Dodge has revealed the new 2019 Challenger lineup with a slew of upgrades to mourn the passing of the Demon.
Yesterday, we got our first full glimpse at the new Challenger thanks to a teaser video that broke news on the Redeye, Dodge’s Demon-spawned successor. Now that everything is officially revealed, we can confirm that the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye does indeed have 797 hp thanks to the still-beating heart of the Demon that has been transplanted into the new car.
And by beating heart, we mean a 6.2-L V8 with a 2.7-L supercharger.
The Redeye isn’t quite as quick as the Demon, making it to sixty miles per hour in 3.4 seconds, but this was honestly closer to the Demon’s real-world performance anyway. Quarter-mile time is also a bit slower at 10.8 seconds but again, this is closer to what we’ve seen Demons actually do.
Dodge says the Redeye is the "fastest grand touring production car.” We’re pretty sure Aston Martin would have something to say about that, but we’re not going to argue too much with 797 hp.
With all the excitement of the Redeye, it’s easy to miss the fact that the regular SRT Hellcat is also getting a 10 pony power pump up to 717 hp. That comes mated to a standard six-speed manual with an available eight-speed automatic. The Redeye only comes with the automatic as befits a GT car.
There’s also a new Widebody Package available for Challenger trims Scat Pack and above, which adds 3.5 inches to overall width thanks to larger wheel fenders. The R/T Scat Pack trim also boasts the same suspension and brake upgrades from the Hellcat that help it to achieve a faster lap time, shaving two seconds off a 2.1-mile race course.
Finally, the regular R/T and GT Challengers are getting suspension and brake upgrades too. New springs, sway bars, Bilstein shocks, bushings and mounts for the performance suspension, and new four-piston Brembo brakes as well.
All Challengers also come with a new redesigned hood and grille that comes with dual snorkel air intakes that harken back to the 1970 Dodge Dart.
Pricing hasn’t been announced, but expect to see these cars arriving at dealerships later this year.