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Thursday, May 6, 2021

2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody: A Hemi On Steroids


Highlight: This rear-wheel drive Hellcat is the most powerful mass-produced Charger, pushing out 797-horsepower.

Test Vehicle's MSRP: $86,865 (Base Model$71,490)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: airbags; ABS; rear camera; rear audible sensors; and an electronic blind spot with cross path detection

Standard Equipment: 20-inch carbon aluminum wheels; all season performance tires; a launch assist system; anti-spin differential rear axle; Brembo brakes; red brake calipers; an adaptive dampening suspension; driving modes; a performance shift indicator; red brake calipers; a remote starter system; 200-mph speedometer; an in car Wi-Fi system; heated/ventilated power front seats; memory setting for seats, radio and exterior mirrors; a leather wrapped steering wheel; a heated steering wheel; single scoop hood air intake; and a performance tire


Options: Redeye badging; 220-MPH speedometer; Satin black Dodge tail lamp; SRT power chiller; carbon suede interior package; a suede headliner; real carbon fiber interior accents; navigation system; SiriusXM 5-year travel/traffic subscription; red seats; Z-rated 20-in tires; Granite wheels; and a gas guzzler tax

Standard Audio On Test Vehicle: a 6-speaker Alpine audio system with SiriusXM

Bluetooth Connectivity: Standard

USB Connectivity: Standard

Apple/Android Connectivity: Standard

Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty: 3 years or 36,000 miles

Powertrain Warranty: 5 years or 60,000 miles

Standard Engine/Horsepower: 6.2-liter, 8-cylinder engine/797-hp

Recommended Fuel: Regular

Standard Fuel Mileage: 12-city/21-hwy


What’s New:  For the 2021 model year, Dodge adds the guzzied-up 797-horsepower Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye to the model’s portfolio. This makes this highly desirable model the fastest mass-produced Charger to date.

The street racer also wears a newly designed, functional performance hood

 Pros:

  • ·        Worth every penny Dodge is asking for!
  • ·        Duh, 797 earth-shaking horsepower
  • ·        A Supercharged HEMI
  • ·        A 220-MPH Speedometer
  • ·        0 to 60-mph in 3.6 seconds … we can’t verify this, but we believe it!
  • ·        World’s fastest 4-door muscle car
  • ·        Driver is able to tailor the car to one’s driving habit
  • ·        Engine growl…..
  • ·        Electric power steering makes it easier to navigate, no pun intended
  • ·        Standard 20-inch x 11-inch wheels with a carbon black finish
  • ·        A five-seater family sedan
  • ·        Easy to use infotainment system
  • ·        User friendly gauges
  • ·        Dodge is the number one ranked brand with quality guru J.D. Power
  • ·        More fun than any human can stand
  • ·        Comfortable seating
  • ·        An optional premium, high-quality 19-speaker sound system
  • ·        Nothing electrified about this fullsize sedan
  • ·        Loves the exterior color options….
  • ·        The Widebody exterior design just makes us breakout in a sweat!

But: 

  • ·        A manual transmission option?
  • ·        Fuel mileage… Gas Guzzler Tax
  • ·        No electrification coming around here. Its all about combustion Turbine..
  • ·        Yes, we hated to say it, but its too much power for some
  • ·        No sunroof?
  • ·        No AMG-like sports oriented front seats 
  • ·        Insurance Cost?? A ticket magnet….


Verdict:  Just when we thought the 797-horsepower engine that was stuffed underneath Dodge’s four-door family sedan was more than enough, the brand’s engineering team decided to push the limit. As many of the automakers have literally walked away from the car segment, as a result of consumers desire for trucks, SUVs and those mommy-like crossovers, Dodge has managed to keep the fire burning with its aging car line up by literally sending their vehicles into stratosphere range. By adding this year’s Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye to the brand’s portfolio, which is capable of spewing out 797-horsepower, we thought this was quite devilish of them. At a price tag under $90,000, in our opinion, its worth every penny, even if you know, you’ll never be able to push this monstrosity of a vehicle to its limits on the highways. While it seems so wrong in a time and day, when electrification is the buzz word, it just seems so right that Dodge has decided not to cave, as they continue to make what could have been stale model, such a desirable work of muscle power.

Competition:  Its in a class by itself … literally and figuratively!

 

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