The power-operated driver’s seat is joined by a four-spoke steering wheel that frames two sporty gauges and a TFT color screen that welcomes you with the Hellcat logo every time you start the car. Although the speedometer goes to 220 miles per hour (354 kilometers per hour), bear in mind that’s not possible in a bone-stock Redeye, let alone this one.
With the optional widebody kit, the most the Redeye can do is 203 miles per hour (327 kilometers per hour), according to Dodge. An eight-speed automatic produced under license from ZF Friedrichshafen is tasked with channeling the fury hiding under the hood to the rear axle. Due to 797 horsepower and 707 pound-feet (956 Nm) of torque, whoever gets to purchase this droptop is pretty certain to go through rear tires quite often.
Offered by RK Motors Charlotte with the original window sticker and manufacturer’s literature, the head-turning muscle car doesn’t come cheap. Dodge asks $76,925 for the standard-bodied Redeye, whereas the North Carolina-based dealership advertises the convertible for a cool $149,900.
On a different note, it’s worth remembering that Dodge is going to cut back on V8s in favor of the Hurricane straight-six mill and electrified vehicles. A Charger-styled electric muscle car is under development, CAFE standards are getting stricter, and the twin-turbo sixer in the Jeep Grand Wagoneer L makes 510 ponies and 500 pound-feet (678 Nm). Although the HEMI V8 isn’t going the way of the dodo, for the time being, its days are sadly numbered.