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2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye: When The Bullet Train Isn’t Fast Enough

Wider, faster, more powerful, the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye is in a class all its own.


  • Indeed, with 797 horsepower, this Charger is the most powerful and fastest mass-produced sedan in the world.

  • The fastest? Top speed is a wonderous 327 km/h or 203 mph.

  • The ¼ mile run disappears in only 10.6 seconds.


FCA will go down in history as having single-handedly created a muscle-car era in the 21st Century. And for that, we are extremely thankful. Cars like the Challenger and Charger SRT, and trucks like the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and the Durango SRT will forever be remembered as (possibly) the last wave of the good-old day. The new Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye is the personification of muscle with its hugely flared fenders, and 797 horsepower supercharged V8.

This is no Q-Ship like some muscle cars from our parents’ or grandparents’ time when big-block V8 were squeezed into the engine bays of skinny polyglas tire-shod and 4-wheel drum-brake wearing sedans. The new Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye is a colossal 8.8 centimetres (3.5 inches) wider than the regular Charger sedan and sports new functional performance hood to complete the car’s unmistakable look. Within the massive wheel arches reside 20×11-inch Carbon Black wheels wrapped in 305/35ZR20 Pirelli tires, which do their best to hide huge Brembo brake system with two-piece, 15.7-inch front rotors and six-piston front calipers.

Power for the SRT Hellcat Redeye comes from the Hellcat engine that’s been tweaked to produce 797 horsepower and 707 lb.-ft. of torque. Incidentally, the 2021 SRT Hellcat’s output has risen to 717 horsepower, from 707. The standard 8-speed automatic transmission has been upgraded to handle all the extra power.

2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye | Photo: Dodge

What’s perhaps best about the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye (and the Durango SRT Hellcat) is that it can serve many purposes.

“The magic of the Dodge Charger is that it delivers all the performance of a true American muscle car while also being able to deliver a family of four or five, day in and day out,” said Tim Kuniskis, Global Head of Alfa Romeo and Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “The Charger is a big, comfortable, five-passenger sedan that can run the quarter-mile in the mid-10s, 0-60 in the mid 3s and reach a top speed of 203 mph (326 km/h), and be your daily driver.”

2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye | Photo: Dodge

A key element to the Charger’s (and Durango and Challenger) all-out performance is the SRT-tuned Bilstein three-mode Adaptive Damping Suspension system. It has been engineered to provide the right amount of damping and control no matter the driving conditions. And if the driver so desires, there are plenty of drives modes to select from to calibrate the car’s driving dynamics.

The most powerful and fastest mass-produced sedan in the world, and all other 2021 Dodge Charger iterations, will be available for ordering this fall. The cars are expected to arrive in dealerships in early 2021.

2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye | Photo: Dodge

2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye | Photo: Dodge

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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