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Dodge's SRT Hellcat Redeye launches with a scorching 797 horsepower

Dodge's SRT Hellcat Redeye lau...
The high performance Dodge Hellcat lineup, featuring (L to R) then R/T Scat Pack Widebody, SRT Hellcat Widebody and SRT Hellcat Redeye
The high performance Dodge Hellcat lineup, featuring (L to R) then R/T Scat Pack Widebody, SRT Hellcat Widebody and SRT Hellcat Redeye
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2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody
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2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody
The Redeye's air catcher headlamp is part of its cooling system
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The Redeye's air catcher headlamp is part of its cooling system
HEMI engine cover with Redeye emblem
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HEMI engine cover with Redeye emblem
The SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody (L) and the regular ol' SRT Hellcat Widebody (R)
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The SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody (L) and the regular ol' SRT Hellcat Widebody (R)
Twin scoop hood helps feed the Redeye's giant supercharger, as well as aiding in cooling
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Twin scoop hood helps feed the Redeye's giant supercharger, as well as aiding in cooling
The Widebody variant isn't massively visually different, but an extra inch or two of rubber at each corner will be welcome
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The Widebody variant isn't massively visually different, but an extra inch or two of rubber at each corner will be welcome
SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody in side profile
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SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody in side profile
Widebody option gets 20 x 11-inch "devil's rim" aluminum wheels
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Widebody option gets 20 x 11-inch "devil's rim" aluminum wheels
A flash of red denotes the Redeye interior
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A flash of red denotes the Redeye interior
SRT Hellcat Redeye: performance pages on the touch screen
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SRT Hellcat Redeye: performance pages on the touch screen
SRT Hellcat Redeye: driving modes are finely adjustable
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SRT Hellcat Redeye: driving modes are finely adjustable
SRT Hellcat Redeye: drop it down to a far more appropriate 500 horsepower when you're letting your kid or a valet drive it
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SRT Hellcat Redeye: drop it down to a far more appropriate 500 horsepower when you're letting your kid or a valet drive it
SRT Hellcat Redeye: touch screen G-force meter
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SRT Hellcat Redeye: touch screen G-force meter
SRT Hellcat Redeye: key fobs
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SRT Hellcat Redeye: key fobs
SRT Hellcat Redeye: look at the nostrils on this fella
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SRT Hellcat Redeye: look at the nostrils on this fella
SRT Hellcat Redeye: will reportedly go around corners
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SRT Hellcat Redeye: will reportedly go around corners
The Redeye emblem
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The Redeye emblem
SRT Hellcat Redeye: steering wheel
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SRT Hellcat Redeye: steering wheel
SRT Hellcat Redeye: center console
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SRT Hellcat Redeye: center console
SRT Hellcat Redeye: interior
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SRT Hellcat Redeye: interior
The high performance Dodge Hellcat lineup, featuring (L to R) then R/T Scat Pack Widebody, SRT Hellcat Widebody and SRT Hellcat Redeye
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The high performance Dodge Hellcat lineup, featuring (L to R) then R/T Scat Pack Widebody, SRT Hellcat Widebody and SRT Hellcat Redeye
SRT Hellcat Redeye: view from the cockpit
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SRT Hellcat Redeye: view from the cockpit
SRT Hellcat Redeye: dash cluster
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SRT Hellcat Redeye: dash cluster
Dodge's new Hellcat lineup means business.
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Dodge's new Hellcat lineup means business.

Sun's out, guns out! Dodge has ripped the sleeves off its flannel shirt to present the new king of production muscle cars. The 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye makes 797 hp (594 kW) and 707 lb-ft (959 Nm) of torque. It hits 60 mph (96.5 km/h) in 3.4 seconds, does 203 mph (327 km/h) flat out, starts at 70 grand and produces more smoke than the crowd at a Phish concert.

Buoyed by the success of its high-performance Scat Pack, Dodge has upgraded the nasty end of its catalog for 2019. We should've seen it coming; mess around with the Scat Pack for too long, and you're bound to end up with the Redeye.

Where Europe is going all-out on aerodynamics, America is sticking with what it loves: a classic muscle car shape, executed simply and without undue pomp and ceremony, fitted with a motor that's just way too big.

In the case of the Redeye, that's a 6.2-liter HEMI V8, lifted from the barnstorming SRT Demon. It's fitted with a 2.7-liter capacity supercharger – the biggest on any production car in the world – which pushes 14.5 psi of boost. It doesn't make it up to the Demon's 840-odd horsepower, but 797 is still rather a lot.

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody
2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody

Fuel consumption is a fairly decent 22 mpg (10.7 L/100km) when you're trundling around driving it like some sort of normal car. Floor it, though, and that monster engine will suck down 1.43 gallons (5.4 liters) of fuel per minute, emptying the tank in a touch less than 11 minutes. Yikes.

As in the Demon, much has been done to keep this raging powerplant cool. The SRT Power Chiller basically air conditions the cooling system, as well as lowering the intake air temperature. The After-Run Chiller cools the engine as quickly as possible after it's been thrashed. A new dual-snorkel hood, plus an air-catching headlamp and intakes near the wheel liners pump further air in to help get heat out.

Electronics-wise, the Hellcat Redeye gets itself a set of SRT-tuned three-mode adaptive damping suspension. There's also Launch Assist, in case a Redeye owner ever decides to see what it feels like to accelerate without burning a small Malaysian forest's worth of rubber, and Line Lock, which holds the front brakes on and releases the rear ones so you can deliberately burn a small Malaysian forest's worth of rubber.

SRT Hellcat Redeye: center console
SRT Hellcat Redeye: center console

There are street, sport and track driving modes, which affect power output, power delivery, steering firmness, traction control, suspension and shift settings on the 8-speed auto-only gearbox. Yes, it's auto only, but both hands on the wheel is not a bad idea in this kind of machine.

The Hellcat Redeye is available in standard and Widebody, which gets 3.5 extra inches of wheel arch flares and fatter tires. Which is nice, but you could have a single roll of rubber stretching from one side of this car to the other and still not have enough grip at the back. And that's just the way muscle car fans like it.

Pricing will range between US$70,000 and $95,000 depending on specification, making this thing surprisingly affordable for its certifiable levels of tarmac-ripping performance. If you're prepared to forego 80-odd horses, you can drop down to the standard 717-hp (535-kW) Challenger SRT Hellcat for less than 60 grand. Smoke 'em if you've got 'em!

Check out the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye in the video below (around the two-minute 20-second mark).

Source: Dodge

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4 comments
WB
king of production muscle cars? the tesla p100d does 792 lb-ft well above this puppy
Daishi
@WB I think the 840 HP Demon is actually faster in a 1/4 mile than the P100D but it's still pretty close. It's also a purpose-built drag car that uses race gas, comes with drag radials, and passenger seats are optional. It will lift the front wheels off the ground off the line. It's a street legal (drag) race car and you have to sign a waiver and a lot of paperwork to own one. They are $85k MSRP new but you'd never find one for that price as there is a list to get one and they are going for about $175k. The Demon is an interesting chapter in the combustion vehicle story. It might be the last vehicle that runs on dinosaur juice that can claim the 1/4 title from the factory before the next generation of electric sports cars like the next Roadster post 1/4 mile times that make that feat nearly impossible in the future.
BrianK56
Bring out the Tesla.
warren52nz
So almost half as quick to 60 as a Tesla Coupe? 1.8 seconds claimed.