In case you missed it, on Thursday, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles pulled the wraps off of a brand-new, never-before-seen version of the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, dubbed “Redeye”. The model is so named because it is, as Dodge says, “possessed by the Demon,” featuring the same supercharged, 6.2L Hemi V8 under its bonnet as the discontinued Dodge Challenger SRT Demon – although in this application, the engine is restricted to 797 horsepower instead of the Demon’s monumental 840 (on racing fuel).
Now, with the introduction of the Redeye, there are four different Challenger SRT Hellcat models for the 2019 model year, as both the regular SRT Hellcat and the Hellcat Redeye offer Widebody versions with wider fender flares, deeper wheels, and more contact patch area. Not only does the extra rubber help on a road course; it also helps with straight-line speed, allowing the Widebody Hellcats to rocket through the quarter-mile more quickly than their non-Widebody counterparts.
How much faster? Have a look at this handy table, which includes quarter-mile stats and top speeds for each of the four Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat models:
| Quarter-mile Time @ Speed
|| Top Speed
|Hellcat Redeye Widebody||10.8 sec @ 131 mph||203 mph|
|Hellcat Widebody||10.9 sec @ 127 mph||195 mph|
|Hellcat Redeye||11.1 sec @ 131 mph||203 mph|
|Hellcat||11.2 sec @ 125 mph||199 mph|
Note that while the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and Hellcat Widebody have different top speeds, the Redeye and Redeye Widebody have the exact same top speed: 203 mph.
While production of the Challenger SRT Demon might be officially over, the introduction of the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye and Hellcat Redeye Widebody means there are two lightning-quick new options for lovers of straight-line speed. No doubt there will be tuning shops across North America capable of unlocking even more drag-strip prowess from the Redeye’s Demon-derived 6.2L Hemi V8.
Deliveries of the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Redeye are slated to begin in the fourth quarter of 2018, with pricing starting in the neighborhood of $70k.