Jalopnik Reviews All of our test drives in one convenient place. The Dodge Challenger is as old as it is impractical. It’s based on an ancient platform, and its looks haven’t changed that dramatically since its 2008 revival. It has the turning radius of a bus and the traction of a cat on hard floors, it guzzles gasoline like its job is to make sure the world runs out of petroleum, and, on some trims, its splitter will scrape the ground more often than a kid’s knees. But if there’s one thing the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye, or any other car on the high end of the Challenger performance lineup, proves, it’s that age and impracticality mean nothing when you’re powerful as hell. If anything, they add to the charm. (Full disclosure: I asked Fiat Chrysler if I could drive the new Hellcat Redeye for a week, and, as always, put my cat inside of it for photos. FCA obliged.) The Redeye, with its optional rear seat and widebody fenders, is a 4,492-pound land torpedo whose target can either be the road ahead or the nearest lamppost, depending on whether the driver gives the car the concentration and respect it requires. It’s also the most ridiculous Hellcat yet, sending 797 horsepower from its supercharged, 6.2-liter Hemi V8 to the rear wheels, compared to the regular Hellcat’s modest, anemic, how-do-you-even-merge-with-that 717 HP, and receiving trickle-down features from the limited-run, 840-HP, street-legal Demon dragster. Like the Demon, the Redeye also… [Read full story]
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