The 797 horsepower 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye has been named the winner of the New England Motor Press Association’s (NEMPA) Pure Power Award at its annual Ragtop Awards. Engineered and designed to appeal to an even broader muscle car enthusiast audience, the heart of the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye comes from its limited-production big brother – the SRT Demon. The supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® high-output V-8 engine is rated at 797 horsepower and 707 lb.-ft. of torque and is mated to a TorqueFlite 8HP90 8-speed automatic transmission.
“The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye easily earned the NEMPA Pure Power Award, with nearly 800 horsepower on tap, quarter-mile times just over 10 seconds and a top speed over 200 miles per hour, this is one unique ride,” said John Paul, NEMPA President. “In a world of powerful four-cylinder engines, there is still no substitute for cubic inches and torque. To steal the title from Ray Bradbury, ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’ describes the 6.2-liters of supercharged performance of the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye and why it deserved the title of NEMPA Pure Power.”
The news comes as the brand recently announced the launch of the new 808-horsepower Challenger SRT Super Stock, the newest Dodge drag-racing machine. Based on the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, the Challenger SRT Super Stock is basically an SRT Demon, without its trans brake and high-octane mode. The car is capable of a 0 to 60 mph time of 3.25-seconds, a quarter-mile time of 10.5-seconds at 131 mph, and a top speed of 168 mph (limited by its 315/40R18 Nitto NT05R drag radials).
Unlike the SRT Demon, the SRT Super Stock is not limited in production and will continue as the ultimate Dodge drag-racing model in the 2021 model year. Dealer orders for the 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock are scheduled to open this summer with production starting at Brampton Assembly Plant this fall. They are scheduled to start arriving at Dodge//SRT dealerships later this year.
NEMPA members evaluated a wide variety of vehicles from various manufacturers that covered several categories. Journalists cycled through each vehicle throughout New England leading up to the official day of testing and scoring that took place in February at NEMPA headquarters in Middleborough, Massachusetts.