For some people, 707 horsepower is a little on the weak side. At least, it seems like Dodge believes that, considering it first made the limited-run Demon and is back now with a new Redeye version of the Challenger Hellcat.
This 2019 model features the Hellcat supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine, only dialed up to 797 horsepower and 707 lb.-ft. of torque. That’s a gain of 90 horsepower and 57 lb.-ft. of torque, which you should most definitely feel.
To squeeze out improved performance, Dodge swapped out or upgraded 25 big parts on the Hellcat. One of the most dramatic is a supercharger with increased displacement and almost 3 psi of additional boost. A rear seat delete package is available, if you don’t want to scare three of your closest friends at once.
If you’re fantasizing about rowing through the gears with the Redeye, I hate to be the bearer of bad news. The only transmission Dodge will pair it with is an 8-speed automatic. An upgraded torque converter is supposed to boost torque multiplication by 18 percent, when compared to the automatic used in the regular Hellcat.
A Widebody option will be available for the Hellcat Redeye, just like regular Hellcat models. The additional 3.5-inches of width means a bigger contact patch for all that power to transfer to the ground. Dodge claims the Widebody model shaves about 0.3 seconds off the Redeye’s quarter mile time.