When something funny happened pandemic Hit the economy in free fall. Cars never stopped selling – especially A quick. Turns out, thinking about the yard means, for many of us, enjoying the deep pleasure that is available to us while we still can. For some, this has meant going out and buying a 2021 Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye Widebody.
After one drive, I gave a dopamine-soaked cap to these buyers. On an emotional scale of 1 to 10, the world’s fastest mass-produced sedan is somewhere in near-Earth orbit. Jeff Bezos dumped a lot more than the $90,050 sticker price on our test car to get there.
Dodge Hellcat reimagined
Hellcat on Hand is another chapter in an ongoing story. When Dodge unleashed the “Hellcat” name back in 2014 with the first iteration of the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 monster, it was part of an effort to abandon boring cars, and abandon the everyday things of other brands. Selling a machine over 700 horsepower to the masses was clearly such a wild idea that it worked. Over 50,000 Hellcats have found lanes to date, partially aided by hip-hop lyrics: they’ve appeared in bars from Chief Keef, Quavo, Lil Baby, and many more.
Our tester made it easy to see why this thing has worked in popular culture. She wore a “Go Mango” paint job, a kind of blast orange and solar plasma, and came with a speedometer that clocked up to 220mph. It appears unobtrusive, and does not drive differently. Highway starts to feel like a hardcore video game where the loud groans of its supercharger add a gorgeous glow. A quarter of a mile passes in the middle of ten seconds. Become your own friend with the 14″ Brembo brakes. Hilariously, the car seat fits the back really well.
But here’s the thing – didn’t electric cars like the 1,020-horsepower Tesla Model S Plaid turn a fuel-sucking Hellcat into a dinosaur? I called Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis to ask. He doesn’t seem worried.
Technology [of electrics] It’s amazing — you get better control of acceleration and traction, and you have instant power.” “Every mainstream product is going to go electric. And when they do, and we have the economies of scale that make it accessible to everyone, it will be powerful motor warfare again.”
So, guys, the Hellcat might have a quieter, faster electric receiver. For now, enjoy this delayed internal combustion artwork.
On the wide open throttle, Dodge says the Hellcat Redeye’s supercharger can drain its fuel tank in 11 minutes, using two two-stage fuel pumps. We’re here to have a good time, not for long, right?
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