Dodge makes a bold claim that the 2021 Charger Hellcat Redeye — a 797-horsepower, four-door family sedan that fits three car seats across in the backseat and has a grocery bag hook in the trunk — can not only hit 10s in the quarter-mile, but deep 10s: 10.6 seconds at 129 mph. Why is that significant? It puts it into supercar territory — and also Tesla Ludicrous-mode territory (though it’s not quite Plaid-mode quick).
We gave the Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye its best chance by taking it to Great Lakes Dragaway in Union Grove, Wis., to see if 10.6 seconds is crazy or doable on a quarter-mile drag strip. The Charger is disadvantaged by only having rear-wheel drive, and at the drag strip is slowed by not coming with sticky drag radial tires like other special editions and Hellcats — our car had street-oriented summer tires. But while it may seem silly to take this car to a strip, there are several features that make the Charger right at home there. Plus, if there’s a drag strip near you, it’s likely less than $60 to bring your own car to experience its full acceleration capability in a controlled environment.