A humorous factor occurred when the pandemic hit and the economic system went right into a free fall. Vehicles didn’t cease promoting—particularly quick ones. Seems considering mortality meant, for many people, having fun with the visceral pleasures accessible to us whereas we nonetheless might. For some, that meant going out and shopping for the 2021 Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye Widebody.
After driving one, I tip my dopamine-soaked cap to these patrons. On an emotional scale of 1 to 10, the quickest mass-produced sedan on the earth is someplace in near-earth orbit. Jeff Bezos unloaded way more than the $90,050 sticker value on our take a look at automobile to get there.
Dodge Hellcat reimagined
The Hellcat at hand represents one other chapter in an ongoing story. When Dodge unleashed the “Hellcat” title again in 2014 with the primary iteration of its 6.2-liter, V-8-powered supercharged monster, it was a part of a bid to depart boring automobiles behind, ceding the on a regular basis stuff to different manufacturers. Apparently promoting a 700-plus-horsepower machine to the plenty was such a wild concept that it labored. Over 50,000 Hellcats have discovered driveways to date, helped, partly, by hip-hop lyrics: it’s proven up in bars from Chief Keef, Quavo, Lil Child and plenty of extra.
Our tester made it simple to see why the factor’s a popular culture hit. It wore a “Go Mango” paint job, which is a form of orange, solar-plasma blast, and got here with a speedometer that tops out at 220 mph. It seems to be unsubtle, and drives no in a different way. The freeway begins to really feel like a strobing online game because the excessive whine of its supercharger provides hair-on-fire flare. 1 / 4 mile passes by within the mid-ten seconds. You change into associates with the 14-inch Brembo brakes. Hilariously, a automobile seat matches in again simply superb.
However right here’s the factor—haven’t electrical automobiles just like the 1,020-horsepower Tesla Mannequin S Plaid turned the fuel-sucking Hellcat right into a dinosaur? I known as Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis to ask. He didn’t appear apprehensive.
“The know-how [of electrics] is superb—you’ll be able to have higher management of acceleration and traction, you could have instantaneous energy,” he stated. “Each mainstream product goes to go towards electrification. And once they do, and we now have economies of scale that make it extra inexpensive, it’s going to be the muscle automobile battle another time.”
So, of us, the Hellcat might need a quieter, even quicker, electrical future. For now, get pleasure from this late-stage internal-combustion masterwork.
At wide-open throttle, Dodge says the Charger Hellcat Redeye can drain its gas tank in 11 minutes, utilizing two dual-stage gas pumps. We’re right here for a great time, not a very long time, proper?
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