The Texas Department of Public Safety has a new vehicle in its Highway Patrol fleet. Interestingly, it’s not a new hybrid version of a Ford Explorer Interceptor, but a gas-guzzling 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody. As elaborate as the name of this muscle car are its performance figures. The reason for this is that the Hellcat Redeye in the Texas DPS fleet has been modified to produce an eye-watering 1,080 horsepower, a huge leap over the standard 797 horsepower. This vehicle was recently awarded to the Texas DPS after they first caught it in a high speed chase last year. However, this one is not the only one Cleverness Challenger in the agency’s Highway Patrol fleet. A donated 2013 Challenger SRT8 is also currently in use at the department.
The what, why and how of this Challenger Hellcat Redeye
The 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody that the Texas Department of Public Safety has in its highway patrol lineup was part of a high-speed chase last April. This Dodge was caught by a Texas DPS plane while engaged in dangerous street racing with another vehicle. A trooper attempted to stop this vehicle, but it fled, resulting in a 160 mph chase. Eventually, the Challenger ran out of fuel and police were able to apprehend the driver after a brief foot chase.
The car, seized in this chase, was awarded to the Texas DPS by a judge in January of this year. The Facebook post shows us that this 1,080 horsepower Challenger is now sporting a shiny Texas DPS highway patrol livery done by a local Texas company. Not only this, but it also comes with the complete set of lights and sirens, so that any lawbreaker who uses public streets as a racetrack will know that it is the police on their heels when he is followed by this “fast and devilish looking car “, according to the agency.
In addition to using this Hellcat Redeye Widebody for law enforcement, the Texas Department of Public Safety will also deploy it at various community events.
What’s under the hood of this Hellcat Redeye Widebody
Under the hood of every 2020 Hellcat Redeye lives a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine producing 797 horsepower and 707 lb-ft of torque. This engine sends its power to the rear wheels using an 8-speed automatic transmission. In its standard form, this setup takes the Challenger from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.2 seconds, with a standing quarter-mile time of just 12.3 seconds and a top speed of 202 km/h. These numbers are impressive considering that this muscle car weighs 4,492 pounds.
The Hellcat Redeye added to the Texas DPS Highway Patrol fleet has undergone some modifications as it produces 1,080 horsepower, significantly more than the standard form of this car. However, the agency did not share the list of aftermarket goodies added to this Challenger’s powertrain. It will most likely get a bigger supercharger, powerful exhaust and engine mapping to improve its performance. Whatever these upgrades are, they will help the Highway Patrol catch criminals quickly.
For the 2020 model year, the Challenger Hellcat received Redeye Bilstein adaptive suspension shocks, with front and rear sway bars. Additionally, 20-inch aluminum wheels were standard on this muscle car, and they were finished in a carbon black color scheme and wrapped in Pirelli tires. According to the images Texas DPS released in their Facebook post, the suspension on this Hellcat Redeye Widebody retains its stock shape, as do the wheels and tires.
The images shared by Texas DPS also show that this Challenger retains its factory Brembo brakes, which provide impressive stopping power thanks to four-wheel vented discs. However, they may have to work harder to tame the increased power of the 6.2-liter V8.
But stopping this monstrous muscle car won’t be the only challenge the agency faces. They will also have to avoid running out of fuel too quickly. In stock form, the Hellcat Redeye Widebody has an EPA estimated fuel economy of 13 MPG in the city, 21 MPG on the highway and 15 MPG combined. But of course these numbers would have dropped significantly with the performance upgrades.
This Challenger HellCat Redeye will serve the officers well
The Texas DPS has not shared any images of the interior of their Highway Patrol Hellcat Redeye. However, it is likely that just like the exterior, the interior of this muscle car will also receive a “Cop Car” treatment. As standard, the Hellcat Redeye gets a cabin that’s quite comfortable and gets all the latest features, which should be enough to make the officers who drive it very happy.
For example, both front seats are electrically adjustable and offer extra lumbar support. In addition, there is a tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel, front and rear cup holders, dual-zone automatic climate control and cruise control, to name a few.
The 2020 Challenger Hellcat Redeye Widebody is missing some driver assistance features such as adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and rear cross traffic alert. But it will keep Texas DPS officers safe with many other safety features, such as six airbags, electronic stability control and traction control.
Source: Texas DPS, Dodge