 Scat Pack Widebody - Driven

2020 Dodge Charger 392 Scat Pack Widebody - Driven

Dodge’s mid-performance muscle car fits perfectly between the Hellcat and R/T trim levels

The demand for sedans – and cars in general, for that matter – has been plummeting for some now, and a lot of automakers have started to or completely withdrawn from the segment altogether. As of now, you’d be hard pressed to find a performance sedan outside of the Dodge Charger, without looking to German- or Japanese-built cars, and even then, a big chunk of those fall into the luxury category. This week, we were treated to a week’s worth of driving the 2020 Dodge Charger Scat Pack Widebody, and it got us to thinking – without any real homegrown competition, does this car have what it takes to compete with mid-performance offerings from Germany? Well, it’s a tough call, and there’s a lot to take into consideration, so as we dive into our experience with the Charger Scat Pack Widebody, we’re going to explore just how it stacks up against its closest German competitors, the BMW M340i and the Mercedes-AMG C43 sedan.

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Odd Car for Sale: 2013 Dodge Challenger Custom "Daytona" Coupe

Odd Car for Sale: 2013 Dodge Challenger Custom "Daytona" Coupe

The modern Daytona that Dodge never built

Produced for a short time in 1969, the Dodge Charger Daytona was a radical, aerodynamic version of the iconic muscle car developed specifically for NASCAR racing. Because competition rules required a run of road-legal cars to be produced for homologation, the Charger Daytona made it on public roads to become one of the most valuable cars of the golden muscle car era. The Daytona made five comebacks to the market, the most recent one in 2020, but none of the modern renditions were as radical as the original car. But someone decided to fix that by creating an aerodynamic Daytona model using the Dodge Challenger as a base. And you can buy it online via Barrett-Jackson.

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Which Is Quicker? A Chevy C8 Corvette or a Dodge Charger Hellcat?

Which Is Quicker? A Chevy C8 Corvette or a Dodge Charger Hellcat?

The answer has a lot to do with weight and traction

They say power is nothing without control and what better field to test that out than the performance car arena? As you’re about to see in this C8 Corvette versus Charger Hellcat skirmish, packing a bucketload of horsepower doesn’t stand a chance in front of less power complemented by less weight, better grip, and sharper aerodynamics.

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Vin Diesel's Fast and Furious 1970 Dodge Charger R/T Is Now a Lego Technic Set

Vin Diesel’s Fast and Furious 1970 Dodge Charger R/T Is Now a Lego Technic Set

The perfect muscle car to hoon in isolation

Here’s another reason for Fast and Furious fans to jump for joy. The franchise teamed up with Lego to build Dom Toretto’s Charger and the end result is just as smashing as the Fast and Furious muscle car. Plus, given the whole coronavirus isolation thing going on globally, getting the set will offer a massive boost for any gearhead’s morale these days.

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The New Batmobile Is the Lovechild of a DeTomaso Mangusta and a '69 Dodge Charger

The New Batmobile Is the Lovechild of a DeTomaso Mangusta and a ’69 Dodge Charger

We’ll miss the Tumbler but this looks simply awesome

We’ve got to hand it to you, Robert Pattinson aka the new Batman just got handed a sweet-ass ride. The car itself is a huge step from the puny Volvo C30 he used to drive as Edward in Twilight, but that aside, we are intrigued as to what sort of base was used to create it.

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2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody – Driven

2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody – Driven

Of all the American Muscle Cars on the Market, the SRT Hellcat Widebody stands out with impressive power and four doors.

These days, the “Hellcat” name is synonymous with power, and that holds true with the Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody. Much like the standard Hellcat, this Charger sits in a very small bubble that includes cars like the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, Chevy Corvette Stingray, and even the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye. It’s the unique, four-door configuration that really made the Charger Hellcat stand out, and the widebody model takes that to the next level. Make no mistake, the Widebody charger isn’t just an aesthetic package, and we got to experience just what it has to offer. This is what our week-long experience with 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody was like.

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Dodge Is Changing the Challenger and Charger Splitter Guards From Yellow to Pink

Dodge Is Changing the Challenger and Charger Splitter Guards From Yellow to Pink

Desperate times call for desperate measures, we guess

You could argue that the success behind Dodge’s current-generation Challenger (but also Charger) has a lot to do with the bulky, squarish muscle shape that you simply can’t go wrong with. There are owners, however, who thought the Challenger and the Charger needed a little design spicing… with splitter guards.

More precisely, a lot of owners choose not to remove those protective bits of plastic found on the cars’ splitters during delivery. And the fact that they’re painted in bright yellow makes them quite visible and in-your-face, standing out quite obnoxiously. We guess some people crave that sort of attention.

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If This Hint Is Real, The Dodge Charger and Challenger Will Live to Be 15 Years Old

If This Hint Is Real, The Dodge Charger and Challenger Will Live to Be 15 Years Old

At this point, should we wish them happy birthday or… happy retirement?

Let’s not hide from the fact that both the outgoing Dodge Challenger and the Charger are old-boned cars by now. Sure, they’ve managed to carve a path of their own, and let’s also remember that the Charger is the best selling full-size sedan in the States, while the Challenger just snatched the sales crown from the Mustang and the Camaro. However, a possible Easter egg might suggest that they might be getting a new generation in 2023.

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The Top Muscle Cars of the 60s and 70s

The Top Muscle Cars of the 60s and 70s

The early 60s all the way up to the 70s was a golden age for the American automotive industry if only for the simple fact that muscle cars were growing not just in number, but in overall stature. The muscle car arms race of the that time yielded plenty of options for customers looking for more power and metal-twisting torque from these vehicles. And the models only grew in popularity as more and more people began clamoring for the biggest, baddest, and most powerful machines.

The general appeal these muscle cars offered to the growing American car culture of the time was the opportunity to own powerful cars that could be used for drag racing while also keeping costs at bay. At that time, a number of brands began developing their own models, including legendary names like the Ford Mustang, the Chevrolet Camaro, the Plymouth Barracuda, the Pontiac Trans-Am, and the Dodge Charger, to name a few.

While the golden age of American muscle was limited to parts of these two decades, the industry has enjoyed a renaissance of sorts in recent years. It’s not going to compare to the 60s or the 70s, but as proven by customer clamoring, the culture of American muscle cars is far from bearing its last legs.

To pay tribute to the time where muscle was king of the road - and the drag strip - we have compiled a list of the 10 most memorable muscle cars of the golden age.

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Vin Diesel Gives Us a Sneak Peak at the Dodge Charger from Fast 9

Vin Diesel Gives Us a Sneak Peak at the Dodge Charger from Fast 9

It’s actually a heavily customized Dodge Charger that looks like it’s ready to fly from one building to another

Fast & Furious 9 is hitting theaters on May 20, 2020. That’s literally eight months from today. At this point, the production of the movie is in full swing — it’s now in its 13th week — and, according to a video posted by Vin Diesel on his Instagram account, it appears that we should brace ourselves for a #202020 hashtag at some point in the movie’s publicity tour.

After all, the franchise will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year, so the hashtag pretty much writes itself. Notwithstanding that little nugget, the Instagram video also revealed one of the most important stars of Fast 9. It’s not Vin Diesel or Michelle Rodriguez. It’s the heavily customized Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat that Diesel will be driving in the movie.

One look at the Charger in the video and you’ll know that it’s not your typical Dodge sports car. That’s one of the great things about the Fast and Furious franchise. Imaginations can run wild in all facets of the movie, and that extends to the actual cars that you’ll see in it.

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Pikes Peak Dodge Will Climb to the Heavens with the 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Concept

Pikes Peak Dodge Will Climb to the Heavens with the 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Concept

It is expected to get more than the 707 horses that come as standard

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is not just an event; it’s a festival. Sounds clichéd, but it’s true. It has been the second-longest running race in the States in terms of racing tradition, the 2019 Edition being the 97th Pikes Peak Climb. It is not just about speed here, but it’s about the physical and mental endurance a driver goes through to complete the climb. Nevertheless, it attracts a lot of attention every year and this year is no exception. Arguably, the most exciting thing about this year’s Pikes Peak Hill Climb is Dodge’s entry to the summit. If you are a Dodge fan, you might have guessed it already. The automaker is bringing its latest creation - the 2020 Dodge Charger Hellcat Widebody.

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2019 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Octane Edition

2019 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Octane Edition

The Charger in this stunning package is a limited edition model

If there’s anything sexier than a Dodge Charger, it is a Dodge Charger equipped with even more fierce-looking equipment. Earlier this week, Dodge announced the 2019 Charger SRT HellcatOctane Edition that is available in two shades - Pitch Black and White Knuckle. My favorite, of course, being the darker one. The Octane Edition is purely cosmetic and does not add any extra power to the beast. But, when you have over 700 ponies under the hood, you don’t really need to tweak the car mechanically.

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2020 Dodge Charger Stars & Stripes Edition

2020 Dodge Charger Stars & Stripes Edition

For all those who bravely serve or have served in the U.S. armed forces, Dodge wants all of you to know it appreciates your service

Dodge has always prided itself as a company that holds a special place in the hearts of the brave men and women who serve or have served the U.S. armed forces. This isn’t whimsical hyperbole, either. An mTab survey revealed that the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger are leading buys among cars in their segments. They are go-to purchases for active-duty service personnel who want to enjoy the freedom of driving on the open road, the very same freedom that they protect while on-duty in the military. It comes as no surprise, then, that Dodge is celebrating its place in the hearts of American troops by offering a special edition appearance package, appropriately called the “Stars and Stripes Edition.” The new Stars and Stripes package will headline Dodge’s booth at the 2019 New York International Auto Show, which opens its doors next week. From there, the package will be available for ordering in May at an add-on price of $1,995.

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2019 Dodge Charger

2019 Dodge Charger

The attention-seeker now comes with a heritage color to match its aura

Dodge vehicles have always been known for their bold, in-your-face looks. To spice things up a little, Dodge has decided to bring back the lime green color that was seen on almost all the Dodge cars in the 1970s, and it’ll do so at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. With the 2020 Ford Shelby GT500 and the Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE being in the news lately, is this a move out of desperation? Perhaps, Dodge has taken up the ’challenge’ to ’charge’ its range. Bad pun, eh?

Update 02/14/2019: We’ve updated this review with images and video of the lime green 2019 Dodge Charger taken at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. Check them out for yourself in the gallery at the bottom of this page!

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One of Dodge's Most Iconic Paint Colors is Making a Comeback at the Chicago Auto Show

One of Dodge’s Most Iconic Paint Colors is Making a Comeback at the Chicago Auto Show

Sublime Green hasn’t been used as a factory color option since 1970

Don’t expect to see a new Dodge Challenger or even a new Dodge Charger at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. But Dodge is bringing a Challenger and a Charger to the Windy City anyway; it’s just that the headline act isn’t either of the two performance cars. It’s the paint they’re wearing, which Dodge calls “Sublime.” The importance of the paint scheme shouldn’t come as a surprise to those who remember it. The Sublime finish is arguably one of the most iconic paint colors that the Challenger and Charger have worn in their respective lifetimes. 2015 was the last time Dodge offered it on the Challenger, and we haven’t seen the Charger sport it since 2007. Now it’s back, and, according to Dodge, it’s available as a factory color option across the entire range of Challenger and Charger models.

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2018 Dodge Super Charger Concept

2018 Dodge Super Charger Concept

Powered by the most powerful crate engine yet!

The Dodge Super Charger is a concept car that marks the 50th anniversary of the second-generation Charger, produced for the 1968 to 1970 model years. Unveiled at the 2018 SEMA Show, the Super Charger is a restomod that combines the design of the original Dodge Charger with modern parts from Mopar and the Challenger SRT Hellcat and Demon. More importantly, it showcases a new Hemi V-8 engine that cranks out an incredible 1,000 horsepower.

The big news here is that the 7.0-liter mill is a crate engine that you’ll be able to buy from FCA starting in 2019. The Super Charger was created specifically for the massive mill, which was dubbed Hellephant as a tribute to the original Mopar 426 Hemi engine, nicknamed Elephant due to its size and power. Obviously, Hellephant combined both the classic Elephant and the modern Hellcat monikers. The Hellephant is also the first 1,000-horsepower crate engine offered by an OEM carmaker.

Continue reading to learn more about the Dodge Super Charger concept.

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2018 Dodge Charger Evolution

2018 Dodge Charger Evolution

The very same ”I’ll kill you if you touch me” attitude from the ‘70s with a powerful engine

Wisconsin-based Speedkore is the same performance company that built an absurd 1,650-horsepower Dodge a few years back. It was seen in the Fast and Furious movie as well. This time around, they’ve built a more balanced, calmer version of the same Dodge Charger and moniker’d it as the ‘Evolution.’ The Evolution packs half the power of its predecessor, but has more utility. Speedkore claims that the Evolution represents “the most advanced 1970 Dodge Charger” anywhere on the globe, which may actually be true. Speedkore is known to play with carbon fiber and has used its skills on this beast as well. Despite the heavy engines and strong body, the company has built a muscle car that weighs just about 3,200 pounds - that’s anywhere between 228- and 638-pounds lighter than the original 1970 Dodge Charger!

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Mopar Drops 1,000-Horsepower Crate Engine Bombshell at SEMA 2018

Mopar Drops 1,000-Horsepower Crate Engine Bombshell at SEMA 2018

New “Hellephant” engine debuts alongside stunning new 1968 Dodge Super Charger Concept

Following a number of teasers in the run-up to the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas, the speed gurus from Mopar, FCA’s in-house performance group, pulled the sheets on a brand-new, utterly custom Dodge Charger concept car, and with it, a new crate engine that puts last year’s “Hellcrate” package to shame.

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8 Best All-Wheel-Drive Sedans of 2018 Under $35,000

8 Best All-Wheel-Drive Sedans of 2018 Under $35,000

You’re going to have a difficult time picking one from the others

There are no clear favorites when choosing the best all-wheel-drive sedan under $35,000. The important thing to remember here is to know what your preferences are. The Ford Fusion SE ($23,500), for example, is regarded for having a good amount of interior space to go with one of the most spacious trunk spaces — 16 cubic feet — among all sedans in its class. It also has a fuel economy rating of 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. If you’re not particularly into cavernous trunk spaces and instead prefer sedans that are known for their power and handling, the two Subarus could be in your future. The WRX ($26,995) has the most powerful base engine — a turbo-four unit that produces 268 horsepower — of its class, and while its fuel economy ratings aren’t anything to write about — 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway — it’s still regarded as one of the most dynamic cars in its class to drive.

The Subaru Legacy ($22,195), on the other hand, doesn’t have as powerful of an engine as the WRX. It’s 175-horsepower, four-cylinder unit is uninspiring compared to the WRX, but that’s likely a product of the Legacy sitting below its fellow Subie on the automaker’s totem pole. Still, the Legacy has a pretty spacious interior and returns one of the best fuel economy ratings among all models in its segment at 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. Then there’s the Kia Stinger ($31,900), a car many people consider as one of the future stars of its segment. Maybe it’s a byproduct of the Stinger being a new model that still gives it a fresh odor among buyers, but a big part of the Stinger’s appeal rests on its all-around quality. This model really is a star-in-the-making. Even with just the base version, you’re already getting a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 255 horsepower at its disposal. Combine that with its own large cargo area — a whopping 23.3 cubic feet of space — and an engaging and athletic drive that’s pure fun for all of us, and it’s no wonder why the Stinger is one of the most sought-after all-wheel-drive models in the market today. All that despite the sedan only returning an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

Four models in and the choices are about to get more difficult once you bring in Germany’s finest into the fold. The Audi A3 Premium and the Mercedes CLA 250 4Matic may be visitors from the Old Continent, but you’re going to quickly realize how at-home they make you feel once you get either one of them. The A3 Premium ($31,950) is one of the cheapest compact luxury cars on the market. In fact, the difference in price between the Stinger and the A3 Premium is a measly $50. As promising as the Stinger is, there’s a big population of people who will prefer an established model over an upstart. The A3 Premium is the base unit of the family, but it doesn’t feel like one, thanks in large part to having its fair share of luxury amenities. From leather upholstery to a panoramic sunroof to a 10-speaker audio system, they’re all there as standard equipment. About the only downside of the Audi sedan is that the Quattro all-wheel-drive system doesn’t come standard across the whole lineup. You’ll need to upgrade to the Quattro to have the most fun in the sedan. Doing so comes at the expense of a lower fuel economy rating — 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway — but that’s ultimately a small price to pay for all the fun you’re going to have driving it.

If the A3 isn’t your cup of tea, the Mercedes CLA 250 4Matic ($32,700 plus $2,000 to get the 4Matic AWD system) is a solid, albeit slightly more expensive option. Nobody needs to remind you what kind of model you have when you’re driving a Mercedes. The CLA 250 4Matic is teeming with luxury like only Mercedes can provide. It doesn’t have the same power figures as the A3 Premium — a four-cylinder turbocharged engine produces only 208 horsepower — but it does get some of its appeal back by how engaging it is to drive and by having one of the highest fuel economy ratings — 24 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway — of any sedan in its class. The last two sedans we’ll mention are both American bred, but like all the models we’ve mentioned, these two are special for entirely different reasons. The Chrysler 300 Touring ($28,995 plus $2,500 for an AWD version), for example, packs a punch with its 292-horsepower V-6 engine. It’s also one of the bigger sedans in its class, and that size comes into play in the spacious interior. Its fuel economy rating is average — 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway — but if you look past that, you’ll come to realize that the 300, despite all the negativity surrounding it, is a pretty fun ride, as well. Unfortunately for the 300, it’s still not as fun to drive as the Dodge Charger ($28,995). The meaty sports sedan packs a similar V-6 unit with an identical 292-horsepower output as the 300 Touring, but make no mistake; the Charger is a completely different animal when it comes to driving dynamics. Some people may not like it because it’s a little too wild for their capabilities, but those who have seen the Charger in action can vouch for what it’s capable of. Ultimately, choosing one sedan among these intriguing options is an exercise in futility. But if I were to choose one, my money’s going to the Kia Stinger. It isn’t as established as some of the other models here, but when you combine everything it has to offer with its starting price, there’s no better value for money than Kia’s new performance-oriented sedan.

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Watch the Original 1968 Ford Mustang Bullitt and the Dodge Challenger Battle up Goodwood Hill in the Coolest Movie Car Chase Ever Recreated

Watch the Original 1968 Ford Mustang Bullitt and the Dodge Challenger Battle up Goodwood Hill in the Coolest Movie Car Chase Ever Recreated

This Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger "car chase" makes me want to watch Bullitt again

You don’t often see cars recreate movie scenes at an event like the Goodwood Festival of Speed, but the event is proving to have something for everyone. The 25th edition of the festival kicked off with a bang yesterday, and one of the most surprising sights was seeing a 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback and a 1968 Dodge Charger R/T 440 Magnum share the track in what can only be described as a loose interpretation of the iconic car chase scene in the move Bullitt.

Ok, so there’s probably a reason why the 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback and the 1968 Dodge Charger R/T 440 Magnum didn’t go balls-to-the-wall at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Those cars aren’t replicas, but the actual vehicles that were used in the film that, coincidentally, is celebrating its 50th anniversary just as the event is celebrating its 25th.

There’s an incredible amount of provenance attached to both models, and that’s especially true for the Mustang GT Fastback because it’s the exact same one that was driven by Steve McQueen himself and was inducted quite recently by the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) into the National Historic Vehicle Register.

It’s no wonder then that both drivers were taking it easy trying to recreate a car chase scene that does look a lot more exciting than the one we saw at Goodwood. Then again, it’s not often that you’re graced by the presence of what is arguably the most famous movie car of all time. That counts for something, too.

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