Hennessey Performance to build 1,200 horsepower Hellcat Redeye

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Dodge's 2019 Hellcat Redeye will get a lot meaner -- think 1,200 horsepower -- once Hennessey Performance is done with this. | Twitter photo/@Dodge
Dodge's 2019 Hellcat Redeye will get a lot meaner -- think 1,200 horsepower -- once Hennessey Performance is done with this. | Twitter photo/@Dodge

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Hennessey Performance will begin work soon on a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye capable of 1,200 horsepower, owner John Hennessey said Tuesday at the annual SEMA Show held at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The first production car should be finished early in the new year. Hennessey said his company had yet to get its hands on the Redeye, which will make 797 horsepower when it rolls off the factory line.

“We haven’t been able to acquire one,” he said, adding that he expects to have at least one in his Houston, Texas-area shop by Thanksgiving.

While a two-month turnaround for a muscle car capable of such insane performance may seem quick, Hennessey said that timeline won’t be a problem.

“It’s a platform we already have experience with,” he said, adding that the expected modifications will include an upgraded supercharger, cam shafts and headers, among others.

Hennessey spoke about the upgraded Hellcat Redeye while standing between a customized Dodge Demon -– also capable of making 1,200 horsepower –- and his take on the Ford Raptor, which he modifies and calls the Velociraptor that makes a seemingly paltry 758 horsepower.

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He also pointed out that his daily driver is a modified Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk capable of making (what else?) 1,200 horsepower.

Dodge killed off the Demon this year after it finished a run of 3,300 cars. The muscle marque announced soon after that it would release the Redeye, which makes 90 more horsepower than the 2018 model.

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Carter Nacke is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He began his career at KTAR News 92.3 FM in Phoenix, the largest news radio station in Arizona, where he specialized in breaking news and politics. A burgeoning interest in classic cars took him to the Journal in 2018. He's still on the hunt for his dad's old 1969 Camaro.

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