2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Coupe

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$69,995

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2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye 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.

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Pros

Widebody design

Supercharged engine

Pirelli P Zero tires

6-piston Brembo brakes

Cons

Harsh ride quality

Visibility compromised by the C-pillars

Hefty size hinders agility

Gas Guzzler tax applicable in some states

What's New?

New SRT Hellcat Redeye model

10+ hp in the SRT Hellcat

Dual-snorkel hood scoop


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$69995

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

376 cu.in.

horsepower

797 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

707 lbs.-ft @ 4500 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

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

57 in.

curb weight

4451 lbs.

ground clearance

4.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

40.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

16.2 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.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

5 yr. / 60000 mi.


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Styles

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Billet Clear Coat

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Ratings

Engine And Performance

8.0

Interior

7.5

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Coupe SRT Hellcat Redeye

SRT Hellcat Redeye

power
797 hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
16 combined

$69,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe (6.2L 8cyl S/C 8A) Starting at $69,995 MSRP (13/16/21) 797 hp @ 6300 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic 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

7.8

Overall Rating


The SRT Hellcat Redeye peaks the powerful lineup of Dodge Challengers for 2019. Although none of the other cars can refrain from delivering the fun, throttling up a 797-hp beast as it goes along a drag strip fills you with adrenaline like nothing else. It is the epitome of a muscle car. Big, bold, and not afraid to throw down. While the more expensive supercars give you better handling and refined atmosphere, it is the raw power that makes the Hellcat Redeye an instant classic. Moreover, unlike the Demon, it is not banned by the NHRA....yet.

While the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye may be fast in a straight line, it is not much fun on a track that has corners. Some might argue that its terrible handling capabilities are a reminiscent of old school muscle cars, the truth is that many other sports cars for the price are much more suited for a track day. The Camaros and Mustangs have caught on to this fact, shifting into proper sports car categories. The Germans, on the other hand, offer better luxury and technology for the more modern and sensible driver.


 

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2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Coupe Features

If the Challenger SRT Hellcat wasn't powerful enough for you, Dodge makes a 2019 version of the Dodge Demon - the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye with a High Output engine and mechanical upgrades like bigger brakes, Heavy duty half shafts, Torqueflite transmission, as well as bigger air intakes.

Model

SRT Hellcat Redeye

MSRP

$71,695

Key Features

Supercharged 6.2L HEMI High Output SRT V8 Engine

 

797 horsepower

 

707 lb-ft of torque

 

Torqueflite Eight-Speed Automatic Transmission

 

SRT Power Chiller and After-Run Chiller

 

Functional Dual Snorkel Hood with Cold Air Intake

We Recommend

If you frequently visit the drag strip, the Challenger SRT is enough of a muscle car for you, with a massive 6.2L V8 and 717 hp at your disposal. However, for a premium of about $10,000 you get a 6.2L SRT High Output V8 in the Redeye which makes a jump in power figures to 797 hp along with the additional mechanical components to launch you on the drag strip. With it, you can ensure the rest of your competitors will be left behind in the rearview mirror.

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye 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

Dodge is not messing about with the Challenger. Channeling their inner demon - pun intended - the engineers at Dodge have summoned the SRT Hellcat Redeye. With higher boost pressure, a larger supercharger, stronger engine components, an additional dual-stage fuel pump, an increased-capacity airbox, and an improved lubrication system, the output from the Redeye's V8 shoots up to 797 hp and 707 lb-ft, with the redline now touching 6500 rpm.

In the SRT Hellcat, you get the option to choose between a six-speed Tremec manual or an eight-speed Torqueflite automatic transmission. While 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 Redeye Coupe

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe

Ford Shelby GT350 Coupe

BMW M4 Coupe

Audi RS 5 coupe Quattro

Mercedes AMG C63 Coupe

Cadillac ATS V Coupe

MSRP

$71,695

$64,195

$61,435

$70,145

$74,200

$68,750

$68,790

Engine

6.2L SRT HEM V8 Supercharged

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

8-Speed Automatic

6-Speed manual

6-Speed manual

6 Speed manual

8-Speed automatic

9-Speed automatic

6-Speed manual

Horsepower

797 hp@ 6000rpm

650 hp@ 6400rpm

526 hp@ 7500rpm

425 hp@ 5500rpm

444 hp@ 5700 rpm

469 hp@ 5500rpm

464 hp @ 5850 rpm

Torque(lb-ft)

707@ 4800rpm

650@ 3600rpm

429@ 4750 rpm

406@ 1850rpm

443@ 1900 rpm

479@ 1750rpm

445@ 3500rpm

For its price, no other car can match the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye for its mad power figures. Still, the SpeedShift transmission on the Mercedes AMG C 63 feels a lot smoother when shifting at city speeds.

Acceleration

If there is one place that will most familiarize you with this car, it is the drag strip. The engine beckons you to take it to the limit the first time you turn the car on and feel the vibrations traversing the steering wheel. When you do that, after a set of burnouts that get you familiar with the sound of that magnificent V8, the force hits you back into the sport seats and in a blitz, you are well past 100 mph. In less than 11 seconds, you are past the quarter-mile mark. This is when you stomp hard on the brakes and get back to the starting line for one more thrilling run.

Models

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat  Redeye 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

3.3 sec

3.5 sec

3.9 sec

4.1 sec

3.8 sec

4.3 sec

4.2 sec

Quarter mile

10.8 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)

14.85

13.11

13.50

10.03

6.98

10.58

10.30

There aren't many cars around that give you a sub-11 second quarter-mile right out of the factory. Achieving this feat, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye leaves all the others in the dust. The Camaro ZL1 comes closest to matching the Redeye's performance. Surprisingly, the Audi RS5 comes a lot closer than all the other European sports coupes, thanks to its excellent Quattro AWD system.

Braking

The brakes on the SRT Hellcat match the performance of the engine, the braking forces are as massive as the torque. The Dodge is quite a heavyweight, even with the rear seat delete option checked. The 15.4-inch brakes in the front and the 13.8-inches at the back with the six-piston Brembos help with chipping away speed with amazing efficiency. The brake travel is adequate and the car never seems unstoppable at any speed.

Model

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye 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.)

104

107

96

108

105

115

99

The 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye has quite an impressive braking performance, much better than most of its competitors. Yet, it stops further than the Shelby GT350 and the Cadillac ATS V due to its heavier 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 Redeye Coupe Fuel Economy

You'll be surprised that EPA still rates the Challenger Hellcat Redeye. Even with its powertrain, it can cover 13 miles in the city for a gallon. That number climbs to 21 on a highway, which is pretty respectable for a car of its capabilities. It doesn't enable the car to become a commuter but makes it possible to drive it to the drag strip instead of towing it.

Model

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye 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 over the Hellcat. The inline-6 in the BMW is the best choice for you to get good fuel economy, of about 18 miles to the gallon in the city and 25 mpg cruising on highways. For a true luxury cruiser, you will never regret choosing the Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63.

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Coupe Interior

7.5/10

"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

Being at the top of the lineup does have its benefits, as the Hellcat Redeye so elegantly proves. The seats are just as spacious as the lower trims. It is the exclusive leather upholstery that sets the Hellcat in a league of its own. The optional Houndstooth finish completes the Challenger's iconic 1971 look. The cabin is well-built and you never hear any squeaks or rattles unless you are really pushing the car to its limits. It is surprising that such a behemoth of power would be able to seat in five adults comfortably.

The dual-zone climate is better than what you get on a Honda Civic. It holds its temperature well and makes a world of difference especially in cold climates. The seats heat up well, though the ventilation can use a tune-up. It is easy to climb into the car without much drama. Not so easy when trying to look what is behind, since the C-pillars get in your way.

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

38.8/54.8/42.0

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

37.0/50.7/32.7

35.6/51.7/32

35.1/55.1/33.5

The rear seats can be removed in favor of shedding weight. They offer more room than the Camaro for sure, which is practically a two-seater. Even with the premium finish, that feels more luxurious than most American muscle cars, the Challenger has nothing compared what greets the passengers of the Mercs and BMWs of the same price tag.

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 SRT Hellcat Redeye is a unique car. You can use the trunk for carrying luggage and groceries on the weekdays. Come the weekend, you can throw in a spare set of tires as you prepare to go to the nearest drag strip and let the Hellcat rip the competition to pieces. The 16.2 cubic feet trunk is plentiful on its own. Fold down the rear seats and you have all the space you may need for all your cargo needs. The trunk lid is wide and opens low down, which makes it easy to load in stuff.

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

Upfront, there is just enough small-item storage to let feel like any other family sedan. There are cupholders, armrests with storage compartments, and a dedicated smartphone stand. The side pockets can hold all sizes of beverages and documents. The glove box is spacious for a bit of literature. All this makes you forget that you are sitting in a 797-horsepower monster.

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Coupe Exterior

"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." -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 1970s. Although it has had a lot of touches to make it more appealing to a modern audience, it has carried forth a lot of styling that still reminds you of the Challengers of old. It is surely a modern muscle car that makes its forefathers proud. Aside from more aerodynamic sharp edges that sling around the sides of the widebody, the boxy design is a nostalgic throwback.

Model

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye 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

64.0/63.7

63.4/62

N/A

62.2/63.1

62.9/62.5

64.4/62.7

60.3/61.7

The Challenger's dimensions make it a force to be reckoned with. It is the longest car in its segment and its width makes it less than ideal to master confined spaces. Its wide Pirelli tires and a low center of gravity surely help it get the least hindrance from its heavy chassis. If you want a more maneuverable car, the Audi RS5 and the BMW M4 are surely the best alternatives. Even the Camaro ZL1 is exceptionally well-tamed around corners.

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Coupe Safety

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 Redeye Coupe Competition

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye vs Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Where the Dodge Challenger Hellcat has remained true to its muscle car form, the Camaro has gone with the times and changed over to sports car territory. Its design is more aerodynamic and its handling has improved just as well, if not better. Even the most powerful Camaro cannot match the Hellcat Redeye in terms of straight-line performance but it is so much more once you take it to a proper racing track. For practicality, the Camaro is of little use with its small trunk and rear seats capable of carrying no one older than 10 years of age. The Hellcat can offer you much more passenger and cargo space.

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye 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. On the inside, the Mustang has a beautifully sculpted cabin, while the Challenger has a minimalistic approach that gets too old too quick. The Hellcat Redeye can leave the Mustang in the dust any day of the week, yet it is the Shelby's perfect balance between power, handling, and practicality that makes it such a great buy. If you need more of a reason to go for the Mustang, it is $10,000 less expensive than the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye.

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye vs Audi RS5 Quattro

The Audi RS5, unlike the Challenger, utilizes AWD. This grants it better traction that further translates to improved handling and better use for its power. Audi's virtual cockpit is a step into the future for automobile infotainment, whereas the old school Challenger still goes for the regular dials on the dash. The RS5 Quattro coupe may be appealing to those in search of a track day racer that has some practicality and daily driveability. For those with a mean dragster in mind, the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is the perfect pick.

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Coupe Final Verdict

The SRT Hellcat Redeye is a purpose-built drag strip demolisher inheriting the Dodge Demon's soul. So, unless you are a professional drag racer or a supercar collector like Jay Leno, the Redeye is only an expensive toy for you to flex upon and perform burnouts. Psst! Hennessy got its hand on few and now they punch out 1035 hp and 948 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels.

FAQs

How fast is the Dodge Hellcat Redeye?

The 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye can reach 60 mph from a standstill in 3.4 seconds and do a quarter-mile in 10.8 seconds. On a long, straight road, the Hellcat Redeye can achieve a top speed of 202 mph.

Are Dodge Challengers reliable?

Yes. The Dodge Challenger scored a reputable 80 out of the standard 100-point scale by JD Power. This was enough to grant it the Best Performance Car Award, which ensures that you wouldn't have to worry about your Hellcat breaking down anytime soon.

What is the difference between a Hellcat and a Hellcat Redeye?

Both the Hellcat and Hellcat Redeye are part of Dodge's Challenger lineup. The cars are similar in most aspects, with only the powertrain being different. The regular Hellcat has a supercharged 6.2L HEMI SRT V8 engine that produces 717 horsepower. The Hellcat Redeye has the same engine but with a bigger supercharger that makes 797 horsepower. Thus, the Hellcat Redeye is more powerful, which in turn makes it a better drag racer.

Does the Hellcat use a HEMI engine?

Yes. The 6.2L Supercharged V8 on the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is a HEMI. It almost the same as the regular Hellcat, the only difference is that this one has a larger 2.3L supercharger that grants it 797 horsepower.