Dodge unveils 3.4 second 0-60 Hellcat Redeye, updates SRT Hellcat and R/T Scat Pack
When the original Challenger SRT Hellcat emerged packing a 707 horsepower supercharged V-8 engine, it was quite a sensation. Then the SRT Demon came along, pushing the boat out to a massive 840 horsepower. Sadly, the final Demon has rolled off the production line, but that doesn’t mean Dodge is done with the Challenger. Quite the contrary, actually: Fiat-Chrysler just introduced three updated models. There’s an updated Challenger SRT Hellcat with 717 horsepower and 656 lb-ft of torque. There’s also a new Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody with a power-bulge aluminum hood, fender flares and updated rims and tires. However, behind curtain number three was the biggest surprise of the reveal: the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye.
In short, it’s the most powerful Challenger in the lineup with the passing of the SRT Demon. Its 6.2-liter V-8 packs a 2.7-liter supercharger, the largest factory supercharger fitted to a production car. Dodge also increased the boost pressure to 14.5 psi and bumped the rev limiter up to 6,500 rpm.
The SRT Hellcat Redeye has two dual-stage fuel pumps and a larger induction air box, all adding up to a 90 horsepower boost over the previous Challenger SRT Hellcat. The SRT Hellcat Redeye also borrows its Torque Reserve feature, high-strength steel prop shaft and an SRT Power Chiller and After-Run Chiller from the Demon. Both help the engine keep cool by using air-conditioning refrigerant through a chiller unit and using the engine’s fan and a low-temperature circuit coolant pump to lower the supercharger temperature.
200+ mph top speed
While the 2019 SRT Hellcat gets a modest 10 horsepower bump, the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye can top 200 mph. In fact, the Redeye can hit 203 mph, and tackle the quarter-mile in 10.8 seconds, according to Dodge. While the normal 2019 Challenger SRT Hellcat gets the option of a six-speed Tremec manual transmission as well as the eight-speed TorqueFlite transmission, only the eight-speed is available in the SRT Hellcat Redeye.
All Challenger SRT Hellcat models, including the Redeye, get a few extra performance features as well. All models get Adaptive Damping Suspension, with three driving modes: Auto, Sport and Track. The 2019 Challenger SRT Hellcat also gets Launch Assist, a feature previously relegated to the top-spec Demon. The Launch Assist system uses wheel speed sensors to reduce wheel hop and reduce stress on the driveline. New models also get Launch Control and Line lock, to help with burnouts.
Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but we should know more about the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye soon. Stay tuned to TFLcar.com for more updates! Subscribe to The Fast Lane Car and TFLnow for more Hellcat news, views and real-world reviews. Check out our live coverage of the reveal event below: