WATCH | Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye is world's new fastest saloon

Line Lock engages the front brakes to hold the Charger stationary while you fry the rear tyres for heating up or plain hooliganism.
Line Lock engages the front brakes to hold the Charger stationary while you fry the rear tyres for heating up or plain hooliganism.
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The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye has been unleashed as the world's most powerful saloon. With outputs of 594kW and 959Nm it's the world's most muscular mass-produced four-door, and also the fastest, with a 327km/h top speed.

The quarter-mile mark arrives in 10.6 seconds at a speed of 207km/h.

The Challenger is powered by the latest supercharged 6.2-litre V8 Hemi engine that has also served in the two-door Dodge Charger coupe Hellcat and Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

Dubbed “Hellcat”, this motor debuted back in 2014 with an unprecedented 527kW and 881Nm on tap.

In 2017 the motor in the Charger coupe received upgrades which spiked the venom levels to 603kW and 1,044 Nm when laced with 100 octane fuel to create a limited edition called the SRT Demon. By then the Challenger sedan had been knocked off its perch by a bevy of faster contenders from Bentley and Alpina.

Now the Challenger reclaims its crown in new SRT Hellcat Redeye guise, and boosting it to 594kW and 959Nm involved fitting a larger-capacity supercharger, and strengthened connecting rods and pistons among other tweaks.

There’s also adaptive damping Bilstein suspension with drive modes that include Auto, Sport and Track. Six-piston Brembo brakes do the stopping and the car features a Launch Control programme.

More fun can be had with the standard fitment of Line Lock, which engages the front brakes to hold the Charger stationary while you fry the rear tyres for heating up or plain hooliganism.

The source of all the fuss is a 6.2-litre supercharged Hemi V8 with outputs of 594kW and 959Nm/
The source of all the fuss is a 6.2-litre supercharged Hemi V8 with outputs of 594kW and 959Nm/
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Though rated with a fuel consumption of 9.3l/100km, Dodge says at full throttle the Dodge SRT Hellcat Redeye consumes 5.4l/min, enough to empty the fuel tank in less than 11 minutes.

The war paint is typically Dodge, with the Hellcat Redeyes featuring widebody kits and fenders hiding fat 20-inch lightweight carbon black wheels shod with 305/35ZR20 Pirelli rubber, and a newly designed and functional performance bonnet.

Inside the race-inspired cabin are standard Laguna leather seats with an SRT Hellcat logo with silver seat and console stitching, light black chrome accents and a Gunmetal SRT Hellcat instrument panel badge, red speedometer and SRT Hellcat Redeye logo on the key fobs.

Dodge products are no longer on sale in SA and thus the fastest saloon remains a US-only unicorn. 

- Additional reporting by Denis Droppa


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