2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye
We’ll give you just a moment to let you settle down after reading the title. Yes, Dodge has unveiled their new 2019 Dodge Challenger lineup and the big news is the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye. The Redeye gets very close to the performance of the Demon in a package that will keep up with many modern supercars.
To make things better, the SRT Hellcat Redeye is not just about straight line speed. Especially in the widebody variant it can do pretty well on the track. We’ve driven the previous generation of the Hellcat on the track and it was no slouch, but the Redeye takes that up to an 11.
Exterior styling at first glance is much like the first generation Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat that debuted for the 2015 model year. But take a closer look and you start to notice details, such as the new hood scoops. The dual snorkel design harkens back to the some of Dodge’s muscle cars from the past. Cars like the 1970 Dart Swinger and 1971 Demon.
The widebody version gets distinctive fender flares that resemble the styling of the Demon. This means that larger tires can be used allowing for more contact with the pavement.
At the heart of the Redeye is a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8 that can rev up to 6,500 RPMs. The result is a power plant that pumps out 797 horsepower and 707 lb.-ft. of torque. The car uses the largest factory supercharger that you can find at 2.7-liters. Compare that to the 2.4-liter unit used by the standard Hellcat. The boost was increased to 14.5 psi versus the 11.6 psi used in the normal Hellcat.
Beyond the larger supercharger, the Hellcat Redeye also gets strengthened connecting rods and pistons, high-speed valve train, a better fuel injection system and an improved lubrication system. All of this was sourced from the Demon.
The powerful engine is mated to a TorqueFlite 8HP90 eight-speed automatic transmission. While many would like to have a traditional six-speed manual as an option (you can still get that in the normal Hellcat), there is no question that the Redeye is fast. Just how fast? 0-60 mph comes in just 3.4 seconds and it can hit the quarter mile in a mere 10.8 seconds at 131 mph. Flat out it can hit a top speed of 203 mph.
When floored the Hellcat Redeye uses so much gas that it can drain its tank in just 11 minutes. It’s enough to start a small oil crisis. However, if you drive normal it can manage a very respectable 22 mpg, but where’s the fun in that?
If you go for the narrow body Hellcat Redeye you get standard 20 x 9.5-inch SRT Low Gloss Black lightweight performance wheels. New 20 x 9.5-inch split five-spoke wheels with a Brass Monkey finish are also available.
When you choose the widebody package you get split-five spoke, 20 x 11-inch “Devil’s Rim” forged aluminum wheels. Helping connect all the power to the road are sticky 305/35ZR20 Pirelli P-Zero tires, resulting in improved performance while accentuating the menacing look.
For handling adaptive damping suspension lets you adjust the ride to your needs. The SRT-tuned Bilstein three-mode Adaptive Damping Suspension system features three modes.
Auto Mode = sporty but compliant ride;
Sport Mode = firm, maximum handling;
Track Mode = firm, maximum handling plus performance shifting and gear-holding feature
To assist with stopping the Redeye comes standard with Brembo brakes. It features 15.4-inch front rotors and six-piston front calipers . This helps bring the muscle car to a stop on a dime.
“We designed the SRT Hellcat Challenger’s new dual-snorkel hood to focus on another key historical Mopar design element and pay homage to our past with a modern interpretation that looks even more sinister,” said Mark Trostle – Head of Performance, Passenger and Utility Vehicle Exterior Design, FCA US LLC. “Whenever we design a new exterior element, we work hand-in-hand with the SRT engineering team to ensure that everything we create resonates with SRT DNA, is functional and meets their performance goals.”
For street use the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye provides more than enough power. With 797 horsepower, it is almost as powerful as the limited edition Demon. The Hellcat Redeye offers performance that would normally be seen only on more experience supercars. Of course if you purchase one, plan regular sessions at the track so that you can truly enjoy the muscle car the way it was meant to be enjoyed.
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