The 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is the Demon We Deserve
The 2019 model year for Dodge is really shaping up! The 2019 Dodge Durango has some new changes, the 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack is getting some Demon-inspired performance with the Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 trim. The new 2019 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is also getting some Challenger SRT Demon performance, but the one that tops it all is the new Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye. There has been plenty of talk about this new Challenger, but we were waiting for someone to take it to the track to talk shop. Now that we can see how well it performs, let’s take a look at what the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye can do.
Still powered by a 6.2-litre HEMI V8 engine under the hood, the SRT Hellcat Redeye got a little boost for 2019, most likely due to its new and functional hood scoop previewed in the Fiat Chrysler Automobile tease of the new 2019 Dodge Challenger. Now able to generate 797 horsepower and 707 lb-ft of torque, the new Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is definitely reaching SRT Demon heights. The latter was modified with a large Air Grabber hood scoop that allowed it to reach 808 horsepower pre-Demon crate. After being outfitted with the parts and components found in the Demon crate, plus high-octane fuel and a turn of the red key, and the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon could generate 840 horsepower before launching off the starting line.
Now, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye won’t be matching that power, Dodge already realized they made a mistake trying to produce a drag strip-only vehicle for the masses. While on the track and testing this new Demon-inspired trim, the Redeye did show off the handling and control the Redeye receives from the same reliable Hellcat suspension system, Brembo brake system, and the extra cooling due to the new, low-profile, dual-snorkel hood scoop that feeds air into the supercharger for more air during the engine combustion cycle.
Even though the course the SRT Hellcat Redeye was driven on is fairly challenging, a four kilometer track in New Hampshire owned by Club Motorsports, the Redeye held up its poise all the way through, even during sharp turns. If opting in for the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody package for the Dodge Challenger Redeye (no word on its 2019 availability), then drivers will really appreciate the advancements the Widebody already makes to the SRT Hellcat in terms of driving and handling, though drivers may just be happy opting in for Pirelli P Zero summer tires (not standard with the Widebody package).
The new Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye definitely is making a name for itself. During its first debut, Steve Beahm, head of Passenger Car Brands-Dodge, SRT, Chrysler, and Fiat for FCA North America had a lot to stay about it.
“For ’19 we’re going to do a Redeye. It’s a Hellcat that’s been possessed by a Demon…We’ve got a Hellcat body, basically suspension and platform, and then we’ve got the Demon engine, [but it has a bit of a] different calibration than the Demon engine.” – Beahm
The SRT Demon was short-lived, but with the Redeye already getting so much attention, maybe that will be a better move for Dodge in the long game. What do you think about the Redeye? Is a Demon sibling the better choice? Let us know on Aventura CJDR social media.