The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon struck a chord with buyers thanks to its muscle car styling and supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8 engine that produced up to 840 hp (626 kW / 851 PS) and 770 lb-ft (1,042 Nm) of torque. Unfortunately, the Demon was a limited production model and the last car rolled off the assembly line back in May.
While it was sad to see the Demon go, Dodge isn’t resting of its laurels as the company has built the first 2019 Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye. The company notes the car is “possessed by the Demon” as it features a 6.2-liter V8 which features many of the same upgrades as its predecessor.
Key among them is a 2.7-liter supercharger, strengthened connecting rods, beefier pistons, a high-speed valve train, a special fuel injection system and an upgraded lubrication system.
While the cars share a similar engine, the Redeye is rated at 797 hp (594 kW / 808 PS) and 707 lb-ft (957 Nm) of torque. That isn’t too shabby considering the Demon only developed 808 hp (603 kW / 819 PS) and 717 lb-ft (972 Nm) of torque when running on 91 octane fuel.
In terms of performance, the Redeye can run from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 3.4 seconds and hit a top speed of 203 mph (326 km/h). On the track, Dodge says owners can expect to run the quarter mile in 10.8 seconds at 131 mph (210 km/h).
Those are some pretty impressive numbers for a muscle car that starts at $69,650 (excluding a $1,700 gas guzzler tax and a $1,395 destination charge). The Demon, on the other hand, started at $84,995 (excluding a $1,095 destination) and was virtually impossible to get at that price. Regardless, the Redeye offers Demon-like performance for a $13,345 saving.