The 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Comes Out From the Shadows

August 14th, 2020 by

The long-awaited arrival of the 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye has taken over the airwaves, leaving the rest of the vehicle’s 2021 trims in the dust. Most of the talk has centered around the fact that the Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye comes with 797 horsepower and 707 lb-ft of torque. Now, the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye is officially the world’s most powerful, quickest and fastest sedan. It’s set to go on sale later this year, but the “regular” Charger Hellcat — overshadowed by the Redeye — will go on sale as well. While the non-Redeye Hellcat  Charger trim doesn’t pack 797 horsepower, it’s still no slouch — here’s what we can expect from the Charger Hellcat. 

Horsepower

When Dodge introduced the 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition, it offered 10 extra horsepower. Experts figured that it was only a matter of time before the standard Hellcat Charger would get the extra boost as well. The 717-horsepower engine is no longer exclusive to the Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition as it made perfect sense to give the 2021 Charger SRT Hellcat those 10 extra ponies. Those extra 10 ponies didn’t require any actual component changes, so it was fairly easy for Dodge to bring that extra power boost. The 2021 Charger SRT Hellcat maintains its torque output at 650 lb-ft. 

Design

Here’s where the 2021 Charger Hellcat Redeye shares some of its features with the standard Charger Hellcat — there’s a new hood that’s got a front-facing hood scoop complete with a pair of heat-extracting vents. The front-facing scoop is wider and closer to the edge of the hood, while the heat-extracting vents shift towards the rear. Vents on earlier Hellcat sedans used to directly flank the hood scoop. Additionally, the front-facing scoop is actually part of a sealer engine air intake setup. Before, the front-facing scoop only fed cool air into the engine bay without a direct connection to the engine, but now there’s a sealer hood scoop path. Dodge also included cool air intake ports near the driver’s side front wheel opening. Although the changes were initially made for the benefit of the Charger Hellcat Redeye, drivers of the standard Charger Hellcat will benefit as well. 

Technology

Finally, the 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat offers buyers a variety of high tech performance systems, including Torque Reserve. This system was initially introduced on the 2018 Dodge Challenger Demon, and its essential function is brake-boosting. The act of brake-boosting is simply when drivers build boost by holding their speed steady while their foot is on the brake. Without this technology, the throttle is closed when the brakes are applied — regardless of pedal position, thus the Torque Reserve system only serves to add more power. In addition to the Torque Reserve feature, the 2021 Dodge Charger Hellcat also comes with Launch Assist, Line Lock, Race Cooldown Mode, and Launch Control — all of which were standard features on the 2020 model as well. 

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