The folks from Dodge recently invited me to travel to Carolina Motorsports Park to test the 2021 Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye. Although it rained on and off during the day, leaving the track damp in some places, I got to push the 797-horsepower sedan to its limits. As you might expect, the newest supercharged Dodge Charger is a stunning performance machine, offering unbelievable acceleration, impressive braking and excellent handling – all in a vehicle that can comfortably seat four adults for the daily drive.
Today, we bring you a look at some videos from testing the 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye at Carolina Motorsports Park, along with a video of SRT engineer Jim Wilder doing a big, nasty burnout.
Let’s be real here – everyone loves burnout videos. With that in mind, I will start with the burnout video featuring SRT engineer and performance guru Jim Wilder doing a smoky burnout in a Go Mango 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye. This burnout was done on the kart track at CMP at the end of our day of track testing. It had rained on and off all day, but the rain really came down hard when we were getting ready to leave.
Fortunately, that didn’t stop Wilder from putting on a smoke show for the departing members of the media.
A Look at the Redeye
The 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye looks practically identical to the non-Redeye Hellcat Charger. They share the same aggressive front end, the same hood, the same standard wheel flares and the same wheel options. The only exterior difference is the red eyes on the Hellcat logos on the fender.
Running Hard on the Track
While it would have been nice if it didn’t rain on the day that I was testing the 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye at Carolina Motorsports Park, the rain slowed enough during our time at the track that we could get some enjoyable, educational seat time. The track remained wet for most of the day and it sprinkled off and on during our track time, but the racing line remained dry enough for most of the day. We had to be careful when climbing into the throttle when exiting a turn, but once pointed straight, the Pirelli tires gripped the surface surprisingly well.
This particular track allowed the Charger Redeye to build and carry impressive amounts of speed on the long straights. The extra power makes a big difference when you are running at wide open throttle, but the torque ramps up quickly when leaving a turned and accelerating through the mid-range.
The long straights were joined by a series of sharp turns, which gave the 15.7-inch Brembo brakes and Bilstein adaptive dampers a chance to shine.
Of course, in addition to handling the corners well, the Dodge Charger Redeye absolutely blasts forward in straight lines. Whether on the straightaways of the road course or cruising on the highway, the supercharged super-sedan pulls like few production cars in the world. Due to the damp ground, I didn’t get to make any 0-60 runs that I would consider to be good, with my best being a spin-fest to 3.9-seconds. However, once you have solid traction, the feeling of 797 horsepower and 707 lb-ft of torque rocketing along the pavement is nothing short of awesome.
If you are looking to buy a 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and you aren’t sure if the Redeye is worth the extra $8,600, I am here to tell you that the 797-horsepower package is worth every cent. Whether you are a fan of hard launches, mid-range pull or top speed runs, the Charger Redeye performs like no other production sedan in the world.
Patrick Rall is a professional writer and photographer with a passion for all things automotive. Patrick has been sharing his automotive expertise in automotive journalism from Detroit for more than a decade covering the Big Three. Having grown up in his father’s performance shop, he spent extensive time at the oval track and drag strip – both driving and wrenching on various types of vehicles. In addition to working as a writer, Patrick previously worked as an automotive technician before moving on to a business office position with a chain of dealerships, and this broad spectrum of experience in the industry allows him to offer a unique look on the automotive world. Follow Patrick on Youtube and Twitter. Find more of Patrick's stories at Torque News Dodge. Search Torque News Dodge for more Dodge Challenger and Charger coverage from our expert reporters.