Following yesterday’s teaser, Dodge has officially unveiled the 2019 Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye, which features a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine producing 797 hp (594 kW / 808 PS) and 707 lb-ft (957 Nm) of torque.
Described as the “most powerful, quickest and fastest muscle car,” the Redeye can accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 3.4 seconds and hit a top speed of 203 mph (326 km/h). Dodge also says the new Hellcat is the “fastest grand touring production car”, as it can run the quarter mile in 10.8 seconds at 131 mph (210 km/h).
In order to achieve those impressive figures, the Redeye has been equipped with 25 major component upgrades, just like the Challenger SRT Demon. These include a larger 2.7-liter supercharger, strengthened connecting rods and pistons, a high-speed valve train, an upgraded lubrication system and a special fuel injection system.
The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and the car will be offered with two final drive ratios. The standard ratio is 2.62:1, but the company will also offer a 3.09:1 ratio for “enhanced launch capability.”
The Hellcat Redeye will be available in standard and widebody configurations, and both will come equipped with a new dual-snorkel hood and “enhanced badging showing a sinister red jewel-like eye design on the Hellcat that jumps off the Midnight Grey Metallic finish fender badge”, as per the official release.
If Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is too extreme for your tastes, the standard SRT Hellcat returns with an upgraded engine that produces 717 hp (534 kW / 727 PS) and 656 lb-ft (888 Nm) of torque. This is a minor increase of 10 hp (7 kW / 10 PS) and 6 lb-ft (8 Nm) of torque.
Besides the upgraded engine, the Challenger SRT Hellcat will be offered with a new Widebody Package that features wider fender flares which add 3.5 inches (88 mm) to the overall width of the vehicle. The car can also be equipped with a new satin black spoiler.
The Hellcat rides on 20-inch low gloss black lightweight wheels, while 20-inch five-spoke wheels with a brass finish are optional. Models equipped with the Widebody package feature 20-inch forged aluminum wheels wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero tires for improved performance.
All 2019 Hellcat models come equipped with an adaptive damping suspension, Brembo brakes and the launch assist system that debuted in the Demon. The system uses wheel speed sensors to ensure that the tires are slipping/sticking. If a hop is detected, the engine control module momentarily reduces torque in order to maximize traction without the driver having to lift his foot off the throttle.
Inside, the Hellcats have a leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel, silver contrast stitching and Houndstooth cloth performance seats. Customers can also order Nappa leather/Alcantara seats, Laguna leather seats and Laguna leather/Alcantara seats.
Challenger R/T Scat Pack
While the Hellcats are the stars of the Challenger lineup, the R/T Scat Pack is intended to offer buyers the best bang for their buck. Pricing will start at less than $40,000, and the car will be powered by a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 developing 485 hp (361 kW / 491 PS) and 475 lb-ft (643 Nm) of torque.
On the styling front, the model features a “power-bulge” aluminum hood with a dedicated air intake and dual extractors. Other new additions include Scat Pack Bee badges and a modestly revised interior with Dark Dub Plate and Liquid Titanium accents.
The 2019 Challenger R/T Scat Pack can be outfitted with the optional Widebody Package. Besides the wider fender flares, the package includes an adaptive damping suspension with stiffer front springs, retuned shock absorbers and larger sway bars. The package also adds a front splitter and a rear spoiler from the Hellcat.
Challenger R/T and GT
The 2019 Challenger R/T and GT RWD now come standard with the Super Track Pak that adds a performance suspension, a sportier hood and a front splitter. The package also includes bolstered cloth Houndstooth seats, steering wheel mounted paddle shifters (on automatic models) and 20-inch Granite Crystal painted wheels.
Both models can also be equipped with the Performance Handling pack, which adds Brembo brakes, larger sway bars and wider 20-inch wheels on the GT RWD. The package on the R/T is different, but includes a retuned suspension with upgraded springs, revised sway bars and Bilstein shocks.
The R/T can also be ordered with a new Performance Plus Package, which consists of a limited-slip differential and 20-inch forged alloy wheels equipped with Pirelli P-Zero tires.
The 2019 Dodge Challenger will go into production this fall, and the first deliveries are slated to occur in the fourth quarter of the year.