2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Coupe

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2019 MODEL
$59,245

6.4

Overall Rating

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2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Coupe Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


CARHP Editorial Updated on: November 13, 2019


After exorcising the 2018 Dodge Demon from the lineup, the remnants of the paranormal entity now reside within the SRT Hellcat and its brother the SRT Hellcat Redeye. New to the lineup, the SRT Hellcat Redeye comes with a modified 6.2L supercharged V8 producing 797 hp and 707 lb-ft torque. Even the SRT Hellcat gets a new hood and 10 more horses tugging at the crankshaft.

Starting at $61,745, the SRT Hellcat has a 717 hp supercharged V8 which you can get with either a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic. While, the Redeye at $71,350, has steroids coursing through its veins along with several other upgrades to the powertrain. Either way, you can't go wrong with this weapon in your arsenal as you head to the drag strip.

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Pros

Widebody design

Enough horses for a medieval army

Pirelli P-Zero tires

Brakes to match its power

Cons

Harsh ride quality

Visibility compromised by the C-pillars

Hefty size hinders agility

What's New?

New SRT Hellcat Redeye trim

More power in the SRT Hellcat

Dual-snorkel hood scoop


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$59245

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

376 cu.in.

horsepower

717 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

656 lbs.-ft @ 4800 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front short and long arm suspension w/heavy-duty anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/heavy-duty anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

64/63.7

dimensions

wheelbase

116.2 in.

length

197.5 in.

width

75.7 in.

height

55.7 in.

curb weight

4429 lbs.

ground clearance

4.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

40.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

41.8 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

13/16/21 mpg

highway range

388.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

60 months. / 60000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

5 yr. / 60000 mi.


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Styles

 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Coupe in B5 Blue Pearl Coat color  2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Coupe in F8 Green color  2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Coupe in Plum Crazy Pearl Coat color  2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Coupe in Octane Red Pearl Coat color  2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Coupe in TorRed Clear Coat color
B5 Blue Pearl Coat

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Ratings

Engine And Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

3.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

4.0

6.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Coupe SRT Hellcat

SRT Hellcat

power
717 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
16 combined

$59,245


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe (6.2L 8cyl S/C 6M) Starting at $59,245 MSRP (13/16/21) 717 hp @ 6000 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, premium unleaded (required)
6-speed manual rear wheel drive 5   Torred Clear Coat
  Octane Red Pearl Coat
  Indigo Blue
  Pitch Black Clear Coat
  Destroyer Grey Clear Coat
  Yellow Jacket Clear Coat

Expert Review

6.4

Overall Rating


The SRT Hellcat is not the only formidable coupe at the drag strip. Rivals like the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 offer it a stiff competition. There are also several Deutschlanders like Audi and BMW that offer a slightly inferior performance in favor of razor-sharp handling and advanced tech features. Still, the Hellcat maintains a certain balance between performance and practicality that not even top-notch sports cars can achieve.


 

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

3.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.0/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 

4.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Coupe Features

The 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat can be powerful enough for anyone with an interest in drag racing. It is basically a Challenger R/T Scat Pack with a bigger engine. It fills in the gap for those looking for something more powerful than the SRT 392 but still retaining some down-to-earth features that don't make it a chore to drive the car all the way to the strip.

Model

SRT Hellcat

MSRP

$61,746

 Key Features

Supercharged 6.2L HEMI SRT V8 Engine

  Six-Piston Brembo Performance Front Brakes
  Line Lock
  Uconnect 4C with 8.4-Inch Touchscreen Featuring SRT Performance Pages
  Launch Control and After-Run Chiller
  20x9.5-Inch Low Gloss Black Deep Lightweight Aluminum Wheels
  Available Widebody Package

We Recommend

If you frequently visit the drag strip, the Challenger SRT Hellcat is the perfect muscle car for you. With a massive 6.2L V8 and 717 hp at your disposal, there are very few production cars that can go faster in a straight line. Don't expect much if you turn the steering wheel, though.

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Coupe Engine and Performance

8.0/10

"Admire the exhaust's cannon-blast startup sound and baritone roar when prodded. It provided breakneck acceleration, especially at highway speeds." -Car and Driver

Engine and Transmission

SRT Hellcat is the name Dodge bequeaths the most outrageous vehicles it manufactures and this Challenger certainly fits the description. With a 717 hp and 656 lb-ft supercharged 6.2L V8, the Hellcat now is more powerful than ever before. At this point, the Challenger has surpassed what used to be known as the muscle car territory and set foot in the realm of super sports.

In the SRT Hellcat, you get the option to choose between a six-speed Tremec manual or an eight-speed Torqueflite automatic transmission. The Redeye gets a modified version of the automatic transmission with an upgraded torque converter, which is instantly noticeable when you put it through its paces on the drag strip.

Models

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Coupe

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Coupe

BMW M4 Coupe

Audi RS 5 Quattro Coupe

Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 Coupe

Cadillac ATS V Coupe

MSRP

$61,745

$64,195

$61,435

$70,145

$74,200

$68,750

$68,790

Engine

6.2L Supercharged Hemi SRT V8

6.2L V8 Supercharged Big Block

5.2L  Voodoo V8

3.0L I-6 Twin Turbo

2.9L V6 Twin Turbo

4.0L V8 Twin Turbo

3.6L Twin Turbo V6

Transmission

6 Speed manual

6 Speed manual

6 Speed manual

6 Speed manual

8 Speed automatic

9 Speed automatic

6 Speed manual

Horsepower

717 hp@ 6000rpm

650 hp@ 6400rpm

526 hp@ 7500rpm

425 hp@ 5500rpm

444 hp@ 5700 rpm

469 hp@ 5500rpm

464 hp @ 5850 rpm

Torque

656 ft-lbs@ 4800rpm

650 ft-lbs@ 3600rpm

429 ft-lbs@ 4750 rpm

406 ft-lbs@ 1850rpm

443 ft-lbs@ 1900 rpm

479 ft-lbs@ 1750rpm

445 ft-lbs. @ 3500rpm

The competition has it tough competing with a beast like the Hellcat. The ones to come close to challenge the throne are the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, with its 650 hp and 650 lb-ft V8 engine. The Ford's iconic Shelby GT350 comes with the 5.2L Voodoo V8 making 526 hp, while BMW M4 has a tiny inline-6 that gets it nowhere near the same output against the V8s in this segment.

Acceleration

You can realize where the Challenger SRT Hellcat was born to be when you take a couple of runs at the nearest drag strip. You are better off buying a monthly subscription to tires from Pirelli because every time you launch this car, you just cannot resist shredding them. As you floor the pedal, the rear wheels squeal for grip and you before you can compose yourself, you've already hit 80 mph. The Redeye with all the enhancements does it even faster, taking just 3.4 seconds to go from naught to 60 mph.

Models

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Coupe

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Coupe

BMW M4 Coupe

Audi RS 5 Quattro Coupe

Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 Coupe

Cadillac ATS V Coupe

0-60 MPH

3.6 sec

3.5 sec

3.9 sec

4.1 sec

3.8 sec

4.3 sec

4.2 sec

Quarter mile

11.7 sec

11.4 sec

12.2 sec

12.5 sec

12.0 sec

13.6 sec

12.8 sec

Engine

6.2L V8

6.2L V8

5.2L V8

3.0L i6

2.9L V6

4.0L V8

3.6L V6

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

14.11

13.11

13.50

10.03

6.98

10.58

10.30

In this cutthroat competition, it seems even 717 hp is not enough. The Chevy Camaro ZL1 beats the SRT Hellcat to the finish line in just 11.4 seconds. Surprisingly, the Audi RS5 Quattro comes in close to the Hellcat, thanks to its increased traction with the impressive Quattro AWD. 

Braking

The brakes on the SRT Hellcat match the performance of the engine. The Dodge is quite a heavyweight with 4429 pounds, even with the rear seat delete option checked. However, the 15.4-inch brakes upfront and the 13.8-inches at the back with the six-piston Brembos chip away speed with amazing efficiency. The pedals have decent travel and never let you feel out of control at any speed.

Model

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Coupe

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Coupe

BMW M4 Coupe

Audi RS 5 Quattro Coupe

Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 Coupe

Cadillac ATS V Coupe

Brake Front (in.)

15.4

15.35

15.5

15

13.8

14.2

12.4

Brake Rear (in.)

13.8

14.4

14.9

14.6

13

14.2

12.6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4429

3883

3760

3625

3649

4074

3803

60-0 MPH (ft.)

108

107

96

108

105

115

99

Most of the super muscle coupes in the competition have similarly sized discs for braking. The Cadillac however, has smaller 12-inch brakes, but nor does it possess such a demonic engine to keep up with the devil's army. The Shelby GT350 has the best braking performance due to its lighter chassis.

Ride and Handling

While most modern muscle cars have gained the additional ability to handle corners well, the SRT Hellcat sticks to its roots and specializes in straight-line acceleration. Despite the enhanced performance upgrades to the suspension for better road-holding and reduced body-roll, Dodge's main focus has been the rocket-like acceleration. That being said, the wide tires and adaptive suspension does help the Hellcat turn the corner smoothly.

As a daily driver, the ride is unforgiving and harsh, and you feel every bump and crevice on the road surface rattling through the cabin. The Hellcat has more than enough power going to the rear wheels to induce oversteer in the Challenger if you're just too trigger-happy at the apex. The Redeye further exacerbates the oversteer predicament.

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Coupe Fuel Economy

3.0/10

You'll be quite surprised that the EPA still rates these vehicles for the economy. You could mistake these engines for being Irish, considering that they drink a lot. A gallon of fuel will get you a mere 13 miles from home, while city cruising extends that up to 21 miles at best. These numbers worsen with the Redeye as the supercharger takes a toll on the mileage. You can expect to refill a lot, too, since an 18.5-gallon fuel tank doesn't do favors for the car's range.

Model

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Coupe

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Coupe

BMW M4 Coupe

Audi RS 5 Quattro Coupe

Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 Coupe

Cadillac ATS V Coupe

MPG (city)

13

14

14

18

18

18

16

MPG (highway)

21

20

21

25

26

27

23

MPG (combined)

16

16

16

20

21

21

19

The rivals, except the BMW M4, are no better, with marginal gains in fuel economy over the Hellcat. The inline-6 in the BMW is the best choice for you to get more miles per gallon, 18 of them for the city and 25 miles when cruising on highways. The Merc has similar figures but its added luxury makes it a better pick for long cruises.

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Coupe Interior

8.0/10

"The Challenger is a king among coupes with its class-leading passenger and cargo space. It's a far more livable daily driver than its coupe/muscle-car competition. But wrestling the large doors open to gain access can be a challenge." -Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

Continuing the retro trend to the interior, the Houndstooth patterned fabric bucket seats have contrast stitching. Along with silver and black chrome accents throughout the center console, the red-faced dials feel well in place. Leather upholstery and microsuede headliners come as optional extras, but add a much-needed luxury to this super muscle coupe. In many ways, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat can remind you of any full-sized luxury sedan akin to a Lexus. There is plenty of room and a wide range of adjustment for seats, no matter which position in the car you occupy.

Model

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Coupe

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Coupe

BMW M4 Coupe

Audi RS 5 Quattro Coupe

Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 Coupe

Cadillac ATS V Coupe

Passenger capacity

5

4

4

4

4

4

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.3/58.5/42.0

38.5/55.5/43.9

37.6/56.3/44.5

39.8/55.3/42.2

39/55.3/41.3

38.8/54.8/42

37.6/54.1/42.3

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.1/53.9/33.1

33.5/50.3/29.9

34.8/52.2/30.6

36.1/51.7/33.7

NA/50.7/32.7

35.6/51.7/32

35.1/55.1/33.5

The rear seats in the Challenger are comfortable for seating three adults, or they can be deleted in lieu of saving weight. Either way, they turn out much more useful than the rear seats you find in the coupes going against the Hellcat, which are too small to be habitable. The Camaro is practically a 2-seater.

Infotainment System

The center console gets Liquid Titanium accents along with the steering wheel, shifter, and instrument bezels. With a huge 8.4-inch touch screen running the user-friendly Uconnect system, the Dodge Challenger is good to offer such good technology for its infotainment. The touchscreen is crisp and swift to operate, with easily distinguishable icons that make it easier to operate while driving. Both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are supported for more convenience. Some other infotainment features include:

  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Auxiliary cable audio input
  • 2 USB ports
  • AM/FM/HD radio
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Harman Kardon Premium audio system

Cargo Capacity

The Challenger coupe flaunts a trunk size large enough to give the Charger sedan a run for its money. Comparable to a mid-size sedan, the 16.2 cubic feet cargo space blows the competition like Mustang and the Camaro out of the water. The trunk opens wide and is easy to access as well. Fold down or completely remove the rear seats and you get enough space to cater to all your cargo needs.

Model

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Coupe

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Coupe

BMW M4 Coupe

Audi RS 5 Quattro Coupe

Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 Coupe

Cadillac ATS V Coupe

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

16.2

9.1

13.5

11.0

16.4

10.5

10.4

The Audi RS5 is the only one that matches the Challenger SRT Hellcat in terms of storage. All the other sports coupes just don't allow you to carry too much luggage. The Camaro ZL1 ends up at the bottom of the barrel with its paltry 9.1 cubic feet of storage space.

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Coupe Exterior

8.0/10

"The Challenger oozes muscle car. The deeply inset front grille and round headlights are throwbacks to the early 70s. The Challenger is wide, and while it doesn't appear so up front, the big rear haunches and slab sides serve notice that this is one large coupe based on a sedan structure." -The Car Connection

Design and Dimensions

Along with the widebody design, the Hellcat gets a dual-snorkel air extractor on its hood which pays homage to old school muscle cars of the 70s. The larger Pirelli P Zero tires give tremendous grip with the widened track, despite which the car oversteers. The quad exhaust tips and rear spoilers add to the sporty character of the Hellcat. There are just enough design details to pay homage to its roots, while the smooth lines and aerodynamic gimmicks reflect its touch to the modern era.

Model

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Coupe

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Coupe

BMW M4 Coupe

Audi RS 5 Quattro Coupe

Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 Coupe

Cadillac ATS V Coupe

Curb weight (lbs.)

4429

3883

3760

3625

3649

4074

3803

Length(in)

197.5

190.2

189.6

184.5

185.9

187.1

184.7

Width(in)

75.7

75.0

75.9

73.6

73.3

73.9

72.5

Height(in)

57.0

52.9

54.2

54.4

53.5

55.2

54.5

Wheelbase (in)

116.2

110.7

107.1

110.7

108.9

111.8

109.3

Track width (in) F/R

64/63.7

63.4/62

N/A

62.2/63.1

62.9/62.5

64.4/62.7

60.3/61.7

Longer and taller than any of the competition, the SRT Hellcat is in a class of its own. The Shelby is the widest amongst the rivals and also the shortest. On the weighing scale, the Hellcat is the heaviest with the M4 having the lightest, and most maneuverable, chassis in the segment.

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Coupe Safety

4.0/10

The 2019 Dodge Challenger coupe has received average safety ratings from federal crash test authorities. It is mostly a solid build but has marginally lower strength on the driver side of the chassis, which prevents it from getting a perfect score across the board. The side and rollover protection are adequate due to proper weight distribution and elongated panels at the sides. The Challenger's steel frame can further be reinforced by a roll cage, which costs $1 and removes the back seats.

The Challenger does not get a really long list of features like the Ford gives the Mustang. However, the features are adequately functional and get the job done. There is no Automated Emergency Braking or Lane Keep Assists as its more modern German competitors so proudly feature. Still, the optional Forward Collision Warning works well up to par.

Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • ParkSense Rear Parking Sensors
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts
  • ParkView Back-Up Camera

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Coupe Competition

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat vs Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

The Dodge still lacks the agility and track performance that the Camaro has achieved to be in the leagues of the Porsche. The SRT has maxed out one skill and has achieved a Ph.D. in straight-line performance. The Camaro ZL1 can have a better performance than the Hellcat, yet it loses some of its essence that made the Camaro belong to the muscle car category in the first place. The Challenger has all the classic bits enhanced along with a lot of practicality to go with it.

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat vs Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

The Shelby name carries the heritage along with it, which the Challenger lacks, resembling any other basic Challenger around town. Although the Challenger has a much more powerful engine, the Mustang is still the head turner. It is much better on the inside as well, though not as spacious as the Challenger. If you're willing to sacrifice a bit of practicality for more agility, the Mustang is certainly the better pick.

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat vs Mercedes-Benz AMG C63

The Mercedes-Benz AMG series has always delivered breathtaking performance with enough luxury to let you experience what it is like to travel inside a five-star suite. While the Dodge Challenger offers more space, the Merc uses whatever space it has to never the occupants feel uncomfortable in the slightest way. Its build is something few other luxury cars can compare to. While slower than Hellcat, the Merc's design and features make it well worth the extra 7 grand.

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Coupe Final Verdict

Taking the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat to your local drag strip will be like bringing a gun to a knife fight unless someone gets the Camaro ZL1. However, in areas like comfort and infotainment, the Challenger is ahead of most American coupes. It is still a far-fetched idea to consider the Hellcat as a comfortable cruiser. Still, it does its job of offering breathtaking acceleration while maintaining a level of practicality that makes it easy to use around town.

FAQs

Are Dodge Challengers reliable?

Yes. Every Dodge Challenger is built from heavy use of steel and minimum interference of digital systems that hamper your ability to feel the car's dynamics in a wholesome way. This is the reason why JD Power has awarded the 2019 Dodge Challenger a respectable score of 80, granting it the top spot in the Performance category.

Is the SRT Hellcat the most powerful Challenger?

No. The spot for the most powerful Dodge Challenger is reserved for the Dodge Demon. Its supercharged 6.2L V8 produces 804 horsepower, which can be dialed up to 840 with the Deamon's Crate package. It is the most powerful street-legal production car ever made.

What does the 'SRT' stand for?

'SRT' stands for 'Street & Racing Technology'. It is a high-performance automobiles group within the Fiat Chrysler conglomerate. The Dodge Viper was the first car to receive an SRT designation through a more powerful V10 engine than the regular trims. It has been a trademark for most American performance cars since then.

Is the Hellcat faster than the Demon?

No. The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat can do a 0-60 run in 3.6 seconds and a quarter-mile in 11.7 seconds. Those numbers shrink down to 2.1 seconds and 9.65 seconds respectively for the Dodge Demon.