There’s been an change in fast cars: They no best charge to accept big gas-guzzling V8 engines. They can alike be array electrics. But in the case of the 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody, reviewers accept been falling all over what may be the aftermost angle for the acceptable beef car.
Everyday bodies additionally adulation this car. I’ve never gotten added thumbs up, shouts of “Nice!,” and agog account from a analysis automobile. They adulation the arduous out-of-control ability of the thing—insanity is key in a supercharged 797-horsepower automobile. The auto bazaar is abounding of 1,000-horsepower V8 (and V12) supercars with accompanying turbochargers and added go-faster accoutrements. But we’re additionally seeing array electrics like the Rimac C_Two, with aught to 60 afar per hour in 1.97 abnormal and a top acceleration of 258 mph. And they feel added like the future.
The Hellcat, as a fun generator, is unparalleled. Start it up, and they apprehend it three blocks away. It alcove 60 in 3.4 seconds, and the ability keeps on coming.
The Challenger is an ambrosial package, alike in its abject $28,095 anatomy with 305 application and a V6. It’s acceptable looking, with awakening administration that recalls the archetypal 1970 to 1974 models. They were fast aback then, too; the 1971 Dodge Challenger R/T 440 Six Pack had 385 application and a 5.9-second aught to 60 time. But those old cars, admitting their accepted boundless value, couldn’t avowal acutely adequate seats (ventilated on the tester, which benefited from the $1,795 covering package), accomplished Brembo brakes and an easy-to-use Uconnect infotainment system.
The abject amount for this Challenger is $58,995, but options bang it up to $92,495. That’s a big lift, and it’s abundantly due to the $17,600 Redeye amalgamation that includes aggregate from atramentous aluminum auto (which attending cool) to antagonism abeyance and Redeye badging. It additionally appearance a 220-mile-per-hour speedometer. The widebody kit included actuality adds 3.5 inches of width, so drivers charge beware bound parking garages.
The Hellcat absolutely has added action than the 2020 Ferrari 812 Superfast, which has a V12 and makes do with a bald 788 horsepower. That Ferrari starts at $335,000, so already afresh we accept (relatively) affordable American beef against European sophistication.
The aberration amid the 2020 Hellcat and 1960s beef is that it behaves aback apprenticed sedately. I approved article like that with a Shelby GT500 Mustang from aback in the day and it banned to be tamed.
Apply ability to the Hellcat and the appendage squats down, the agent rises from a affable barrage to a abhorrent snarl, and the border appears far too quickly. As continued as you administer the ability gradually and judiciously, it feels controllable alike at triple-digit speeds. The eight-speed automated (which can be controlled with paddle shifters) is able-bodied matched, and the tires abide in contact. Of course, opportunities to absolutely exercise cars like this are far amid unless you alive in the average of Wyoming (which has 80-mile-per-hour acceleration limits).
For those who appetite alike added power, there’s the dragstrip-ready Challenger SRT Super Stock, with an 807 application adaptation of the V-8 and prices starting at $79,595. The powertrain has been recalibrated, the abeyance acquainted for best achievement off the line, and big 18-by-11-inch auto with Nitto annoyance radials at the four corners. There’s additionally some advantageous weight abridgement on board. If that’s still not enough, you can consistently chase out the limited-production 2018 Challenger Demon (with 840 horsepower).