For 2019, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is reaching back into Dodge’s rich performance past to update the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, furnishing the model with a new dual-snorkel hood that harkens back to some of the brand’s high-performance cars from the 1960s and early ’70s. The hood “provides maximum air intake” to the Hellcat’s supercharged, 6.2-liter Hemi V8, Dodge says, suggesting that the model’s unique false-headlight intake will be no more.
Dodge hasn’t said whether the new hood will lend itself to greater power output for the 2019 Challenger SRT Hellcat, but a Hellcat “Drag Pack” model that’s said to be in the works is rumored to produce 725 horsepower instead of the usual 707. It’s not too farfetched to imagine that could be the new peak power rating of every Challenger Hellcat model from 2019.
In late-March, a photo surfaced online showing a partially-built Dodge Challenger SRT Widebody model featuring a dual-snorkel hood like the one the Hellcat will wear from 2019 on. At the time, we had believed the photo to be possible evidence of a new Widebody Challenger model – one powered, perhaps, by Dodge’s 5.7-liter or 6.4-liter Hemi V8. Now, however, it seems more likely that the car was simply a 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody fitted with the new dual-snorkel hood.
Dodge says that more information on the 2019 Challenger SRT Hellcat will become available this summer, so the question of whether it’ll produce any more than the 707 horsepower made by the current Hellcat ought to be answered then. Ford’s performance division is presently hard at work on a new, super-high-performance pony car that could topple the Hellcat: the 2020 Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang. A small update could help the Hellcat remain competitive.