Here’s The Best Dodge Charger Trim For 2021

When premium muscle is the topic, there is no way the Dodge Charger won’t be included in the discussion. It has become one of the few nameplates that represent American automotive power from decades ago to modern times. Indeed, the Charger is a car that is worthy of being called an icon.

The Dodge Charger was actually Chrysler’s answer to the dominance of GM in the 1960s. But it was the second generation of the two-door charger that made the difference. Offering performance on a higher level than the first-gen models, the second-gen Charger was giving Chrysler the leverage it needed. Dodge re-launched the Charger in 2006, but as a rear-wheel-drive four-door car with an optional V8 engine. While this was initially seen as an awkward move, Dodge was able to bring the right formula to the market.

Forward to the 2021 model year, the Charger lives on and is offered in various trims. Which should customers buy? It depends on what they want, but if they’re looking for the best Charger trim Dodge has to offer, this should be it: the 2021 Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye. It doesn’t come cheap though, as it’s tagged starting at $78,595 (US manufacturer’s suggested retail price).

King Of Chargers Arrives In 2021

For 2021, Dodge has given customers around 8 Charger trims to choose from: Charger SXT, Charger SXT AWD, Charger GT, Charger GT AWD, Charger R/T, Charger Scat Pack, Charger SRT Hellcat and Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye. These trims are mainly differentiated by the engines lurking inside them.

For instance, the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 mill offers 300 hp for the Charger SXT, SXT AWD, GT, and GT AWD models. Charger R/T models get around 370 hp from the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine while Scat Pack models squeeze 485 hp from a naturally aspirated 392 HEMI V-8. For greater levels of dynamism, the Charger SRT Hellcat is powered by a 717 hp 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI SRT Hellcat V8 engine.

But for supreme performance, the Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye (standard as Widebody) is ready to burn with the 797 hp supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI high-output V8 mill. While the Charger SRT Hellcat redefines straight-line performance prior to 2021, the Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye arrived to take the crown as the most powerful sedan and fastest mass-produced sedan in the world.

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Nearly 800 Horses From A V8 Engine From Hell

What separates the Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye from the rest of the Charger trims is its supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI high-output V8 engine derived from the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. This engine is capable of delivering 797 hp of max output and 707 lb-ft of peak torque, sent to the wheels via a TorqueFlite 8HP90 eight-speed automatic transmission.

To get this awesome power, the Hellcat Redeye engine was fitted with a 2.7-liter supercharger, which would be the largest factory-installed in any production car. The Hellcat Redeye V8 is superior to the Hellcat engine in terms of boost pressure (14.5 psi vs 11.6 psi), rpm limit (6,500 rpm vs 6,200 rpm) and number of dual-stage fuel pumps (2 vs 1).

Overall, the Hellcat Redeye V8 engine boasts 25 major component upgrades, which also include a high-speed valve train, a new fuel injection system, strengthened connecting rods and pistons as well as an enhanced lubrication system.

The supremacy of the Charger Hellcat Redeye is undeniable. While the Charger Hellcat Widebody can complete a quarter-mile run in just 10.96 seconds at 125 mph, the Charger Hellcat Redeye can cover the same distance in 10.6 seconds at 129 mph. In terms of top speed, Charger Hellcat Redeye can go as fast as 203mph.

Complimentary upgrades for optimal performance

Nevertheless, the 2021 Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye is not just about the engine, it’s also about the changes made to accommodate the greater power output and torque and to ensure that the mill gets all the air it needs. This starts with the TorqueFlite 8HP90 eight-speed automatic transmission, which now includes an upgraded torque converter that offers an 18-percent surge in torque multiplication compared to that in the regular Hellcat.

To ensure that the Hellcat Redeye engine gets optimal airflow, the Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye was fitted with a new functional performance hood, mail-slot grille opening, and airbox opening near the wheel liner – resulting in 1,134 cubic feet of flowing air per minute. These features – including innovations such as the SRT Power Chiller and the so-called Race Cooldown – also help the Hellcat Redeye engine stay at optimum operating temperature.

Just like its Charger SRT Hellcat brethren, the Redeye comes loaded with standard performance features such as SRT-tuned Bilstein three-mode Adaptive Damping Suspension system, Brembo brake system, Electric power steering (EPS), Launch Assist, Torque Reserve, Launch Control, Line Lock, SRT Drive Mode, and SRT Performance Pages.

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Race-Inspired Leather Interior With Hellcat Details

The 2021 Charger Hellcat Redeye is distinguished inside from the Charger Hellcat through several unique interior elements such as a 220-mph red speedometer, SRT Hellcat Redeye logo splash screen, and Light Black Chrome instrument panel badge with SRT Hellcat Redeye logo. The key fob features the SRT Hellcat Redeye logo.

Standard details include Laguna leather seats with embossed SRT Hellcat logo, silver seat and console stitching, Light Black Chrome accents as well as a Gunmetal SRT Hellcat instrument panel badge. If customers want real carbon fiber accents, the Carbon & Suede Package can be availed.

Of course, the Charger Hellcat Redeye can be optioned with a wide variety of wheels, wheel finishes, and exterior color and interior elements, as well as various appearance packages.

Source: Stellantis

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