Today is a big day for automotive fans of all types. Chevy just announced the return of the Blazer for 2019 (specifically the sexy Blazer RS), McLaren just revealed the anticipated flame-spitting 600LT, and Dodge flooded the internet with a mess of new performance models. And all will be mass produced and obtainable! *cough* Volvo S60 Polestar *cough*
Anywho, I’m going to sum up Dodge’s updated performance family in this paragraph so if you want Hellcat Redeye news, keep scrollin’. First off, the 2019 Dodge Charger Hellcat gets a slight facelift with some updated performance tech such as an After-Run Chiller, Torque Reserve, and line-lock. The 2019 Challenger R/T Scat Pack and Hellcat will boast new hoods, more power, and will both be available with widebody fender flares. All models appear to be getting updated wheels for the 2019 run as well.
And now the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye! Instead of pissing every person who bought a 2018 Demon off with an even higher performing Challenger, Dodge decided to squeeze a new model in between the Hellcat and the Demon. Dubbed the “Redeye”, the new special edition Hellcat is likely going to be more obtainable than the Demon which was limited to 3,300 for the U.S. and Canada.
So what’s so special about the 2019 Hellcat Redeye? For starters it inherited the Demon’s engine and is de-tuned, or leveraged, as Dodge puts it, to produce 797 horsepower and 707 lb-ft of torque. On top of that, the Redeye will be offered in both standard and widebody trims along with different final drive ratios depending on if you want to take it to the drag strip or the track. The widebody models will also offer quicker quarter-mile times while the standard will have slightly higher top speeds. There are also a boatload of performance improvements in and out for the Redeye which you can read about here.
Luckily, the Redeye also offers a plethora of visual updates and easter-eggs in addition to performance. The big hard-to-miss one is the new double-inlet hood that makes it stand out from other Challenger models. A smaller nod to the new name is the addition of a red-painted eye on every Hellcat logo throughout the car. There is also a unique graphic displayed when firing up the Redeye as well.
The only thing that could make the 2019 Dodge Hellcat Redeye even cooler than it already is would be if the daytime running lights turned red once entering “track” mode. I thought of it first so back-off other automotive blogs!