Sweet Baby Jesus, Dodge Just Gave Their Hellcats MORE Power!
Let's all agree that the Dodge Hellcat variants are some of the most insane machines that Detroit has ever conceived. I don't mean insane as hyperbole, I mean they are legitimately insane, the mere concept of 707 horsepower in normal sedan chassis is not recipe anyone of sound mind puts into production. Enter Dodge who threw conventional wisdom to the wind and decided to send it and the world has been a better place ever since.
You will hear many different ways to describe the Hellcats. Crazy, fast, destroyer of tires and even beautiful. What you didn't hear was, "This is nice but it needs more power." Literally no one I talked to when the Hellcats first came out was left wanting in the power department. Yet time goes on and somewhere along the line we got used to Mopar's fleet of 707 horsepower monsters (That even included a Jeep Grand Cherokee)
If the Hellcat powered Jeep wasn't enough, Dodge released the Demon and 840 horsepower of pure lunacy. It made us forget just how bat shit the original Hellcat was. Sidenote: The original Hellcats will go down as modern classics, they will be coveted at Barret Jackson 2050. However somewhere along the way Hellcats became normal, the idea of 707 horsepower wasn't as insane as we first thought it was. Naturally, Dodge decided this wouldn't do so for the second generation of Hellcats they upped the ante once again.
The new Hellcats get a 10 horsepower increase because 717 horsepower is the perfect amount of horsepower for taking the kids to school, getting groceries, and otherwise annoying your neighbors (which by itself is a reason to daily any Hellcat) on any other day this would be the headline, this would be another case of Dodge throwing sensibility out the window and doing whatever the F they want. While it is, Dodge announced an even crazier new Hellcat, a car that reminds us why we loved the Hellcat in the first place, a Hellcat they're calling the Redeye!
Sure it is a silly name but if you look at a Hellcat and try to get serious your nose will start to bleed almost immediately. The Redeye describes the red glow in the eyes of the pissed off cat Hellcat logo. Logos and names are not what you care about, they could have called this new model Whiskers and you wouldn't care because of the new monster living underneath the hood.
The Redeye is crammed with Demon goodies including the Demon's enormous 2.7 liter belt-driven supercharger that makes 14.5 psi of boost. Engine internals get beefed up to accommodate the extra boost. Two dual stage fuel pumps are there to feed the beast while reworked valve-train make sure she breathes at max efficiency. A powerchiller uses the A/C to chill the air even more resulting in 797 horsepower and 707 ft/lbs of torque.
Power is delivered to the rear wheels via a TorqueFlite 8HP90 eight-speed automatic transmission and customers will have the option to buy the car standard or in widebody trims. The widebody with its 305 rubber allegedly accelerates to 60 in 3.4 seconds on its way to a 10.8 second quarter mile. Assuming you don't immediately turn the rear tires into a giant cloud of smoke. The standard bodied car on normal 275 tires will do the quarter in 0.3 seconds slower, but will likely smoke the tires ALWAYS.
Why does all of this matter? It doesn't, these cars are dinosaurs they literally do nothing to move the technology of the future forward. They are a throwback to when Detroit didn't care about silly things like fuel economy and practicality. THAT is exactly why these cars are awesome. No hybrids, no electrons driving the wheels just good old fashioned flammable liquids exploding in a glorious symphony of noise, power and straight line speed.