2022 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Jailbreak | Car Review

Come around and let me tell you about when Dodge sold the best middle finger ever waving at those damn electric cars

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ONTARIO, Canada, the year 2040—

Little Ronnie: Hey, great-grandfather Bleakney, can you pull out your old scrapbook and tell me some more stories about those noisy, hell-burning cars you drove when you had teeth?

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GGB: Well, sure, Ronnie. They were called internal-combustion cars, and just before they were banned, some manufacturers went crazy and made the craziest things imaginable. Oh, here’s a good one! The Dodge Challenger Widebody Hellcat Redeye Jailbreak. That had to be the best middle finger ever waved at that stupid herd of electric cars. What an exit, I tell you. Went out into the glorious sunset in a haze of tire smoke and CO2. And the racket that made 807 horsepower 6.2L V8! Like a stabbed hyena tied to a moose in love. I can still hear it.

LR: Oooh. Tell me more, great-grandfather.

GGB: Like I said, Dodge had gone through the deep end. By then the Challenger was old, but it didn’t matter. People kept buying them, so the unhinged SRT engineers at Dodge kept raising the bar. Wider body, bigger tires, amazing paint colors and of course more power. But this big old boat was amiable and managed to combine everyday comfort with real Depends-filling acceleration. Hit the merry pedal at 100 mph and the Jailbreak would spin its tires and get looser than a ten-gallon hat on a bald squirrel. haha! And launch control. Good guy! They should have called it launch-your-lunch control. My friend in the back seat almost broke down. I think I should have warned him…

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LR: What is a happy pedal? What are depends?

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GGB: Watch out, son. This is getting complicated. If memory serves me well, the Jailbreak option was $1,295, and only applied to the Hellcat Redeye Widebody, and it increased the horsepower from 797 to 807. It also unlocked a number of factory-specific options, including paint colors, striping, seats, badges, and wheels. Do you see this in the picture? That stripe cost $1,245, the seats were Hammerhead Gray and the paint was called Smoke Show. I remember putting on a good smoke show thanks to Line Lock, which locked the front brakes so you could spin the rear wheels until those expensive 305/35ZR20 Pirelli P Zeros turned to vaporized rubber.

LR: Why would you want to do that, great-grandfather? That sounds stupid and childish.

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GGB: And your point is? haha! Seriously though, there was nothing terribly serious about the Dodge Challenger Widebody Hellcat Redeye Jailbreak. It was a glorious, rolling cartoon character that made little sense, which is why we loved it. That, and its 807 horsepower and 707 lb-ft tire shredding torque.

LR: But with the jailbreak so big and heavy and built on an antediluvian, albeit perpetually updated Mercedes-Benz platform, this muscular throwback was just a dumb rectilinear resident, or managed to show a bit of enthusiasm as the asphalt turned twisty. ?

GGB: What do you say?

LR: Could it handle?

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2022 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody Jailbreak
2022 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody Jailbreak Photo by Peter Bleakney

GGB: Surprisingly, yes. Sure, it wasn’t as sharp as a Mustang or Camaro, but it was well-sorted, with a well-balanced chassis, tight cornering and a nice steering feel. The Widebody got an adaptive competition suspension. Taking into account the powerful brakes and the excellent eight-speed ZF gearbox, and the Jailbreak made for a very pleasant package. Plus, it looked seriously bad.

LR: How much has all this trouble cost, great-grandfather?

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GGB: Watch your language, son. haha! All this madness was not cheap. The base price for the 2022 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat was $81,265, and this Jailbreak checked in at $126,370 after the $27,295 Widebody package, $4,495 Laguna Leather package, and a bunch of other stuff. But damn, I wish I had bought one. Actually, I wish I had bought ten. Do you know how much these things are going for now? Mother of pearl, I would be rich, I tell you. Empire!

LR: One more question for your nap, great-grandfather. Why does this car have such a long name?

GGB: Well, Ronnie, in reference to the happy pedal mentioned above, you had to press it really hard by the time you get “Dodge Challenger WTF Widebody Hellcat Jeeezuz Redeye I Want My Mommy Holy Snappin’ Turtles Jailbreak!!!” called out. you could be arrested, tried, imprisoned and, with any luck, broken out.

LR: What does “WTF” stand for, great-grandfather?

GGB: Um, ah – “Broad tires fried!”

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