Get a load of the insanely beefy 2019 Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye that Dodge is calling “a Hellcat that’s been possessed by a Demon.” After the success of the Challenger SRT Hellcat (2015) and Demon (2018), Dodge is bringing the Redeye to the already explosive lineup. Dodge continues to build modern ultra-performance vehicles that are inspired by the untethered brawn of American muscle cars from yesteryear.
“We’ve got a Hellcat body, basically suspension and platform, and then we’ve got the Demon engine,” Steve Beahm, head of Passenger Car Brands-Dodge, SRT, Chrysler, and Fiat for FCA North America, told Motor Trend. “It’s a little bit different calibration than the Demon engine.”
Like the Hellcat and Demon, the Redeye is ready to melt roads with its ridiculous power output. The 2019 Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye flaunts a supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi high-output V-8 engine that generates a neck-snapping 797 horsepower and 707 lb-ft of torque. The eight-speed automatic transmission. With that amazing power plant, the Redeye has an incredible top speed of 203 mph.
Dodge brags (and rightfully so) that the Challenger Redeye is the quickest production muscle car. The Redeye hurtles 0–60 mph in a mere 3.4 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 10.8 seconds at 131 mph. You may recall that the 840-hp Demon zoomed 0-to-60 mph in only 2.3 seconds, but its 3,300-unit production run ended in May. The Demon was made with the track in mind and can be fueled up with 100+ octane race gas, whereas the Redeye is a more mainstream vehicle, but can definitely tear shit up at the track.
Speaking of gas, the Redeye is not exactly a fuel-efficient vehicle. While FCA rates the Redeye at 22 mpg on the highway, if you unleash the demon, you’ll drain the fuel tank in 11 minutes. At full throttle, the Redeye guzzles 1.4 gallons of gas per minute.
This muscular beast boasts a wide body and comes with 3.5-inch-wider “Devil’s Rim” aluminum wheels so the Pirelli P Zero tires can grip more of the red-hot asphalt.
The 2019 Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye pulls in air from a new dual-snorkel hood that “pays homage to our past with a modern interpretation that looks even more sinister.” Air intake also comes from a driver-side air catcher headlamp and inlet near the wheel liner. The Redeye features a new dual-inlet performance grille, launch assist, after-run chiller, and torque reserve.
The price for this bad boy has yet to be released, but expect it to cost in the $70,000 neighborhood when it hits showrooms in the fourth quarter of this year. If only every redeye was this exciting to travel.