The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is getting a new look for 2019.
With all the hullabaloo given to Dodge’s track monster, the one-year-only Challenger Demon, the poor Hellcat has been all but forgotten. Dodge aims to change that with a 2019 refresh that gives the Hellcat a brand new look, although we don’t expect it to get much in terms of new performance.
Not that the old Hellcat is bad, mind you. A 6.2-L supercharged HEMI V8 is nothing to sneeze at, especially when it doles out 707 hp and 650 lb-ft torque.
Fiat Chrysler recently released a teaser image that shows the 2019 Hellcat will get a brand new hood with two “sinister” nostrils instead of one somewhat more humble hood scoop. We believe this to be a mostly stylistic change as, again, we don’t expect any new powertrains to pop up under the Hellcat’s now dual-punctured hood, but it certainly looks neat.
“This new fully functional hood harkens back to the mid-60s and early-70s,” reads FCA’s press release, probably referring to such classics as the Dodge Dart Swinger. It also seems to pay homage to the Pontiac GTO, a late 2000’s muscle car that never really made it big in North America--which is part of the reason why Pontiac isn’t around anymore.
Come to think of it, the Pontiac Trans Am also did the dual-nose thing, as did the Firebird. Frankly, this dual hood scoop thing probably wouldn’t even be possible if Pontiac was still around to sue the pants off of Dodge.
Anyway, the rest of the teaser image shows what is essentially the same Hellcat we’ve known since 2015. Bulging wheel arches, strong, muscular haunches, and a roofline that does more to harken back to old Dodge’s than the twin scoops on the hood ever will.
FCA says there will be more info out starting this summer. Once again, don’t get your hopes up for a supercharged (well, more supercharged) Hellcat to take the Demon’s crown. Dodge would’ve made a bigger deal if that’s what they were planning.