The brand new 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye has rolled off the assembly line for the very first time.
Dodge is quite proud of their Challenger series of muscle cars, and there was no other car that they were prouder of than the SRT Hellcat Demon. The Demon was touted as the fastest production car off the line, able to hit sixty miles per hour in just 2.3 seconds and achieve a quarter-mile result of 9.65 seconds at 140 miles per hour.
Of course we rarely actually saw the Demon perform at that caliber. Achieving that kind of speed required the absolute perfect conditions: a prepared drag strip, warmed drag radial tires, 100 octane fuel, cool ambient temperature, and an engine that was warmed just the right amount. Anything out of place just gave you a 0-60 time of 2.8 or 2.9 seconds--hardly as impressive.
Dodge engineers also removed many of the creature comforts normally found in a vehicle in order to make their fastest muscle car, which made the drag racing Demon less than ideal as an everyday driver. When it came time to make the Demon’s replacement, Dodge decided to keep everything that made the Demon impressive but also give it back things like air conditioning and a passenger seat.
The result is the Hellcat Redeye, and as Dodge repeatedly points out, it’s “possessed” by all the same technology that made the Demon great. Starting with the engine, which is the exact same 6.2-L HEMI V8 with a 2.7-L turbocharger. The engine has been detuned so it only produces 797 hp instead of the Demon’s blistering 840, but it still has all the same technology that allowed the Demon to become a drag racing monster, such as the after-run supercharger chiller, torque reserve system, and transmission brake.
It also has some more realistic numbers for running at the drag strip. Zero to sixty is done in 3.4 seconds with a quarter-mile time of 10.8 seconds at 131 mph. Those numbers are closer to what we’ve seen the Demon actually run in real-world scenarios, so we expect the Redeye to be more like a realistic Demon.
Besides the Demon’s inner workings, the Redeye gets a few unique features such as the soon-to-become infamous Redeye badging and new dual-nostril hood.
Luckily, the new NAFTA was signed without any car taxes being imposed on Canada, which means you can still get the Brampton Ontario-made Redeye for $71,045 plus a $1,700 gas guzzler tax.