The Dodge Charger Hellcat: it’s fast but apparently not fast enough. So here we have the Hellcat Redeye – the fastest Charger Dodge has ever built. 797 horsepower. 707 pound-feet of torque. Capable of exceeding 200mph. All prerequisites for a solid family sedan, right? Well, that’s what the Dodge Charger is and, believe it or not, even when spec’d like this, it can still skillfully serve in that manner. The supercharger whine, the insane amounts of power immediately on tap that seem to have no end, the rear end breaking loose on demand, the Redeye is just more of what already makes the Hellcat outrageous. Now the Widebody kit and bigger tires do improve handling but let’s be honest – this car is a boat so as the driver you’ll crave slightly straighter roads. But a car such as this remains a video game fantasy for most – in an era of electrification there won’t be many takers for a Demon-powered Charger. But Dodge and the brotherhood of muscle live in a place where time stands still and only the power seems to change.
Widebody fever is spreading at Dodge and will soon infect 2 new Charger models; Scat Pack and SRT Hellcat. Closely following the formula already established by its 2-door counterpart, the Challenger, the new 2020 Charger Widebody models fatten up their tires, broaden their fender flares, clamp down on bigger brakes and ride atop a specially tuned adaptive damping suspension to deliver a car that’s faster and handles better than ever before.
Because the Demon was a one and done and the Hellcat only made 707-horsepower, the crazy minds at Dodge SRT have birthed another Hellcat baby – the Redeye – making an outrageous 797 horsepower. I’ve loved my week with this car. It’s a great mixture of serious performance and grandstanding theater like the cool names that Dodge gives everything, the Red key that unlocks the car’s full potential – they certainly know how to tell a story. Any red-blooded American car nut would want this Challenger in their garage, just grab the Visine first. MSRP as-tested: $89,105
2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody First Look by Auto Critic Steve Hammes Dodge’s 707-horsepower Hellcat models offer outrageous street-legal performance but with that much power routed to the rear wheels, it can be tricky to convert that inertia to…