2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Triple Threat

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By Dave Ashton

The last Dodge Demon produced went under the auction hammer recently, which kind of left Mopar fans in limbo waiting for the next big vehicle announcement from Dodge. As in life where you wait for ages then three things come along at once, this is the same for Dodge who have now announced a new 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye, an updated Challenger SRT Hellcat and a Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody.

Clearly the Demon was hit, so its influence has now passed down to the rest of the range. The Hellcat Redeye has the Demon’s 6.2-liter Hemi supercharged V8 and now makes 797 horsepower and 707 lb.-feet of torque. This adds up to a quarter-mile time in 10.8 seconds at at 131 mph, 0-60 time in 3.4 seconds and top speed of 203mph. Dodge haven’t added as many horses into the new Hellcat as the Demon, but it’s clearly going to make for a very exciting upgrade. The engine is also mated up to a eight speed automatic transmission.

The Hellcat Redeye will also get 25 big component upgrades, including a 2.4 to 2.7 liters supercharger with a pressure boost increase of 11.6 to 14.5 psi., upgraded connecting rods, valve train, pistons, fuel injection system, secondary fuel pump, wide-body fat fender flares and redlines at 6,500 rpm. Dodge says all this can drain the fuel tank in 11 minutes, but can still get 22 mpg on the highway. The Hellcat Redeye will also get a new logo to differentiate it from the regular Hellcat in the form of ‘a sinister red jewel-like eye design.’

Also adopted from the Demon is the Torque Reserve system which builds boost before they launch (I wonder if it can pop a wheelie like the Demon?!?), along with the intercooler fed air conditioned system for extra cool air intake. There’s even an option of rear end where the standard 2.62:1 can be swapped out for a 3.09:1.

If the above is too juicy for your tastes, then a standard Hellcat will get a 10 hp increase for 2019 up to 717 horses and 656 pound feet of torque. This going through a standard six speed manual transmission or optional eight speed automatic. What is going to be a cool design feature is the dual-snorkel hood on both vehicles, which isn’t just for show but does reduce the temperature by 4°F, not much, but it does all add up. Even if the hood was just completely for show, it’s probably the coolest looking hood design on a Challenger up to now.

The Hellcat Redeye news would be good enough itself, but also announced that the Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody will adopt the fender flares from the Hellcat widebody with ‘Devil’s Rim’ 20×11-inch wheels and 305/35ZR20 Pirellis. This along with larger six piston Brembo front brakes and suspension upgrades. All R/T Scat Pack models we’ll also have the power bulge aluminum hood from a Hellcat.

Last but not least, the Challenger R/T and GT RWD models get a high-performance suspension and upgrade options in the form of paddle shifters, performance, handling package and houndstooth cloth seats.

Pricing doesn’t seem to have been announced at this point, but that’s almost irrelevant as those who missed out on the chance to get their hands on the Demon, can now have arguably one of its offspring in the form of an upgraded Hellcat.

The flipside to this news and how it impacts Demon owners is summed up quite well in the third video below from Demonology.

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