2019 Dodge Challenger Boasts 797-hp SRT Hellcat Redeye

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, Automotive Editor - June 29, 2018

After some teasers, the 2019 Dodge Challenger and Challenger SRT Hellcat models have been revealed. The large news for the Challenger lineup is the addition of the new Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye. While the Challenger SRT Demon has come and gone, the SRT Hellcat Redeye borrows some parts from the track-focused monster to make something that's a little friendlier for daily use.

As its name implies, the SRT Hellcat Redeye's Hellcat logo has red eyes that hint toward its more visceral performance. Power, which every Hellcat fan should know by now, comes from a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 that generates 797 horsepower and 707 pound-feet of torque. The transmission is an eight-speed automatic gearbox that routes power to the rear wheels.

Those figures aren't that far off of the SRT Demon's, which was good for 840 hp and 770 lb-ft of torque. With that kind of power, the SRT Hellcat Redeye can get to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds and can complete the quarter mile in 10.8 seconds at 131 mph. The muscle car tops out at 203 mph.

While the SRT Hellcat Redeye isn't as powerful as the SRT Demon, the new model borrows some parts from its drag-oriented brother. The 2.7-liter unit supercharger, for instance, is the same, as is the car's increased redline of 6,500 rpm. Other parts that are from the SRT Demon include two dual-stage fuel pumps, 41-spline half shafts, high-strength steel prop shafts, the Power Chiller and After-Run Chiller (to help cool everything down after some hard drag runs), and the electronic nannies to help the car down the strip quickly.

The new SRT Hellcat Redeye is expected to start at roughly $70,000.

While the SRT Hellcat Redeye will fill the void for consumers that couldn't get their hands on a Demon, the regular – if you can even call it that – SRT Hellcat lineup gets more power. The supercharged 6.2-liter V8 now makes 717 hp and 656 lb-ft of torque. Horsepower is up by 10, while torque has been increased by six lb-ft. The vehicle's quarter mile time has dropped, as well, to 10.9 seconds from 11.7 seconds.

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To get that kind of performance, you'll need to opt for the available Widebody option. Going with the regular body style brings that time down by 0.3 seconds. The SRT Hellcat also gets some of the electric aids from the Demon, which includes Launch Control, Torque Reserve, Launch Assist, and Line Lock.

Changes have been made to the Challenger lower down the line, too. Fans wanting the look of a Hellcat in a R/T Scat Pack can now opt for the Widebody body style. While the model won't have the same punch, as the more powerful Hellcat models, it's not exactly slow thanks to its 485-hp, 6.4-liter V8. Launch Control, Line Lock, and Launch Assist have been added to the R/T Scat Pack, too, on top of an SRT-tuned chassis and upgraded suspension components. Dodge claims that the R/T Scat Pack will start at $40,000.

Dodge has clearly been busy as it attempts to keep the Challenger relevant. The automaker has also given the two-door a retro dual-snorkel hood on Hellcat models that Mopar fans will recall from the 1960s and ‘70s. Besides looking cool, the new hood design reportedly allows the engine to get maximum airflow.

Deliveries for the 2019 Challenger lineup will begin in the fourth quarter of 2018.

, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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