The limited-run, 840-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is officially out of production, but let’s not forget that Dodge//SRT is the original purveyor of the 700-plus-horsepower factory pony car, and that the Challenger SRT Hellcat and Charger SRT Hellcat are both still alive and well. Better still, both Hellcat twins are slated to receive updates for the 2019 model year, with new exterior details on the way, and possibly more power.
With that in mind, check out the video above, which was released by Dodge just earlier today. In it, we get a fleeting glimpse of a 2019 Dodge Challenger, and a couple of cryptic clues for what to expect.
The teaser mostly consists of a far-away shot of a Dodge Challenger blasting through the desert, a sizable cloud of dust trailing behind it. The video is stylized to appear as though we’re seeing it through some sort of high-tech tracking device, and at the end, the print “LOCK: RED797_19” appears onscreen, shortly before the words “coming soon”.
We know what “coming soon” means, but what’s much more intriguing is the “RED797_19”. The “19” at the end is almost certainly the model year, but could the numbers “797” be an indication of the horsepower rating? The audio in this teaser features a fair amount of supercharger whine; is this Dodge’s way of telling us that the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat will produce nearly 800 horsepower?
Although, perhaps not every 2019 Challenger SRT Hellcat will make 797 horsepower; there have been rumors that Dodge and SRT are preparing to introduce a special “Drag Pack” version of the Hellcat model, which could recycle as much as 75 percent of the Demon’s unique content. It might make sense for that more niche, performance-oriented version of the car to put out more than the standard Hellcat’s 707 horsepower.
Then again, remember that Ford is fixing to introduce an all-new Shelby GT500 Mustang, and the automaker has promised upwards of 700 horsepower from that car – 772, if you believe the rumors. A 797-horsepower rating from the Challenger SRT Hellcat could allow the car to keep comfortably ahead of the new Shelby in the horsepower wars.
Whatever the case, we oughtn’t have to wait long for answers; the YouTube title of Dodge’s video – “RED797_62818” – provides another clue. See the number “62818” there? Doesn’t it seem an awful lot like it could be “6/28/18”?