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THE DODGE CHARGER SRT HELLCAT REDEYE BELONGS IN THE PANTHEON OF GREAT PERFORMANCE SEDANS

The 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Shakes And Bakes With The Best German Sport Sedans Right Now

2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Muscle Car Mopar

When considering the landscape of high performance sedans, the stereotype is that they come in one flavor: sauerkraut. German. But in reality, there’s an eclectic mix at the buffet. Yet it seems that only recently the Americans were (reluctantly) allowed to sit at the table, thanks to the 15-plus years of work put in by General Motors and three generations of the Cadillac CTS-V. In the past five years, however, another American brand has been putting in the work to offer some Grade A beef to the performance car menu: Dodge. Specifically, the 797 horsepower, 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye.

Yes, Dodge is, and hopefully will remain, a muscle-car-focused brand. Such context implies deviant amounts of horsepower, smooth ride quality, and imposing proportions. The 2021 Dodge Challenger, Charger and Durango possess such qualities in spades, and the brand has taken it upon itself to be a fire keeper of Automotive Americana. Yet they may have, intentionally or not, created something that will make every BMW M and Mercedes-AMG performance sedan blush. Similar feelings likely arise when America asks Germany to cover its part of the NATO defense budget.

2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Muscle Car

Through winding Carolina backgrounds and around a 2.27-mile road course, the latest addition to the Dodge Charger SRT family demonstrated that it deserves to be included in every conversation surrounding top tier performance sedans. It just does so without the pomp. We like that. No need to over-handle the steak.

Like the standard 2021 Dodge Charger Hellcat Widebody, the Redeye features increased front spring rates – 32 percent stiffer than the bygone narrow-body version, thicker sway bars – expanding from 32 mm to 34 mm in front and from 19 mm to 22 mm in the rear, and re-tuned shocks with revised valving to complement those stiffer springs. The tires responsible for making sure all of that 797 crank horsepower makes contact with the pavement, whether its as a plume of burnout smoke or a slingshot down the straightaway, are a set of Pirelli P-Zero 305/35ZR20 section tires in all four corners. Granted, they’re not defying physics here. 797 horsepower exclusively to the rear wheels commands every ounce of respect. This big cat will bite back if you’re not careful. However, this characteristic backs up its menacing looks, and extroverted exhaust note. This thing absolutely screams.

2021 Dodge Charger Redeye Carolina Motorsports Park

Whatever shortcomings that one thinks the 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye may have, they can easily be compensated with a mash of the throttle.

You wish the interior was nicer? Here, have 797 horsepower. You wish that the infotainment screen was bigger? Here, have 797 horsepower. You wish it was lighter? Here, have 797 horsepower. Have 797 horsepower, four doors, Brembo brakes, Bilstein shocks, adjustable ride settings, and a 203 mile per hour top speed for just $80,090.

Have the fastest thing in the world with four doors, all for half the price of a Mercedes AMG-GT63S.

Should anybody question or mock your choice for not going with a Eurosnob brand, just take them to Gapplebees with the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye, and let them have a mouthful of tire smoke and bald eagle feathers. This is how America does performance sedans: unhinged, unabashed, and undeniably powerful.

Hellcat Redeye V8 Engine 2021 Dodge Charger

 

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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    1. I think every vehicle offered for sale in North America must offer at least one version with eight cylinders of American freedom. Imagine a Sonata with a V8… or a Camry or Accord… or maybe a Ford Expedition or Explorer…

      Thank God for Dodge!

    2. Great Article Guys. Let’s See More of it. And How About Some 1960s/’70s Cars & the ’80s. Like The Pontiac GTO, Trans Am, Mercury Cougar XR7. Chevy Camaro SS. And The Z28.

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