Make Way For The 797-Horse Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye

Goodbye Dodge Demon, Hello Dodge Redeye.

On the heels of the end of the iconic Demon’s limited-production run, Dodge is launching its newest muscle car – the 797-horsepower 2019 Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye. It’s born from the Demon’s 6.2-liter HEMI V8 engine but doesn’t get all the tweaks that took the Demon to 840-horsepower. But hey, no complaints here. It delivers 707 lb-ft of torque and is paired to an eight-speed transmission.

“With 840 horsepower, a 9.65 quarter-mile time and Guinness World Record certification that it’s the first production car to lift the wheels at launch, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon earned its place in the record books,” said Steve Beahm – Head of Passenger Cars, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA North America. “The Dodge Brothers would be proud that we’re leveraging the power and performance of this proven engine to bring a Demon-possessed Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye to an even wider high-performance enthusiast audience.”

The Redeye is part of the 2019 Challenger lineup that heads into production this fall. New for 2019, the entire lineup gets a power boost to 717-horses to start.

Check out this video of what Dodge calls the "Triple Threat."

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye

Like its Demon brethren, it has 25 major component upgrades, including a larger supercharger, strengthened connecting rods and pistons, high-speed valve train, fuel injection system and improved lubrication system.

Compared with the standard SRT Hellcat engine, the Redeye’s supercharged high-output engine features:

  • Largest factory supercharger of any production car – 2.7 liters versus 2.4 liters
  • Increased boost pressure: 14.5 psi versus 11.6 psi
  • Higher rpm limit: 6,500 rpm versus 6,200 rpm
  • Fuel: Two dual-stage fuel pumps versus one
    • At full throttle, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye’s high-output engine consumes 1.43 gal/min (5.4 liters/min) of fuel – enough to drain the fuel tank in just under 11 minutes, yet is still rated at 22 miles per gallon (mpg) when driven in normal highway conditions
  • Larger induction air box with three sources of intake air:
    • New dual-snorkel hood
    • Driver-side Air Catcher headlamp
    • Inlet near the wheel liner

2019 Dodge Challenger Lineup

2019 Dodge Challenger Lineup: SRT Hellcat Widebody, SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody, R/T Scat Pack Widebody (from left to right). Credit: FCA
Additional features from the SRT Demon that help the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye achieve its status as the most powerful, quickest and fastest muscle car:

  • Torque Reserve delivers up to 3.9 psi of boost at launch and up to 55 percent more engine torque
  • Only factory production car with both SRT Power Chiller and After-Run Chiller
  • High-strength steel prop shafts provide a 15 percent increase in torque capacity
  • 41-spline half shafts provide a 20 percent increase in torque capacity

  • New for 2019, SRT Hellcat Redeye offers two final drive ratios, a standard 2.62:1 or available 3.09:1 for enhanced launch capability.

    Also New for 2019

    This model year Dodge will also offer the Widebody Package on the Challenger R/T Scat Pack model. It adds 3.5 inches to the overall width, improving handling and braking to the naturally aspirated muscle car. At the track, larger six-piston Brembo front brakes, wider wheels and tires, and suspension upgrades featured on the R/T Scat Pack Widebody equate to 2-second faster lap times or approximately 12 car lengths at a 2.1-mile road course, compared with the non-Widebody Challenger R/T Scat Pack.

    Production and Availability

    Dodge will start building the 2019 Challenger lineup this fall at its Brampton (Ont.) Assembly Plant. Muscle cars should start to arrive in dealerships in the fourth quarter.

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Photo Credit: FCA
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