OVERNIGHT, Dodge revealed the latest high-po iteration of its iconic Challenger Hellcat tyrer-slayer. Dubbed the Redeye, it’s like a half-way point between the ballistic nine-second 840hp Demon and the ‘regular’ 717hp 2019 Hellcat. Here are six of our favourite stats:
1. IT HAS THE SAME ENGINE AS THE DEMON
YEP, the Redeye gets the same 6.2-litre supercharged V8 as the big bad Demon, itself a hotted up version of the Hellcat’s motor. As such, it uses the larger 2.7-litre blower instead of the 2.4, and the bottom end cops tougher rods and pistons. However, Dodge has detuned it ever-so-slightly from the Demon’s 808hp on pump fuel (or 840hp on 100-octane race fuel) to 797hp.
2. DON’T WORRY, IT’S STILL REALLY FAST
WITH 797hp and 707lb-ft of torque, the Redeye sprints to 60mph in 3.4 seconds and has a top speed of 203mph. Dodge quotes a quarter-mile time for the Redeye Widebody of 10.8@131mph. The standard-body version without the flares and wider tracks is quoted as 11.1@131mph. Strip times are a tenth of a second quicker for the Redeye compared to the Hellcat, and the base Hellcat just falls shy of a 200mph top speed.
3. IT DRINKS A LOT OF FUEL
AT FULL throttle, the Redeye consumes 5.4 litres of fuel every minute, which is enough to drain its fuel tank completely in less than 11 minutes.
4. THE BONNET VENTS ARE ACTUALLY FUNCTIONAL
THAT 6.2-litre supercharged V8 gulps air though the driver’s-side hollowed-out headlight surround, as well as the two grille snorkels.
5. IT’S THE ONLY PRODUCTION CAR WITH AN INTERCHILLER
LIKE the Demon, the Redeye uses the air conditioning to cool the air before it enters the heat exchangers in the supercharger, to ensure inlet air temps are always low and the blown V8 can perform better for longer.
6. IT HAS DRAG-RACING TECH
THE torque converter in the eight-speed auto has been upgraded and gives 18 per cent higher torque multiplication than in the regular Hellcat, to give the Redeye a better launch. The launch control system also closes the supercharger bypass valve to ‘prefill’ the intake with boost and then activate a two-step rev limiter so you get all the boost on the startline. To stop it breaking an axle, Dodge has fitted monster 41-spline half-shafts.