• 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye

Bridging the gap between the Hellcat and the Demon

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Introduced for the 2015 model year, the Challenger Hellcat stunned the muscle car market through its powerful engine and impressive performance. Dodge took things to a new level with the Demon in 2017, when it introduced a series of segment-first features. Come 2018, and FCA launched a new model that bridges the gap between the impressive Hellcat and the absolutely evil Demon. Meet the Hellcat Redeye!

While not as menacing as the Demon performance-wise, the Redeye borrows numerous drivetrain features from the drag-prepped coupe. It’s also significantly more powerful than the regular Hellcat and obviously faster. What’s the purpose of this car with the Hellcat already more powerful than the competition? Well, the Challenger is pretty long in the tooth and Dodge is probably trying to keep things interesting before the next-generation muscle car arrives. Let’s find out what makes the Hellcat Redeye special in the review below.

Continue reading for to learn more about the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye.

  • 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye
  • Year:
    2019
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    eight-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    797 @ 6300
  • Torque @ RPM:
    707 @ 4500
  • Displacement:
    6.2 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3.4 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    203 mph
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • size:
  • Purpose:
  • body style:

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye official video

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Exterior

  • Dual-snorkel engine hood
  • Optional Widebody package
  • Stripe package
  • Special badges
  • 20-inch wheels
  • New rear spoiler
  • Not too different from the regular Hellcat
2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Exterior
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It takes a good eye and a closer look at the details to see what makes the Redeye stand out

It takes a good eye and a closer look at the details to see what makes the Redeye stand out, because this new trim is very similar to the standard Hellcat. Not to mention that some of the new features on the Redeye were also added to the Hellcat.

First up, there’s a newly designed dual-snorkel engine hood. This feature allows more air into the supercharged engine, but it’s also a tribute to late-1960s to early-1970s muscle cars. The stripe packages have also been altered to enhance the dual-snorkel design. Available colors include carbon and gunmetal.

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Exterior
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Just like the regular Hellcat, the Redeye can be ordered with the optional Widebody package

Just like the regular Hellcat, the Redeye can be ordered with the optional Widebody package that adds 3.5 inches to the width of the car for a more planted stance. The muscle car also gets a new, optional satin black spoiler that’s wider and longer than the old element. The Redeye also comes with bespoke badges. The one on the front fenders has a sinister, red, jewel-like eye, while the SRT emblem on the Supercharger housing features a Redeye logo.

The standard 20-inch are finished in gloss black, but you can have them finished in Brass Monkey. The Widebody Package gives access to optional split-five-spoke, 20-inch "Devil’s Rim" rollers made from forged aluminum.

Dodge also added a new exterior color called Triple Nickel. Otherwise, the palette remains unchanged and includes options like B5 Blue, Go Mango, Octane Red, Plum Crazy, and Yellow Jacket.

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase 116.2 Inches
Track, Front 64.0 Inches
Track, Rear 63.7 Inches
Overall Length 197.5 Inches
Overall Width 85.4 Inches
Overall Height 57.5 Inches

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Interior

  • Optional leather/Alcantara packages
  • Embroidered logos
  • Rear-seat delete option
  • 220-mph speedo
  • Redeye splash screen
2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Interior
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Unlike the Hellcat, the Redeye can be ordered with a rear-seat delete, just like the Demon

The Redeye’s interior is identical to the Hellcat’s save for a few minor changes. It comes with the same Houndstooth cloth performance seats as standard, plus three available upholstery options. There’s Nappa leather/Alcantara with embroidered SRT Hellcat logo with the Plus Package, Laguna leather with embossed SRT Hellcat logo with the Laguna Leather Package, and Laguna leather/Alcantara with embossed SRT Hellcat logo with the Alcantara Appearance Package. Unlike the Hellcat, the Redeye can be ordered with a rear-seat delete, just like the Demon.

The muscle car also features a signature, leather-wrapped, flat-bottom steering wheel with a backlit SRT logo and paddle shifters and red gauges on each side of the seven-inch display screen. The latter includes the familiar performance timers and a Hellcat logo splash screen at start-up. However, while the regular Hellcat has a 200-mph speedometer, the Redeye’s features a 220-mph limit. Also, the display has a Redeye logo splash screen.

Other new features for the Hellcat that are also found in the Redeye include silver seat and console stitching, light black chrome accents, and a gunmetal grey SRT Hellcat dashboard badge. The latter also has a Redeye logo, as does the key fob.

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Interior Dimensions

Front Rear
Headroom 39.3 Inches 37.1 Inches
Legroom 42.0 Inches 33.1 Inches
Shoulder room 58.5 Inches 53.9 Inches
Hip room 55.3 Inches 47.8 Inches
SAE rear seat volume index 37.9 cu. ft.
Total Interior Volume 93.9 cu. ft.
SAE Cargo Volume 16.2 cu. ft.
EPA Interior Volume Index 110.136 cu. ft.
Trunk Lift-­over Height 33.2

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Drivetrain

  • Supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8
  • 797 horsepower
  • 707 pound-feet
  • Demon drivetrain components
  • Eight-speed automatic
  • 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds
  • Top speed at 203 mph
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The mill is rated at 797 horsepower and 707 pound-feet of torque, which accounts for an 80-horsepower and 151-pound-foot increase over the Hellcat

Under the hood of the Hellcat Redeye lurks the familiar supercharged, 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 engine. However, the unit is taken from the Demon instead of the Hellcat, thus it features a significant amount of upgrades. The mill is rated at 797 horsepower and 707 pound-feet of torque, which accounts for an 80-horsepower and 151-pound-foot increase over the Hellcat. The latter also got a mild upgrade for 2019, with power up from 707 to 717 horsepower and torque up from 650 to 656 pound-feet. Compared to the Demon, the Redeye lost only 11 horsepower and 63 pound-feet.

Power is routed to the rear wheels through the same eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission, but Dodge upgraded the torque converter, which now delivers an 18-percent increase in torque multiplication when compared to the standard Challenger SRT Hellcat.

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Exterior
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Compared to the Demon, the Redeye lost only 11 horsepower and 63 pound-feet

Upgrades from the Demon include a larger, 2.7-liter supercharger, which is also the largest blower of any production car, increased boost pressure from 11.6 to 14.5 psi, an rpm limit increase from 6,200 to 6,500 rpm, two dual-stage fuel pumps instead of one, and a larger induction air box.

It also has the Torque Reserve feature, which delivers up to 3.9 psi of boost at launch and up to 55 percent more engine torque. High-strength steel prop shafts provide a 15-percent increase in torque capacity, while the new half shafts add a further 20 percent.

As a new-for-2019 feature, the Redeye is available with two final drive ratios, a standard 2.62:1 and an optional 3.09:1. The latter delivers enhanced launch capability.

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Exterior
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Charging from 0 to 60 mph takes 3.4 seconds, two tenths quicker than the regular Hellcat

The Redeye also gained the Demon’s Power Chiller, which divers the air-conditioning refrigerant from the interior cabin to a chiller unit mounted by the low-temperature circuit coolant pump. The is thus further cooled and lower the intake air temperature even more to improve performance. The After-Run Chiller minimizes head soak effect, helping the engine stay in optimum operating temperature.

Performance-wise, the Redeye is a bit quicker than the Hellcat. The standard Redeye completes the quarter-mile in 11.1 seconds at 131 mph, a tenth-second quicker and six mph faster than the Hellcat. The Widebody version needs 10.8 seconds at 131 mph, also a tenth-second quicker and four mph faster than the Hellcat Widebody. Charging from 0 to 60 mph takes 3.4 seconds, two tenths quicker than the regular Hellcat. Top speed increased from 199 to 203 mph. Unlike the Hellcat, adding the Widebody package doesn’t reduce top speed.

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Drivetrain Specifications

Engine Supercharged 6.2-­Liter HEMI HELLCAT HIGH OUTPUT V-­8
Type and Description 90-­degree V-­type, liquid-­cooled
Displacement 376 cu. in. (6,166 cu. cm.)
Bore x Stroke 4.09 x 3.58 (103.9 x 90.9)
Valve System Pushrod-­operated overhead valve, 16 valves with sodium-­filled exhausts and hollow stem intakes, 16 hydraulic roller lifters
Fuel Injection Sequential, multiport, electronic, returnless
Construction Deep-­skirt cast-­iron block with cross-­bolted main bearing caps, aluminum alloy heads with hemispherical combustion chambers
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Power (SAE net) 797 HP @ 6,300 RPM with Premium 91 octane fuel
Torque (SAE net) 707 LB-FT @ 4,500 RPM with Premium 91 octane fuel
Max. Engine Speed 6,500 RPM
EPA Fuel Economy mpg (city/hwy/combined) 13/22/16
Transmission Torqueflite 8HP90 eight-speed automatic
0 to 60 mph 3.4 seconds
Top Speed 203 mph

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Suspension and Brakes

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Exterior
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The Hellcat Redeye rides on the same Adaptive Damping Suspension as the Hellcat, which includes SRT-tuned Bilstein dampers

The Hellcat Redeye rides on the same Adaptive Damping Suspension as the Hellcat, which includes SRT-tuned Bilstein, three-mode dampers which vary between sporty and comfortable to firm from race-inspired handling. An electric power steering system makes steering easier in a variety of driving situations.

The Launch Assist, taken from the Demon, eliminates wheel hop at brutal, off-the-line take offs and prevent damage to the driveline due to torque spikes. The system also reduces loads in the drivetrain from wheel hop by up to 20 percent.

The Launch Control system, which holds the engine at optimal launch rpm before the driver releases the brake, received an improved system that increases hold time from five to 10 seconds for optimal launch and more consistent acceleration.

Stopping power comes from the standard Brembo brake system with two-piece, 15.4-inch front rotors and six-piston front calipers.

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Prices

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Exterior
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Pricing for the Hellcat Redeye starts from $69,650, not including the gas guzzler tax. That’s an extra $11,000 over the regular Hellcat and $15,345 below the Demon.

If you want the Widebody Package, you’ll need to pay an extra $6,000. Both the Alcantara and the Laguna Leather packages cost $1,795, while the Plus Package fetches $1,695. Other options include the Driver Convenience Group at $1,095, the 3.09 gear ratio at $1,095, the black body graphics at $3,495, the power sunroof at $1,995, and the Technology Group at $1,295. The optional spoiler costs $695, while the Harman Kardon sound system adds $1,595.

All told, a loaded Hellcat Redeye with the Widebody Package will set you back at least $90,000.

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Competition

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

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The 707-horsepower was already hard to beat performance-wise, and the upgraded Redeye model makes things even harder for the competition. When it comes to production cars, there aren’t many options to choose from. The Camaro ZL1 comes close, but it’s significantly behind in terms of power. Introduced for the 2017 model year, the new ZL1 is based on the lighter and sportier sixth-generation Camaro uses the same supercharged, 6.2-liter LT4 engine as the Corvette Z06. The unit cranks out 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet, and unlike the Hellcat, it can be had with either a six-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic. Despite being significantly less powerful, the ZL1 is almost as quick as the Redeye, needing 3.5 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start and 11.4 ticks to complete the quarter mile. An updated Magnetic Ride Suspension, Performance Traction Management, and an electronic limited-slip differential keep the ZL1 in check at the race track. Pricing starts from $62,135, making the ZL1 around $7,500 more affordable than the Hellcat Redeye.

Read our full review of the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
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Set to break cover in 2018, the GT500 will return after a long hiatus to tackle the Camaro ZL1 and Challenger Hellcat. However, there’s a big chance that it won’t be as powerful as the Hellcat Redeye. Word has it that the GT500 may go the turbo way with a twin-turbo 5.0-liter V-8, but other outlets report that Ford may use a supercharged version of the 5.2-liter V-8 in the GT350. Either way, output is said to surpass the 700-horsepower mark. Transmission choice is also unclear, with both a six-speed manual and a dual-clutch automatic in the rumor mill. Pricing for this muscle car will probably start from around the $70,000 mark, which will put it on par with the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye.

Read our full speculative review on the 2018 Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang.

Conclusion

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Exterior
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In many ways, the Redeye is like a facelift to the Hellcat. It comes with mild updates on the outside, a few new features inside the cabin, and a more powerful drivetrain. However, with the Hellcat having also received an update, the Redeye is entitled to its own place in the lineup. And not just because of the more powerful engine. It’s the Demon-sourced features that make a difference. I must admit that I’m a bit surprised that Dodge decided to bridge the gap between the already hardcore Hellcat and the drag-prepped Demon, but today’s market is more and more about niche models. And it seems that this trend is taking over the muscle car market as well. Two things are certain here: the Hellcat Redeye has no rival, and the 10-year-old Challenger is refusing to die.

  • Leave it
    • Notably more expensive than the Hellcat
    • It won’t be around for long

Further Reading

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.

2015 Dodge Challenger High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Dodge Challenger.

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Wide-Body High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Wide-Body.

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