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Fireworks for the 4th! Dodge introduces hellishly powerful Charger, Challenger

2021 Charter SRT Hellcat Redeye has 797 horsepower, 2020 Challenger SRT Super Stock packs 807 punch


If you think the just-unveiled 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye can create some fireworks, you ain’t seen nuthin’ yet. That’s because also being unveiled this Fourth of July weekend is the 2020 Challenger SRT Super Stock. 

The Charger comes with its 6.2-liter Hemi V8 supercharged to 797 horsepower, the most, says Dodge, ever offered in a Charger.

2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye

Meanwhile, the 2020 Challenger SS extracts 807 horsepower from its supercharged Hemi, making it, says Dodge, “the world’s quickest and most powerful muscle car.”  The SS is being specially produced for drag racing use.

The “demon-possessed” 2021 Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye not only is the “fastest mass-produced sedan in the world,” says Dodge, but the ultimate in “high-performance, comfort and road-ready confidence.”

In addition to its horsepower, the supercharged Hemi provides 707 pound-feet of torque and, says Dodge, will propel the sedan to a quarter-mile ET of 10.6 seconds at 129 mph on the way to a top speed of 203 mph. Or, if road racing is your thing, Dodge says the Redeye will be 7 car-lengths ahead of the SRT Hellcat after 1 lap on a 2.1-mile road course.

Both the 717-horsepower Charger SRT Hellcat and the more powerful Redeye version will be available early in 2021, Dodge reported.

Redeye engine

The Redeye features the SRT Power Chiller, which lowers the intake air temperature. The Redeye also gets a Widebody kit with fender flares that added 3.5 inches in width and cover Pirelli 305/35 ZR20 tires.

“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,” Tim Kuniskis, global head of Alfa Romeo and head of passenger cars for Dodge, SRT, Chrysler, Fiat and FCA North America, is quoted in the announcement.

“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, and be your daily driver.”

Meanwhile, the 2020 Challenger SRT Super Stock is a drag racing special that Dodge says will hit 60 mph in 3.25 seconds, cover the quarter-mile in 10.5 seconds at 131 mph, and has a “tire-limited” top speed of 168 mph.

It also has a 3.5-inch wide-body stance with 315/40R18 Nitto NT05R drag radials mounted on 18-inch wheels. The car also features 4-piston Brembo brakes with 14.2-inch vented rotors. The asymmetrical limited-slip differential has a 3.09 final drive.

The car goes into production this fall with deliveries beginning yet this year.

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.



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