The 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye builds on Dodge’s reputation for giving muscle car fans more power, more performance, and just more of everything. The latest iteration of the Challenger was unveiled earlier this summer and is sure to make many a wish list when it arrives in dealerships later this year.
While the Challenger Hellcat is still in production, the Challenger Demon was a limited run. If you didn’t get one, then you’re out of luck. The Challenger Redeye takes the best of both cars and mashes it into one vehicle. As the Dodge folks put it, the Redeye is the Hellcat possessed by a Demon. It makes possession look pretty darn good.
What you get with the Redeye is basically the engine from the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon recalibrated to deliver 797 horsepower and 707 lb-ft of torque paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission. This 6.2-liter Hemi V8 engine is ridiculously fast with a 0-60 mph time of 3.4 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 10.8 seconds at 131 mph. Top speed is 203 mph. It will fill your need for speed quite nicely.
There are 25 major component upgrades in the Redeye, including a larger supercharger and stronger connecting rods and pistons. Compared to the standard Hellcat, the Redeye is 2.7 liters versus 2.4-liters, has a 6,500 rpm rev limit versus 6,200, and has increased boost pressure of 14.5 versus 11.6. It may have Hellcat in its name, but the Redeye is on a wholly different level.
Both the Hellcat Redeye and Hellcat are available as a widebody, which makes these beasts all the more impressive. We had the opportunity to drive the Redeye widebody on the road and on the track and came away impressed.
The thing about a car like the Redeye is, as much as you might want to live at the track, you probably can’t make that a reality. If you’re buying this as a daily driver, then it needs to work out there on the road where there are potholes and bumps and dips and all kinds of uneven pavement to manage. Do that in some performance cars and you’ll feel every last jolt.
The Challenger Hellcat Redeye manages to deliver a surprisingly comfortable ride on city streets, country roads, and the highway. It’s not like driving a luxury sedan, but then there aren’t a heck of a lot of luxury sedans that sound this good, look this good, or eat up a track like the Redeye.
The exhaust note is loud, which is fantastic, but anyone who squishes into the rear seats will likely tire of the rumble. They also will be truly squished. The Challenger in any guise is best for two so don’t plan on regularly carting around people in the rear seats unless they’re in it for the thrill. And thrill this car has aplenty.
As nice as it is to drive on roads, where its looks and sound draw admiring stares, you have to take it on the track to fully appreciate all it has to offer. We’re sure some folks will buy this and never take it on a track, but that’s a crying shame. All that power cannot be fully realized until you’re somewhere speed limits aren’t an issue.
After taking the Hellcat Redeye for a few laps, its appeal only grows. It’s not an elegant, delicate car, but rather bold and aggressive. You hear the power. You feel the power. And it makes your heart beat a little faster as your push it through the corners. Like we said, you can’t actually live at the track, but the Challenger Hellcat Redeye will seriously make you consider the idea.
This is the quickest, fastest, and most powerful muscle car you can currently buy, but it comes at less than you might expect. There is however, quite a spread between the base Challenger SXT at $27,995 and the Redeye, which comes in at $69,650.
It’s by no means cheap, but it’s also not priced so high that no one but Midas can afford one. The bigger question is whether it’s worth the price. You save about $10K if you step down to the Hellcat, which is still an incredible car. There are also plenty of trims on the way down to that base model that are fun muscle cars to drive.
The Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye, however, is something different. It gives an experience on the road and especially on the track that can’t be duplicated. If you want a muscle car that’s comfortable as a daily driver and capable on the track, then the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is ready for you.