When it comes to high-performance four-door sedans, it’s usually the Germans that everyone is looking for. However, there are two American propositions that manage to combine fourth-door functionality with large supercharged V-8s: the Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye Jailbreak and the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing. Both celebrate the end of a glorious era of thirsty, supercharged V-8s, but while the Cadillac wants to be a well-dressed gentleman with a hidden dark side, the Dodge wants an unabashed, tank-top-wearing, beer-drinking maniac, full-time. Here are a few reasons why the Hellcat Redeye Jailbreak might be the better muscle car.
It’s more muscular
It doesn’t take long to notice that the Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye Jailbreak is the more “in your face” car of the two. While the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing looks like it’s wearing a tuxedo, the Dodge Charger looks like it’s constantly flexing its muscles. The front of the MOPAR has a lot more vents and creases, compared to the more understated Cadillac.
One thing you can’t miss is the Charger’s giant hood, which is functional like the rest of the front vents. Last but not least, the Charger Jailbreak Edition comes exclusively with the widebody, which has well-defined flared wheel arches. In comparison, the CT5-V Blackwing has a very clean side profile, with few creases. The Cadillac also lacks a bulge on the hood or a hood scoop. A muscle car is never about being discreet and it seems that no one is better at bending than MOPARs.
The Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye Jailbreak Edition is the swan song of MOPAR muscle as we know it. As such, you can specify a Jailbreak Edition however you like, with very few (if any) restrictions. The Jailbreak lets you individually choose the side mirror finish, wheel finish (there are also multiple wheel choices), brake caliper color, of which there are seven options, and even the badge finish.
More power, baby!
Muscle Cars is all about power. More specifically, cram the largest possible engine into the smallest possible car. While there’s nothing small about the Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye Jailbreak Edition (exhale), it packs a lot more punch than the sleeker Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing. While both American supersedans feature supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engines, the Charger’s HEMI delivers 807 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 959 Nm (707 pound-feet) at 4,600 rpm.
In comparison, the 6.2-liter LT4 unit in the Cadillac has “only” 668 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 893 Nm (893 Nm) at 3,600 rpm, thanks to Cadillac’s own internal modifications. One place where the Cadillac offers something the Charger doesn’t is in the transmission department. Since November 2021, Dodge’s supercharged models are only available with the ZF, eight-speed automatic.
The CT5-V Blackwing is available with a 10-speed, 10L90, automatic transmission, as well as a Tremec TR-6060, six-speed manual transmission. Both cars send power to the rear wheels only.
A tougher interior
The Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing is aimed directly at the German trio and you can tell by the amount of attention GM has put into making it as luxurious as a Cadillac should be. But while luxury is great, it’s not what muscle cars are about. In comparison, the Charger Jailbreak’s interior is more robust and possibly a little outdated.
The Charger’s interior is a bit tackier than the Cadillac, but it’s also sportier, with optional carbon fiber inserts and, oddly for a $100,000 car, a Jeep Renegade center console. Anyway, despite being a bit more utilitarian than the Cadillac, the Charger’s interior is still a great place to be, and it fits in with the muscle car philosophy.
Crazy color options
If there’s one thing we know about classic MOPARs, it’s that you can order them in some pretty crazy colors. Even now, the image of a Plum Crazy Challenger, SubLime Cuda or a Hemi Orange Charger probably pops up. Fortunately, Chrysler has kept the tradition of offering bold colors and mixing them with some darker tones.
The Jailbreak is available in various flamboyant colors. In the light corner we have the iconic Go Mango, Torred, White Knuckle, Tripple Nickel and a color yet to be revealed. The dark side of the Jailbreak Edition color palette includes Pitch Black, Sinnamon Stick, Octane Red, Hellraisin, Smoke Show, Granite, Indigo Blue, Frostbite, and F8 Green.
Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing has some epic color options of its own, such as Electric Blue, Blaze Orange Metallic, Infrared Tintcoat, Wave Blue Metallic and even Dark Emerald Frost. The rest of the options are Summit White, Rift Metallic, Satin Steel Metallic, Shadow Metallic and Black Raven, which are just a little more understated than what you’d find on the Jailbreak options list and more suited to an under-the-radar, high- performance luxury car than a dinosaur-powered V-8 earthquake-generating machine.