Fiat Chrysler Automobiles today revealed a significantly-improved Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat for the 2019 model year, announcing that a few drag racing-inspired technologies borrowed straight from the discontinued Challenger SRT Demon will now come standard.
Those technologies are:
- Launch Assist – An electronic system that monitors wheel speed at each corner of the car, cutting engine torque momentarily to regain grip when a wheel slips.
- Line Lock – A system that facilitates easier burnouts by locking the front brakes to keep the car stationary, while the rear wheels are free to rotate. Burnouts are used in drag racing to heat the rear tires for optimal grip.
- After-Run Chiller – A system that keeps the cooling fans and intercooler pump running after the car is shutdown, until a target temperature is reached. This helps to prevent heat soak, so that the 2019 Dodge Charger SRT Demon is quickly ready for the next pass.
- Torque Reserve – Our favorite bit of SRT Demon kit, this system, when engaged, closes a bypass valve to prefill the supercharger, and cleverly balances fueling and spark timing to provide great torque at a target launch RPM. This way, when you’re ready to launch, you’re carried by a momentous wave of torque.
Outside of these very welcome additions, the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat packs a few aesthetic changes, such as new instrument panel badging and a redesigned grille with dual inlets. New options include an Alcantara interior package, Satin Black painted hood, and Brass Monkey 20-inch forged wheels. Otherwise, it’s the devilishly-potent four-door muscle car we’ve come to know and love.
The 2019 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – along with the rest of the 2019 Charger lineup – will arrive at dealers starting in the third quarter of this year. Available exterior colors will include B5 Blue, Destroyer Grey, F8 Green, Go Mango, Granite Crystal, IndiGo Blue, Maximum Steel, Octane Red, Pitch Black, Plum Crazy, TorRed, Triple Nickel, White Knuckle.