797HP HELLCAT REDEYE

Muscle Car Review - - Up Front - By Drew Hardin

“Dodge launches the most pow­er­ful SRT Hellcat lineup ever,” was the press re­lease’s first sen­tence. That there’s even one Hellcat in this era of elec­tric/hybrid/self-driv­ing trans­porta­tion capsules is re­mark­able. Isn’t it won­der­ful that Dodge now has a lineup of them?

The lat­est ad­di­tion is the 2019 Chal­lenger Hellcat Redeye. Its new dual-snorkel hood—now com­mon to all Hellcat mod­els— feeds air to a 6.2L su­per­charged Hemi (sim­i­lar to the en­gine in the lim­ited-edi­tion De­mon) that makes 797 hp and 707 lb-ft of torque. The Hemi is joined to an eight-speed TorqueFlite auto- matic trans­mis­sion and a rearend with a stan­dard 2.62 or op­tional 3.09 ring-and-pin­ion ra­tio.

Dodge has clocked the wide- body ver­sion of the Redeye (which rolls on 305/35ZR20 Pirelli tires mounted to 20x11 forged alu­minum wheels) at 10.8 sec­onds at 131 mph through the quar­ter and at a top speed of 203 mph. With­out the wide­body pack­age the e.t. drops to 11.1 sec­onds. Trap and top speeds re­main 131 and 203, re­spec­tively.

Join­ing the Redeye is the stan­dard Hellcat, which sees its Hemi’s power rat­ing go to 717 hp and 656 lb-ft of torque. Hellcat e.t.’s are a tenth be­hind the Redeye’s in both wide­body and stan­dard ver­sions, with top speeds just be­low 200 mph.

Pro­duc­tion on all 2019 Chal­lengers be­gins this fall, with cars ar­riv­ing at deal­er­ships in the fourth quar­ter, says Dodge. Pric­ing on the Hellcat Redeye starts at $69,650; $58,650 for the Hellcat.

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