First Look: 2019 Dodge Challenger

First Look: 2019 Dodge Challenger

Dodge unveils new performance and cosmetic upgrades across its Challenger line-up for 2019.

Dodge has been one of the first-movers in bringing affordable power to the automotive market. For 2019, they have pulled the covers off their updated Challenger line-up which features more power and performance options. Most notably is their release of the 2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye which continues with the trend of affordable power.

First Look: 2019 Dodge Challenger

Jumping right into the numbers, the latest addition to the Hellcat family makes a whopping 797 HP and 707 lb.-ft of torque from an upgraded, supercharged 6.2L V8. Upgrades include a larger, 2.7 litre supercharger – one of the largest in any production car – which turns up boost to 14.1psi. The Redeye also packs larger intakes, and an increased redline (up to 6,500RPM). These performance updates allow the 2019 Hellcat Redeye to hit 96km/h in 3.4 seconds, and reach a top speed of 326 km/h. On the drag strip, it can achieve a quarter mile time of 10.8 seconds.

Both a six-speed manual and an eight-speed automatic are available on all standard Hellcat models. If one opts for the Redeye, however, a TorqueFlite 8HP90 automatic transmission is the only option in order to put the power down.

First Look: 2019 Dodge Challenger

The design language on the 2019 Hellcat models remains relatively unchanged. If one opts for the Challenger Scat Pack 392, however, not only do they receive a 6.4L V8 under the hood, but a factory Hellcat Widebody comes standard increasing the presence of the vehicle on the road. Additionally, the Scat Pack receives similar Hellcat performance features as standard equipment, such as: Launch Control, Launch Assist, Line Lock and SRT driving modes. Power, although slightly turned down, still comes in at an impressive 485 HP and 475 lb.-ft of torque.

Models lower in the range like the Challenger R/T and RWD GT models also gain new packages which are meant to help with performance. A Performance Handling Package adds new wider, 20” wheels, and a range of suspension upgrades including larger rear sway bars to help mitigate understeer.

First Look: 2019 Dodge Challenger

Overall, 2019 has introduced new changes across the Challenger line-up keeping the American muscle car tradition alive and well.

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