|Positives: Insane amounts of power on tap, incredible supercharger whine is intoxicating, turns heads like nothing else, room for five.
|Negatives: Purple hue is a bit much, interior is as old as the hills, drinks gas like water, begs to get followed by the cops.
|Bottom Line: There's nothing on the road like this four-door muscled rocket sled, and it's the end of an era. There's nothing remotely subtle about the Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody Jailbreak, and that's why we love it so.
The Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody Jailbreak gets its name from the power bump it gets, upping the supercharged Hemi V8's power from 797 to 807. The difference might be lost on most, but the extra 10 is actually noticeable. While it's 1 hp shy of the now-extinct Demon, it's not lacking one bit.
Ride Quality: You feel every bump because the suspension, huge wheels, and wide tires send the message clearly. We don't mind, and it's pretty much what we expect.
Acceleration: 0-60 comes very quickly, 3.5 seconds to be exact. While it's not as slam-you-in-your-seat as a BMW i4 M50i xDrive, the sheer thrust is alarming. The supercharger whine is a delight to listen to (for most folks, that is, including us).
Braking: The powerful Brembo brakes make quick work of stopping the big, heavy Charger. Brake modulation and pedal feel are very good.
Steering: The huge steering wheel provides very little in the way of feedback, and it feels disconnected and numb, which makes it harder to drive the car fast.
Handling: The Charger in this trim level corners amazingly flat, but the sheer weight of the thing (4,586 pounds of it) makes it hard to push in the corners. This car is still meant more for the open road and sweeping curves more than it is for sharp turns and tight spaces.
Dodge's in-car tech is just right for the most powerful charger. While the interior is a bit dated, the touchscreen has just the right amount of technology that's smartly paired with good, reliable physical controls that are properly sized for a car with this much power.
Infotainment System: Uconnect 4C and the accompanying 8.4-inch landscape-oriented touchscreen work very well with very little lag, easy visuals, and a clear menu to navigate. We love the Performance pages that record just about every detail you'd want to see about the way the Charger drives.
Controls: The shift knob is easy, as are the climate and audio controls. Sure, a lot of it looks dated, but they make the Charger easier to drive, and you can focus on the road instead of finding the right function on a screen.
The only other car on the planet that kinda looks like the SRT Charger is its two-door brother, the Challenger. The car looks angry, fun, menacing, comical, aggressive, and all of the other extreme adjectives you can think of. The Hellraisin' purple paint and the Brass Monkey wheels add even more craziness to the mix, and we love it. The interior, although comfortable, is just a bit too dated for our liking.
Front: The front fascia is actually quite cleanly styled, given the totally in-your-face nature of the car. The grille and intakes look great, and the headlights are well integrated. The black mesh pattern is the same in the upper and lower grilles, as well as in the functional hood scoop.
Rear: The back of the Charger SRT looks even better than the front. The huge full-width taillights meld nicely with the spoiler and the twin round pipes. We also love the big rear fenders and wide body stance. It's one of the best-looking American cars from the back end.
Profile: The short front and rear overhangs, big body creases, Brass Monkey wheels, and the orange brake calipers lend a perfectly aggressive look from the side view.
Cabin: We wouldn't call the interior attractive because there's a lot of bulk to the dash, and the styling is dated. Dodge did their best to make this top-tier Charger look a bit nicer inside with Alcantara suede and premium leather, but you still can't escape the oversized steering wheel, acres of dark plastic, and a lot of thickness everywhere.
We wouldn't call the interior truly spacious for a big sedan, but beggars can't be choosers. At least the front seats provide solid amounts of space, and occupants in the back get solid legroom but tight headroom. The materials overall are fine, but for a car that's kissing six figures, it could be much better. We get that Dodge isn't going to spend any money on revising any of this car because the sun is setting on it next year.
Front Seats: The big seats are very comfortable and have tons of bolstering and the right amount of cushioning. Adjustability is good, as is the seating position. The leather is also quite nice.
Rear Seats: The back seat is a little bit tight on headroom at 36.6 (due to the sloping roof) but a commodious 40 inches of legroom. The outboard seats are comfortable, but the middle occupant suffers due to the center console HVAC vents and the raised cushion and bulging seatback.
NVH (noise/vibration/harshness): The cabin is pretty solid with no squeaks or rattles, but you do hear the boisterous supercharger whine, which is actually music to our ears.
Visibility: Visibility is pretty good out the front and sides, but the back is compromised due to thick pillars.
Climate: The heated and ventilated seats work quickly and effectively. Overall airflow is very good, and we had no trouble getting cold air running on warmer days.
The Dodge Charger line is a mixed bag when it comes to safety tests. One testing body gave it mediocre scores, while the other gave it the highest rating. The details show something that errs more on decently safe but not superb.
IIHS Rating: The Charger fails to win any awards, and its demerits include a "marginal" for the Small overlap front driver-side crash test, poor headlights, and margin LATCH ease of use.
NHTSA Rating: The feds gave the Charger five stars, but the Charger's rear passengers fare better in side impacts than the front passengers do in a frontal or side impact.
Standard Tech: The Charger line comes with Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning, Automatic High-Beam Headlamps, Advanced Brake Assist, Ready Alert Braking, Hill Start Assist, Head Restraints, ParkSense Rear Park–Assist System, ParkView Rear Back–Up Camera, Blind–Spot and Cross–Path Detection.
Optional Tech: None.
As nuts as this Charger is in terms of looks and power, it's actually quite practical when it comes to interior storage and cargo space. As we mentioned before, there are no big domestic sedans left (the Chevy Impala, Buick Lacrosse, Ford Taurus, and the Cadillac CT6 are all gone), so you have to compare the Charger to premium brands like BMW, Audi, Lexus, and Genesis.
Storage Space: The cabin has good storage options that include sizeable armrest, a center cubby with a retractable door, and good door pockets.
Cargo Room: 16.5 cubic feet of space is pretty good when it comes to luggage and grocery space. That's more than the Audi A6, BMW 5-Series, Lexus ES, and Genesis G80.
Anybody who thinks this 807-hp monster will get anything in the ballpark of good gas mileage is a moron. You'll mash the pedal whenever you can just to exploit the power. That said, 21 highway really isn't all that bad for a car like this.
Observed: 14.7 mpg
Distance Driven: 185 miles.
Our tester came outfitted with the $1,995 Harman Kardon Audio Group that comes with a whopping 19 Harman Kardon GreenEdge Speakers, a Harman Kardon GreenEdge Amplifier, and Surround Sound capability. The system sounds great (but not as great as the engine). It has plenty of bass and fullness, and the cabin is awash i great sound with no distortion. The system is well worth it.