So what if the 840-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is now out of production? The car only made that much thrust on racing fuel; put it on a diet of pump gas, and you’re looking at an 808-horsepower rating, which is just 11 horsepower up on Dodge’s new top dog in the Challenger lineup: the 797-horsepower SRT Hellcat Redeye.
New for 2019, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is the “most powerful, quickest and fastest muscle car” in production, Dodge says, with 0-to-60 acceleration in just 3.4 seconds, and a top speed of 203 mph. According to the automaker, the new Redeye will do the quarter-mile in 10.8 seconds, with a trap speed of 131 mph.
Making this possible, Dodge says, is the very same supercharged, 6.2L Hemi V8 that powered the discontinued SRT Demon – although it’s obviously a tad more restricted in this application. Peak torque output is rated at 707 lb-ft, and the engine is paired with an eight-speed TorqueFlite 8HP90 automatic transmission.
Twenty-five major upgrades set the engine apart from that in the regular Challenger SRT Hellcat, including a larger supercharger (2.7L vs. 2.4L) with a higher boost limit (14.5 psi vs. 11.6 psi), beefed-up pistons, strengthened con rods, a high-speed valvetrain, a second dual-stage fuel pump, and revamped fuel-injection and lubrication systems. The Redeye’s 797-horsepower beating heart draws fresh intake air from three different sources: the drivers-side Air Catcher headlamp, an inlet near the wheel liner, and the brand-new dual-snorkel hood that graces all 2019 Challenger SRT Hellcats.
The 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye has taken a few other bits from the SRT Demon, as well. Demon’s Torque Reserve system finds itself in the new car, providing up to 3.9 psi of boost and 55-percent more engine torque at launch, and its After-Run Chiller has trickled down to the Redeye, helping drag-racing owners to keep their cars safe from heat soak between passes. A new SRT Power Chiller, which diverts A/C refrigerant from the cabin to help keep the supercharger cool, provides further heat protection, and two final drive ratios – a standard 2.62:1, or an optional 3.09:1 – are available.
“With 840 horsepower, a 9.65 quarter-mile time and Guinness World Record certification that it’s the first production car to lift the wheels at launch, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon earned its place in the record books,” says FCA Head of Passenger Cars Steve Beahm. “The Dodge Brothers would be proud that we’re leveraging the power and performance of this proven engine to bring a Demon-possessed Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye to an even wider high-performance enthusiast audience.”
Production of the all-new, 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye will commence this fall, with deliveries beginning in the fourth quarter of 2018.