The Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye… is ridiculous

This is a ridiculous machine. It’s crazy that Dodge makes this. It’s wild that you can walk into a dealership, give them your many dollars, and leave with the keys to one of these. This is the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye, and I love it.

You can think of it as a sort of sub-Demon. Or perhaps a Hellcat deluxe. Either way, it’s wicked. After all, there’s a supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8 sitting under the hood and it produces 797 horsepower. That’s damn near 800. In a car that requires no sort of special license to operate. It doesn’t really need it either, as the things a smooth beast if you’re just cruising around town.

But the moment you lay into the throttle even a bit more than casually, the supercharger screams to life. The large 305 section tires do their best to maintain a semblance of traction. And the traction control system decides it might be a good time for a smoke break.

Pricey, but it should be

Is it expensive? Yes, of course it is. And it should be too. The one I’m driving here is right around $93,000. That’s tons and tons of money. But it’s a bargain considering just how much factory-warrantied power you have at hand. Nearly every supercar, or even hypercar, owner that rolls upon you at a stoplight can only shy away from that SRT-badged snout. Sure, you’re traction limited off the line, but once you hook up, it’s “Ludicrous Speed, Go!”

I love this big dumb thing. And you should too. Even if we can’t afford to put one in our own garage, it’s great knowing that Dodge gives others the chance to do so. This may be one of the high-water mark moments for the Horsepower Wars (alongside the Demon, of course). The future is focused on adding lightness, which is a great thing… but horsepower is pretty damn awesome too.

(psst, especially when it’s not wearing those dumb yellow packing protectors… take that shit off)

[Disclaimer: Dodge tossed us the keys to the Redeye and included a tank of gas. That fuel was downed quicker than PBR at a fraternity party.]

11 Comments

  1. I always figured the R/T Scat Pack would be plenty for me– or if I could afford more amenities, the SRT 392. Granted, 485hp doesn’t have the wow factor of nearly 800, but for normal driving it would be fun without being stupid-fun. I’d likely just get myself in trouble with more than that. Besides, I much prefer the characteristics of naturally-aspirated engines, and I would want the manual 6-speed that the Redeye and Demon don’t offer. I only wish the Charger shared the Challenger’s retro looks, because I really like the front and rear fasciae of the coupe but would rather have the practicality of a sedan.

    Of note, one possibly unmentioned benefit of the Redeye over the Demon is top speed. The Demon’s drag radials limit it to 168 mph, but the Redeye can supposedly climb to 203 if given enough road. That’s another reason for the reshaped hood intakes– the Demon’s scoop would cause too much high-speed lift.

      1. I’m surprised Dodge hasn’t offered a special edition “Vanishing Point” spec, much like Ford does with Bullitt Mustangs. All you’d need would be a basic R/T, white over black interior, with woodgrain dash trim.

        1. It’s been done. Kowalski Edition by New Wilmington Dodge.
          Evidently Dodge wasn’t making white SRT8 Challengers when they intro’d it.
          But we all know every white Challenger R/T with the pistol grip is Vanishing Point.

    1. Yes, at almost $100K for the Redeye for what is essentially a fairly one-trick pony (fast in a straight line, but probably not the greatest around corners and not great as a daily family car) wouldn’t something like a Tesla Model S start to make more sense?
      More space, similar pace, possibly better handling and much better at transporting more than 2 people.

    2. Yes, at almost $100K for the Redeye for what is essentially a fairly one-trick pony (fast in a straight line, but probably not the greatest around corners and not great as a daily family car) wouldn’t something like a Tesla Model S start to make more sense?
      More space, similar pace, possibly better handling and much better at transporting more than 2 people.

  2. great review!

    it’s crazy that 305s are not enough, do you think they couldn’t fit anything bigger without big changes? or that 325 or 335 on the rear wouldn’t make a big difference?

    1. Considering the less-powerful ZR1 wears 335s, it’s not surprising that the Redeye breaks loose easily. Though, it’s worth noting that the Chevy does boast more torque.

      I’m guessing that considering the Demon also wears 305s, they just couldn’t fit any more tire under the fenders.

  3. I drove an original hemi Cuda back in the day and it was a beast , this thing has twice the horsepower , can I borrow that car for a few hours ?

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