What is a Challenger Hellcat Redeye? According to Steve Beahm, head of Passenger Car Brands-Dodge, SRT, Chrysler, and Fiat for FCA North America, “It's a Hellcat that's been possessed by a Demon."
The new Challenger Hellcat Redeye boasts a supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi that generates 797 hp. and 707 lb.-ft. of torque. This makes it the most powerful and expensive ($69,650) production V-8 now that Dodge has stopped production of the Demon. This is the most expensive Challenger variant (not counting the $1,700 gas-guzzler tax).
FCA says the Challenger Redeye is now the quickest muscle car with a claimed 0-60 mph time of 3.4 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 10.8 seconds at 131 mph with a top speed of 203 mph. The Demon, capable of 840 hp. and 770 lb.-ft. on high-octane race fuel, has a claimed 0-to-60 mph in 2.3 seconds. Its 3,300-unit production run ended in May 2018. (The standard Hellcat produces 717 hp. and 656lb.-ft.).
"In terms of performance, the Demon was intended for the track even though it was street legal," Beahm said. The Redeye grew out of a desire to provide a car that would be out on the road, not just on the track or in somebody's garage. Dodge designed the Redeye as a mainstream vehicle with a lot of the same performance features in the Hellcat or Demon.
The Hellcat Redeye's Hemi is paired with an eight-speed automatic. Dodge says the power plant gets 25 major component upgrades, including a larger supercharger (2.7 liters, up from 2.4) with higher boost pressure (14.5 psi, up from 11.6), strengthened connecting rods, pistons and valve train, high-capacity fuel injection system and improved lubrication. It gets a second fuel pump and a higher redline of 6,500 rpm.
It also has the Torque Reserve system that starts building boost before launching, as well as the air conditioned intercooler to provide extra cool intake air. Both of these were features in the Demon. Furthermore, if the standard 2.62:1 final ratio isn't quick enough for you, Dodge offers a 3.09:1 rear axle.
Externally, the Redeye comes with the Demon and Hellcat Widebody's fat fender flares. With them, you get 3.5-inch-wider wheels (20x11-inch forged "Devil's Rim" aluminum) with Pirelli P Zero 305/35ZR20 tires. It also has the new fully functional dual-snorkel hood that pays homage to the muscle cars from the mid-60s and early 70s. The left snorkel goes straight into the induction system and allows the engine to give the extra 10 hp. and reduce engine temperature by 4 degrees Fahrenheit.
The fender logo gets "a sinister red jewel-like eye design." The logo also appears as a new die-cast badge on the supercharger housing.
Although it does not have the Demon's Drag mode suspension tuning for weight transfer or TransBrake, it does have line lock and 6-piston Brembo brakes up front.
Like the Hellcat, the Redeye is not a special edition or limited run, Beahm said. "It's not limited to certain volumes." He expects the Redeye to account for 7 to 8% of total Hellcat sales.