Demon Be Damned, Dodge’s 797 HP Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Goes Into Production

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.

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  • S CAT

    Redeye bitchez, redeye!!!

  • Adilos Nave

    I always think of the scene from Billy Madison when he pulls up to the high school in an old Camaro/Trans-Am while blasting “Stroke Me” when I see yet another variation of the Challenger. Cars like this may have been cool back in the 60’s or 70’s but seem so lame, unrefined and all around cheesy. Is it a requirement to wear a wife-beater with gold chains? I’m mostly surprised that the market for this car has enough money for them.

    • S CAT

      Sounds like you enjoy driving your cvt loving Sentra. Rock on dude!

      • Adilos Nave

        Had one of the V6 Challengers as a rental this past summer and it felt like I was steering a boat down the road. But whatever, to each their own. I just can’t quite understand why they keep spending R&D money on one performance iteration after another of an ancient car when the company is in dire straights.

        I don’t drive a CVT Sentra and even if I did, my opinion still stands. Why does it matter what I drive anyhow?

        • Matt

          The make them because they can sell them. It’s not costing FCA a lot to engineer these current Challenger variants because the base car’s development was paid off years ago.

          It’s also a way to keep interest in an aging model, and drawing parallels to some of the customers that buy them, they’re trying to keep it youthful and fresh (until the new one arrives).

        • Kagan

          Because it is cheap and they sell.
          But I drove v6 in summer it was good. You lack highspeed but otherwise it is ok but probably not the fuel consumption.

        • Vassilis

          I’m pretty sure the Demon, Hellcat etc don’t drive anywhere near as bad as the plain V6.

    • Big Black Duck

      Enjoy your Audi TT

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  • Craig

    Why anyone would NOT get a widebody version is puzzling. It’s the only one to get.

    • Matt

      The widebody treatment certainly helps the slightly ‘taller than it is wide’ proportions of the regular car.

  • TheBelltower

    Maybe it’s the redneck in my DNA, but for some reason I really like this. A lot. I would totally blast Whitesnake in this.

  • BlackPegasus

    All that powah is just ignant. 😮

  • Kagan

    First of all stop using devil’s names and second do some minor body changes, that is enough for the rest coming decade.

    • So agree with the name… also shouldn’t they made new platform for next Challenger.

      • Kagan

        Ofcourse they could but to keep costs down and keep it simple they don’t need it. The design needs some humble changes though.

  • Vassilis

    Pinkeye :p

  • Rzrlf

    k.

  • I’m just literally speechless… I wonder when horsepower war will end…

  • DMax

    The green one is amazing!
    On the other hand I’m worried about our safety because of these cars. In a decade or two these will be hitting depreciation rock bottom and all the dumb kids will be snatching these up, and we know how it goes when you give too much hp to inexperienced drivers.

  • Paul Webster

    Dollars to donuts this engine runs super lean. Use extreme caution when you put your right foot down hard.

  • GobbleUp

    One trick pony

  • Blade t

    Those are some good numbers for 69k…sounds like a fun car….

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