The Dodge brand and FCA as a whole have been relative quiet during the Covid19 pandemic, but on July 2, the high performance brand shattered that silence in a big way. During the company’s first virtual introduction, Dodge dropped three massive bombs on the performance vehicle world, including the world’s most powerful sedan, the world’s most powerful SUV and the first full production vehicle with more than 800 horsepower. These vehicles are, of course, the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye, the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat and the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Super Stock and today, we bring you a closer look at each of these bar-raising performance machines.
Since the Dodge Durango SRT with introduced with the 392-cubic inch Hemi, there have been rumors that the brand was working on a Hellcat version. It was widely anticipated that the Hellcat Durango would be mechanically similar to the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, and it is, but a few tweaks have allowed the supercharged Dodge three-tow to be a bit stronger and quicker than the supercharged Jeep.
The heart of the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat is the 6.2-liter Hemi V8 topped by a 2.4-liter IHI supercharger. Thanks to a unique engine calibration and a new, larger exhaust system, the supercharged Hemi in the Durango delivers 710 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque. That power is sent to all four wheels by means of an 8HP95 8-speed automatic transmission and a single-speed all-wheel-drive transfer case. That drivetrain configuration allows the Durango Hellcat to sprint from a stop to 60 miles per hour in just 3.5 seconds, while a quarter mile pass takes just 11.5 seconds. The top speed is restricted by the aerodynamics of the vehicle to 180, but that is still faster than most sports cars, let alone SUVs. At the same time, this 710-horsepower beast will still tow 8,700 pounds.
Like all Hellcat vehicles, the supercharged Durango is more than just a straight line missile. Bilstein adaptive dampers are standard, allowing the driver to select whether they want better cornering or a smoother ride via the Drive Mode system. The suspension setup was tuned specifically for the Durango Hellcat and in its Track setting, it offers considerably more stiffness in all hard cornering exercises.
That helps the Durango handle the turns, but in the event that the driver comes in too hot, the massive Brembo braking system is there to save the day. This setup features 15.75-inch rotors under 6-piston calipers up front while the rear rotors measure 13.8 inches under 4-piston calipers. These brakes allow the big SUV to come to a complete stop from 60 miles per hour in just 116 feet, but more importantly, the Hellcat Durango is 1.5-seconds faster around a 2.1-mile road course than the SRT 392 model.
Finally, the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat sports a new front fascia that increases engine air flow, cooling flow and aerodynamic properties, while also looking very mean. In addition to the new LED signature lighting, the large openings feed loads of air to the engine bay and the chin spoiler helps to provide stability at high speeds. That chin spoiler works with the low profile rear spoiler to create 140 pounds of downforce at top speed, which is 400% more than the downforce levels of the previous SRT 392 models.
Also, the dashboard receives a refresh that gives it a shape that is more like what is found on the Charger and Challenger. This refresh allowed Dodge to introduce the new 10.1-inch UConnect 5 system, so in addition to offering huge performance and a premium cabin, the Hellcat Durango is on the cutting edge of infotainment technology.
The bad news is that the Hellcat Durango will only be offered for 2021, as new emission restrictions in 2022 will prevent the package from continuing on for a second year. That means that these vehicles could be hard to find, but those who are able to order one will be able to pick from 11 exterior colors – Billet Silver, DB Black, Destroyer Grey, F8 Green, Granite, In-Violet, Octane Red, Reactor Blue, Redline, Vice White and White Knuckle. The order banks for the Hellcat Durango will open this fall, with the first units expected to hit dealerships early in 2021.
The next most powerful vehicle introduced by Dodge on July 2 was the Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye. Since the Challenger Redeye was introduced a few years back with 797 horsepower, fans of the high performance sedan have been waiting for a similar package. That wait ends with the introduction of the 2021 model year and the Charger Hellcat Redeye is exactly what we all expected.
The heart of the package is the 6.2-liter Hemi topped by the 2.7-liter IHI supercharger, which was first used on the 2018 Challenger Demon and then later on the Challenger Hellcat Redeye. Not only do the Redeye cars share the supercharger, but they also share the stronger rotating assembly the valvetrain components, so the entire engine is built to handle the increased stress of making nearly 800 horsepower.
As is the case in the Challenger, the Redeye engine in the Charger delivers 797 horsepower and 707 lb-ft of torque. That power is sent to the rear wheels by means of a quick shifting 8-speed automatic transmission and with the widebody design being standard, 20×11-inch wheels wrapped in 305/35ZR20 performance tires help put the power to the road.
The extra power makes the Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye the most powerful production sedan in the world, but it is also the quickest and the fastest vehicle of its type. The Redeye Charger will dash from a stop to 60 in the mid-3-second range while covering the quarter mile in just 10.6 seconds at 129 miles per hour. Those numbers make it the quickest sedan in the world while a top speed of 203 miles per hour makes it the fastest.
Helping to improve performance and consistency, the Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye features the same go-fast technology as the Challenger Redeye, much of which was introduced on the 2018 Demon. This includes the Torque Reserve system, the SRT Power Chiller system and the Race Cooldown system. Torque Reserve allows the driver to build boost prior to a launch, the Power Chiller system keeps engine intake air nice and cold by diverting the air condition air to the intercooler and the Race Cooldown mode helps to rush heat from the engine between runs.
Finally, the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye is fitted with the same Bilstein adaptive dampers as the current Hellcat Charger, with settings that allow the driver to select more comfort or better handling with the Drive Mode system. Also the Brembo braking system is in place, with 15.7-inch front rotors under 6-piston calipers and 13.8-inch rear rotors under 4-piston calipers.
The combination of the high tech dampers and the massive brake setup with the Redeye power allows this Charger to beat the non-Redeye Hellcat sedan by 1.2 seconds on an undesignated 2.1-mile road course.
The only real physical difference for the 2021 Charger Redeye is the new hood, featuring a front-facing scoop that feeds the engine while the dual heat extractors help to make room for fresh air in the engine bay. Beyond that, the appearance is unchanged from the current widebody Chargers. Order banks are expected to open this fall, with the first units reaching dealerships in early 2021.
Last but certainly not least, we have the biggest surprise of the July 2 announcement, which is the 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Super Stock. Dodge wanted to produce a package that was more drag strip capable than the current Redeye, so they borrowed from parts from the 2018 Demon. This includes the lightweight 4-piston Brembo front brakes with 14.2-inch rotors and a limited slip 3.09 rear gear set, but most importantly, the Redeye Super Stock comes with the Demon’s 18×11-inch wheels wrapped in Nitto NT05R drag radial tires measuring 315-millimeters wide. To make the most of those sticky tires, the Redeye Super Stock also features package-specific suspension tuning in Track mode that allows for proper weight transfer on a hard launch.
Now, had Dodge just added the brakes, wheels, tires and suspension tuning to the current Challenger Hellcat Redeye, it would have been quicker in the quarter mile, but they didn’t stop there. Thanks to a revised engine calibration that includes moving the shift points up from 6,300 to 6,400 rpm, output is increased to 807 horsepower. That makes the Challenger Redeye Super Stock the first ever full production American road car with more than 800 horsepower.
As a result, the Super Stock scoots to 60 in just 3.25 seconds while running the quarter mile in 10.5 seconds at 131 miles per hour.
The order banks for the 2020 Challenger Redeye Super Stock will open this summer with the first units being delivered before the end of the year, but the package will also be offered for 2021 as well. The Super Stock is available in the same 13 exterior hues as the other current Challenger models, and these colors are also shared with the aforementioned Charger Redeye. The current palate includes F8 Green, Frostbite, Go Mango, Granite, Hellraisin, IndiGo Blue, Octane Red, Pitch Black, Sinamon Stick, Smoke Show, TorRed, Triple Nickel and White Knuckle.