2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Debuts With 797 HP [w/Video]

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.

Challenger Hellcat

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.

 

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  • Bo Hanan

    As big and old as they are you just can’t not like these cars.

    • Victor Ferreira

      Honestly. It just looks awesome.

    • Jay

      I can now, that new hood is not good looking to me at all. Other than that I donagree with you.

      • donald seymour

        True. I will keep with the standard hood.

    • Six Thousand Times

      I can.

      • Bo Hanan

        Yeeeeah, but you’re a girl.

        • Six Thousand Times

          Nope but neither am I an inbred redneck living double-wide – qualities needed to appreciate that POS Challenger.

          • Bo Hanan

            I know some cool rednecks. You sir are no redneck.

          • Six Thousand Times

            Thank you. I’m not an inbred, either. I don’t even know any. If I did, they’d almost certainly be fans of that fat ugly pig of a Challenger.

  • ErnieB

    They don’t need much change.. they are challengers.. badass and a classic!

    • Six Thousand Times

      They are scat, indeed.

  • Craig

    Can you imagine what a 797 hp Imperial would do for Chrysler’s image. [That’s right. I said it. And no doubt I’ll say again.]

    • Liam Paul

      so you want them to take a Chrysler 300 and change the name to Imperial and put this engine in it? I mean you know FCA will never make a new car for Chrysler right lol or maybe bring the 200 back and stick the 797 hp engine in it

      • Craig

        According to even Consumer Reports, “Chrysler’s flagship sedan is a capable, sophisticated and luxuriously large sedan.” Not a bad place to start. It wouldn’t take much to change a 300 into an Imperial. In fact – for many years- that’s what an Imperial was. [Or a fancier ‘New Yorker’] But think about it. For relatively very little money [because practically everything would be ‘off the shelf’] Chrysler could create a true flagship car that would complete very well with the likes of the CT6 and Continental.

    • Robert Eller

      Stretch the wheelbase and it could be done.

      • Craig

        In fact – it’s been done before. The 2008 Walter P. Chrysler 300C Executive Series was a 2008 and 2009 300C with a 6″ longer wheelbase. Something that would work very well for what I consider a no-brainer ‘flagship’ for Chrysler. The Imperial. In fact I am so convinced it’s a great idea that I often feel like walking into FCA headquarters with a sling-shot and a big bag of rocks and force them to make it!

        That said…. just look at all of that legroom!!

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/95856c1544e50ab080a8250df306a97e2313acde20c1d63529ad58e66876b3ce.jpg

    • donald seymour

      Craig? Only you Craig.

  • Adilos Nave

    They are milking this thing to death. You know why? Because they don’t have anything coming down the pipe to replace it since FCA is planning to kill off Dodge. The various ‘special editions’ are just a clever way of getting sales out of an archaic design that otherwise wouldn’t move off the sales lots.

    • donald seymour

      I covered my ears and yell la la la and act like I didn’t read this post.

      • Six Thousand Times

        He’s right, though.

    • Classic Bob

      Contrary to several previous defunct brands, at least they’ll go out with a bang!

    • Dennis James

      “Milking” means all show and no go. These cars have meaningful upgrades.

      • Adilos Nave

        No it doesn’t. Urban Dictionary states “taking more time or advantage than you’re really due because you can get away with it. Short for “milking it for all it’s worth.”

        Seems to fit when Dodge has been doing with the Challenger and Charger for the last decade.

  • Major Lee Gassole

    I like how they Photoshopped it on a corner. Might give those who don’t live on a dragstrip some hope that it can actually perform when you turn the wheel. All jokes aside, it’s still a badass car.

  • Robert Eller

    So the Scat Pack replaced the standard SRT? And is the GT only RWD now, I thought the whole purpose behind that model was to be the only AWD pony car on the market.

    • Yeah pretty much, actually it was confusing last time you got SRT and R/T Scat Pack which offers the same engine.

    • Mr. EP9

      No, the GT still has AWD but that’s optional.

  • Jweisberg

    I have to give FCA credit for making these cars. There is nothing else out there that offers this kind of power for the price and even offers a manual transmission. I wish they made a sport car with a similar powertrain.

    • Kagan

      It would be to heavy!

  • donald seymour

    A very bias YEAH!

  • Six Thousand Times

    Same pig, different lipstick.

  • Ed Ward

    Make Dodge a truck only Brand including the return of Ram and the minivan business AND sell these current Dodge vehicles as Chrysler vehicles . Chrysler invented the muscle car in 1955 and the price point of these Chrysler vehicles makes more sense AND to redesign the front and back clips of Dodge vehicles and sell as Chrysler is the natural thing to do. OH, I FORGOT, THE CHRYSLER BRAND IS A THREAT TO ALFA ROMEO.

  • Richard Sloman

    Is that a convertible in the background of the interview or just a normal Challenger with a black roof?

  • Kagan

    Less than 40 000$. In Europe we won’t get the v6 for that money. In this case you are lucky living over there.

  • Infinite1

    Beautiful cars but I just can’t get myself to own a Chrysler product no matter how badass they look and their engine output. I’ll look at pictures of them all day though

  • Vassilis

    They should have called it pinkeye :p

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