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Demon Spawn: 2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye Test Drive

There are enthusiasts out there that don’t want an electric car, or heaven forbid, an autonomous car. These are the folks who live to drive, and don’t want any kind of vehicle where they aren’t in full control, as they drive to have fun.  And that’s exactly who the 2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye was made for. It’ll smoke the rear tires at will, run out of fuel in 11 minutes at full throttle, and provided you’ve got the guts, break the 200 mph barrier — all while coddling its occupants in heated, ventilated leather seats.

If you’ve got race gas running through your veins, keep reading. Because you’re going to love this thing.

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2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye Exterior

With big fender flares, 20×11 Devil’s rims running 305/35ZR20 Pirelli performance tires, and a new dual-snorkel hood, the 2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye makes a statement wherever it goes. This is not a track or sports car, but instead a full-blown muscle car with the heart of a grand touring coupe. With a total of 3.5 inches of width added over the standard narrow-body Hellcat, the Redeye employs only minor visual cues to separate it from its less powerful brethren.

While the dual-snorkel hood stands out is obviously the most noticeable change, there’s also a die-cast Hellcat badge with a jeweled red eye on the front fenders. When you pop the hood, there’s a special Redeye plaque atop that big 2.7-liter supercharger, but those items aside, onlookers would be hard-pressed to tell the Redeye apart from a standard Hellcat.

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2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye Interior

Understand this: the Dodge Challenger, regardless of the version, is a big car. It sits on a 116.2-inch wheelbase, weighs in at just over 4,440 pounds, and has a total overall length of 197.9 inches. Large cars deserve comfortable interiors, and thankfully, Dodge hasn’t let us down, as the designers have included what might be some of the most comfortable seats in the business. Covered in black Napa leather, and offering heat and ventilation, one could literally cover thousands of miles here without fatigue. The back seats are also comfortable, and offer ample room for both children and adults, though passengers over six feet tall might feel cramped.

The Redeye also offers some pretty interesting technology, by way of Dodge’s Uconnect 8.4 and its 8.4-inch touchscreen. Along with functions like navigation, climate and audio, it gives drivers access to the SRT Performance Pages, launch control settings, and overall vehicle diagnostics. You can also use it to configure transmission and suspension set-up, power output, and steering feel.

The dash itself utilizes red-faced gauges with a large tachometer, a special 220-mph speedometer and upon startup, a special Redeye logo graces the center screen. One mild complaint is that trunk space, while liberal at 16.5 cubic feet, is difficult to access, as the opening is actually quite small.

But it’s worth dealing with, because you’ll be hard pressed to find a car in this market segment that’s more fun. You’ll want to drive it on a daily basis.

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2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye Performance

With 797 horsepower and 707 lb-feet of torque, the new Hellcat Redeye is the most powerful muscle car on the market today. The 6.2-liter supercharged mill is the exact same one that’s under the hood of the 2018 Demon, Dodge’s limited edition drag car, but with different performance programming and a different air box set up, so it makes 11 horsepower and 10 lb-ft of torque less than the Demon. Aside from that, the two engines are identical. The same TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission is also used to get power down, but where the Demon came stock with a 3.09 rear gear ratio, the 2019 Redeye has the option of a 2.62 rear end.

Where the Demon was a drag car, the Redeye has been tuned for handling. Underneath its skin lives a revised version of Dodge’s Bilstein three-mode Adaptive Suspension (Street, Sport, Track) with advanced SRT tuning and valving. It utilizes 30 to 35 percent more spring rate both front and rear, along with a 34mm hollow front sway bar, and a 22mm hollow bar out back. Combine that with the edition of the fender flares and 305/35ZR20 Pirelli performance tires, and you a grand touring car with superb handling manners.

That new dual-snorkel hood is another piece that helps the Redeye excel. Thanks to its enhanced aerodynamic qualities, it’ll help the Redeye achieve a top speed of 203 mph. Additional items such as the Chiller system (which uses coolant from the AC to cool the supercharger), line-lock, launch control, and the torque reserve have all been carried over from the 2018 Demon. The TransBrake is not available. What’s hard to translate into words is just how blisteringly fast this car truly is. We wouldn’t go so far as to categorize it as violent, as it’s far from it, but when you put your foot down, you’d better take stock of your surroundings — because the Redeye attacks the horizon with a quickness. Zero to 60 mph is achieved in just 3.4-seconds, and it’ll run the quarter mile in just 10.8 seconds at 131-mph. For those keeping score at home, those are supercar numbers.

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2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye Safety

Crumple zones front and rear, airbags throughout the cabin, active head restraints, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, traction control, hill start assist, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, and a host of other safety features mean the 2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye is not only the most powerful muscle car currently produced, but one of the safest ever.

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2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye Overall

When many people first heard the Redeye was going to be released, they were upset, as they thought it was destined to be some kind of Demon rip-off. Yet while 2018 Demon production was limited to 3,300 vehicles, the 2019 Challenger Redeye is a grand touring car for the people. It looks outstanding, it’s unbelievably comfortable, and it’s incredibly fast. Given it’s also packed with every modern convenience, this beast is likely to make you wonder why you’d want anything else. No joke – it’s that good.

Drop by your local AutoNation Dodge dealer today to check one out!

*Fuel economy values (mpg) are EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.

**Vehicle MSRP of $72,745.00 excludes taxes, title, transportation, options, and dealer fees.

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