Hellcat has become synonymous with power. The Redeye is a more powerful and possessed Hellcat.
The Dodge Challenger is fast approaching its twelfth model year with minimal changes and yet, it still commands attention. FCA’s plan to multiply the number of special version on this platform has been nothing short of absolute genius. In the history of the automobile, I think only the Porsche 911 has held such an incredible number of iterations.
What’s perhaps most clever about how FCA has proceeded is that it squeezes intermediate models between its flagship designations. The Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is one such example as it sits between the already legendary Demon and the massively popular Hellcat.
As an in between-er, should it be on your radar? Why not save a few dollars and get the “regular” Hellcat or shell out big and find a gently (LOL) used Demon? Or what about cutting expenses nearly in half and opting for a Scat Pack 392?
Let’s check the Redeye out.
Why you should buy a 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye:
- The 2019 SRT Hellcat Redeye sits at the top of the Challenger’s 2019 lineup. With a $94,195 starting price tag, exclusivity is almost assured.
- The 797-horsepower High-Output supercharged 6.2-litre V8 is insanely powerful. Very few cars can keep up either physically or aurally.
- Despite the massive power, the SRT Hellcat Redeye is surprisingly easy to drive at low speeds – it can be daily-driven without compromise. The ride is quite civilized.
- Even if the Challenger is ancient, it still looks spectacular. As tested, draped in Plum-Crazy and with a matte-black hood, it’s just as appealing as ever.
- The cabin is as user-friendly as always. Uconnect 4C continues to be an excellent infotainment system.
- Cold starts. Every morning. The rumble is intoxicating. Seriously, the Redeye really sounds as though it is roaring to life.
- The Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye actually handles even if it feels like it weighs as much as three RAM 1500s.
Why you should not buy a 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye:
- Although the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye will be exclusive, the fact that there are so many pampered and babied Challengers will not allow it to appreciate in value for a long while.
- The Redeye is not available with a manual transmission whereas the base Hellcat is.
- About the Hellcat, for just shy of $80,000 with the Tremec 6-speed, it is $15,000 less expensive than the Redeye and is, in my opinion, 95% of the latter. The widebody kit is a nice touch on the Redeye but the SRT Barracuda rear spoiler, as a $875 option, almost makes up for no widebody. (and is included in the sub-$80k price.)
- Do you like supercharger whine? Honestly, the V8’s sound is so deep and delicious that the charger’s whistle overpowers and ruins the moment. This is why I’d get a Scat Pack 392 with widebody and Tremec for less than $62,500.
- Do you like to serve time? The HO Hellcat’s power is addictive. It will get to you as will the local constabulary. It’s only a matter of time.
We love the Dodge Challenger. Always have and always will. The greatest misconception with the “modern” Challenger is that it will gain value like the original did – it will not. The Demon has a chance given its limited run but that’s about it.
Despite its popularity, the Challenger feels more special than the Ford Mustang and the Chevy Camaro even though both are far more advanced automobiles. With the exception of the Ford Mustang Bullitt, I’d almost always select a Challenger over the other two pony cars. The Big Mopar Coupe draws me in for reasons only my heart can explain. I’d not get a Hellcat though.
If you want a Dodge Challenger, don’t challenge yourself to find out why, just go with it. The Mustang and Camaro are very different cars and are designed to meet different needs.