Dodge doesn’t sell a convertible version of the Challenger muscle car. But for many years Droptop Customs has been chopping these SRT-powered brutes, and I’ve never seen a Hellcat Redeye for sale before.
To help that information sink in a little, the world’s most powerful convertible is the Ferrari 812 GTS Spider which uses its V12 to produce 789 hp (800 PS), and it costs about $400,000. Of course, you could also make the case for some Targa Koenigseggs that make about double that, but those are even more expensive and rare.
Anyway, if a Redeye Convertible would be made by Dodge, it might even claim to be “the most powerful production convertible,” a bit like the Durango Hellcat has its own little title. Alas, this is a custom job, and it costs a fair bit more money than MRSP.
The Hellcat Redeye Convertible is currently for sale with RK Motors out of Charlotte. With 70 miles on the clock, this 2021 model is basically brand new and looks frightening even when standing still, especially if you already know what’s under the hood.
The Redeye model takes the already potent SRT Hellcat HEMI to the next level: 797 horsepower and 707 lb-ft of torque thanks to a bigger 2.7-liter supercharger and other upgraded internals, making it a 10-second car.
This serious piece of quarter-mile equipment has Line Lock on ts TorqueFlite 8HP90 auto, launch control, adaptive SRT suspension and some big brakes.
Like I said in a previous story, Droptop Customs have been chopping Challengers for many years and they even made prototypes for Dodge when Chrysler was considering offering such a car. They already know how to strengthen the chassis to cope with the loss of rigidity from the roof.
The Redeye receives a custom white leather interior from the company, as well as the custom power-operated folding roof, which matches the white of the seats. It’s got a glass insert for visibility and the rear quarter glass that would be fixed in place normally is now powered.
The stock Redeye would have cost you $81,130. Of course, this example has quite a few nice options and was probably subject to dealer markups in addition to the costly convertible transformation.
At $149,900, this isn’t exactly cheap. You can buy some used convertible supercars, a Jaguar F-Type V8 roadster, or a nice Porsche 911 Cabriolet for that money. But the Redeye Convertible appeals to the most hardcore Dodge fans who want what nobody else has. And can you imagine the supercharged Hellcat motor screaming in an open-top car? You don’t have to; it’s already happening in the video below.