797HP HELLCAT REDEYE
“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.