The new Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye is properly, astonishingly, maddeningly powerful. It’s received a detuned version of the Challenger Demon’s V8, developing a moderately absurd 786bhp (or a neater 797hp).
For the base model with its 275-section rear tyres, that’s a bit of a worry. Is there enough rubber in the world to keep Redeye owners supplied with fresh rear boots, after all the unintended smoky launches?
But it’s not the only version of the Redeye available. You can also spec it in Widebody form, which means those skinny rear tyres become 305mm wide fatties. In the process, three tenths are cut from the quarter-mile time, giving a figure of 10.8 seconds.
That got us thinking: what cars could this $76k muscle barge theoretically beat on a quarter-mile run? We’ve drawn up the following list of cars which are either a little slower according to the figures, or exactly the same.
The list does need to be taken with a little pinch of salt - the figures used are a mix of manufacturer claimed figures, estimates and real-world tests, and the Redeye isn’t going to be able to do that 10.8sec run every time. Nevertheless, it makes for interesting reading.
And in any case, a drag race between a Redeye and any of these is going to be seriously close. Let’s cross our fingers for some YouTube videos…