If it wasn’t for COVID, it’s enough to make you want to move to America — just for a Dodge.
While Australia seems hell bent on killing off its V8 powered muscle cars, Dodge in the United States has just pulled the covers off two sledgehammer versions of the Charger and Challenger.
In fact, it reckons the Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock Is the World’s Quickest and Most Powerful Muscle Car.
While the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye is billed as the most powerful and fastest mass-produced sedan in the world
It might have something to do with the reworked supercharged 6.2-litre HEMI high-output V-8 engine that now pumps out a seriously impressive 602kW (807hp) of power and 959Nm (707 ft-lb) of torque.
That’s in the Super Stock.
In the Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye the same engine produces 594kW and 959Nm.
You see one’s geared differently from the other, which is reflected in their respective performance figures, — but make no mistake — because they both go hard.
Featuring a revised powertrain calibration that pushes the shift point from 6300 to 6400 rpm, Challenger SRT Super Stock delivers a power output of 807 horsepower on ordinary fuel — a 7.5kW (10hp) boost over the standard SRT Hellcat Redeye,
In addition to the new calibration, the Super Stock is built on a standard Widebody and features new suspension, standard Brembo brakes, and a wheel and drag radial combination designed to give customers better hook off the line.
Uniquely tuned Bilstein high-performance Adaptive Damping Suspension (ADS) helps to shift as much weight as possible to the rear tires at launch for maximum traction.
In Track mode the front Bilstein shocks are set for firm compression and soft rebound damping, while the rear shocks are set for firm compression and firm rebound damping.
That configuration is maintained as long as the car runs at wide open throttle.
When the driver backs off the gas pedal, the system switches to soft compression and firm rebound, front and rear, for improved handling.
In Track mode the traction control system is disabled to enable the rear wheels to spin for a burnout, but the electronic stability control system remains engaged to help the driver with straight-line performance.
By way of explanation, Charger is the four-door and Challenger is the two-door version of the pair.
Standard SRT Super Stock features include:
Lightweight 18-inch-by-11-inch wheels in Low Gloss Granite finish, riding on sticky 315/40R18 Nitto NT05R drag radials at all four corners
Lightweight all-aluminium Brembo four-piston brake calipers and 14.2-inch vented rotors
Performance-tuned asymmetrical limited-slip differential with a 3.09 final drive ratio
Largest factory supercharger of any production car – 2.7 litres versus 2.4 litres
Increased boost pressure: 14.5 psi versus 11.6 psi
Higher rpm limit: 6500 rpm versus 6200 rpm
Fuel: Two dual-stage fuel pumps versus one:
At full throttle, the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye consumes 5.4 litres/min) of fuel – enough to drain the fuel tank in just under 11 minutes
Larger induction air box with three sources of intake air:
Functional, newly designed performance hood
Mail-slot grille opening
Air box opening near wheel liner
“Ask anyone who has ever driven a street car on low-profile performance tires and then back to back on drag radials with increased sidewall, and they will tell you the difference is game-changing,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, North America.
Kuniskis added: “The SRT Super Stock package allows the Challenger Redeye to launch harder and pick-up three car lengths in the quarter-mile.”
Dodge’s two sledgehammers deliver the following figures:
0-100km/h in 2.02 seconds (0-60 mph 3.25 seconds)
Quarter-mile elapsed time of 10.5 seconds 211km/h (131 mph)
270km/h top speed (168 mph) – tyre-limited
0-100km/h (not stated)
Quarter-mile elapsed time of 10.6 seconds 208km/h (129 mph)