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The 2022 Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye Has A Big Flaw

2022 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye

The 2022 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye is known to ooze with power and performance.

Boasting a 6.2L V8 gas engine with eight-speed automatic transmission, the much-vaunted Redeye is often seen as one the fastest and most powerful street-legal car commonly available to the general public.

“The 2022 Charger can be pleasantly pushy, utterly ballistic, or something in between. The option of having a V8 in a non-luxury sedan these days is rare. It’s this or the Chrysler 300, which is a close relation,” an expert on Kelley Blue Book writes.

“Anyone buying a Hellcat also receives a day’s tuition in high-performance driving included in the price. They’re going to need it, because few people get to spend much time in such high-horsepower machines. How fast is the Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye? It leaps from standstill to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds and can hit a top speed of 203 mph. The 717-horsepower Hellcat is also phenomenal. Both cars will catapult toward the horizon as soon as the driver even thinks about pressing the accelerator—slight exaggeration, but you get the idea,” he continues.

The Flaw: Fuel Economy Out the Window

However, do keep in mind that none of the Charger variants are noticeably careful with gasoline. The car’s basic weight and size contribute to this situation. But anyone wanting a rear-drive, V8-powered large sedan probably isn’t too worried about fuel economy.

This fact was noticed by Duncan Brady at Motor Trend, who was able to spend ten days and 1,670 miles with the 2021 version of the vehicle.

“The Charger Hellcat Redeye exhibits overconsumption to the point of waste. In my first week with the car, I averaged 10.5 mpg. Following my 1,000-mile weekend road trip, that number rose to an acceptable 18.3 mpg. Hear me out, though: 1,670 miles at 18.3 mpg comes to 91.3 gallons of gas,” he writes.

“Watching multiple Priuses and plug-in hybrid Ford Fusions pass by had me temporarily yearning for a fuel sipper; 797 horses don’t do you much good when they’re bridled behind a truck, fearing starvation,” he continues.

New Set of Tires on Hand

Be aware that the vehicle is ultra-tough on tires as well. “I’m not an angry person, but you should see the way this thing hates tires. Heard of line lock? It’s included as a ‘drag racing’ feature that locks the front brakes while leaving the rears wide open for easy burnouts, in theory to heat up the tires and increase traction for an optimal launch. Even without line lock, the Redeye is constantly punishing its rubber. … When we returned the Redeye ten days later, they were nearly bald,” Brady writes.

Ethen Kim Lieser is a Washington state-based Science and Tech Editor who has held posts at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek, and Arirang TV. Follow or contact him on LinkedIn.

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Ethen Kim Lieser is a Washington state-based Science and Tech Editor who has held posts at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek, and Arirang TV.

7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. DAVID A LEITHREN

    October 5, 2021 at 2:13 pm

    Any performance car, whether a Camaro, Mustang, Challenger, Charger, Porsche, BMW ETC are going to go thru tires and be bad on mpg. This is to be expected when you purchase a vehicle of this nature..
    If you buy a vehicle of this nature you should already know this. If you got 18+ mpg on a trip in the Charger that is pretty damn good for car with over 700+ hp. If you buy one if these type vehicles thinking you are buying a economical inexpensive to operate vehicle, you are in the wrong market. Plus you are going to pay higher insurance premiums. This is nothing new. Was no different during performance error in the 60’s & 70’s. Back then you would never get 18+ mpg on a trip. So quit running the products down saying there is a flaw in the vehicles. These vehicle are meant for performance and these are the issues that come with owning this type of vehicle. If you can’t handle those facts but a Totota Corolla.

  2. Stanley Zambalis

    October 5, 2021 at 3:34 pm

    Snow flake extraordinaire.
    Run and hide the world is ending.
    What about the production electric that is coming. No mention. Just negative brain washing. Typical

  3. Joaquina A

    October 5, 2021 at 3:34 pm

    DAVID A LEITHREN, I agree. My Challenger SRT Hellcat is a great car for a road trip and a ton of fun to “exercise”, but she is a thirsty devil and loves “new shoes”.

  4. Paul Harm

    October 5, 2021 at 3:47 pm

    You ruined the tires in that short of time means you don’t know how to drive a performance vehicle and yes you would get poor gas mileage. I grew up with 413, 426, and 440 HP engines and didn’t ruin tires like you did.

  5. Jaime A Bryant

    October 5, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    I Have A CDL License And Know About Respecting Such A Vehicle. I’m On My 4th One Now And Get Alot Of Comments And Looks About The Car As I Debadged It. The Look Really Hasn’t Changed Much In 10yrs ,but The Advancement Has Made The Details Awesome. Great Work!!

  6. Perry Anthony

    October 6, 2021 at 9:32 am

    The Hellcat has another very serious problem that nobody has bothered to mention, it is a DODGE!!!

  7. Dodge tech

    October 6, 2021 at 10:32 am

    Who cares if dodge makes its 707 hp for cheap and who would take a 707 hp car on a road trip anyways. The mds does help but if ur stomping on it or driving in any mode but default u will suck gas i was gonna get a hell charger but got a scat charger instead because when i was on the sawgrass on hellcat test drive i ran 90 for like 5min and saw the gas needle slowly going down… hellcats and demons and made for the track and weekends not everyday all day driving simpwads

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