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Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Production Officially Began Today

Oct 02, 2018 - 9:47 PM - by armtorque
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FCA announced this afternoon that production of the 797-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Redeye began today in Brampton and while we don’t know for sure when the first units will reach dealers – we do know for sure that the newest Mopar muscle car is about to hit the streets.

We had originally been told that production of the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat would begin in late September. FCA announced that production of the 797-horsepower muscle car actually began today, so it started about a week later than we expected, but the bottom line here is that production is underway.

According to FCA, 2019 Dodge Challengers with the Hellcat Redeye package began rolling off of the assembly line in Brampton, Ontario, Canada earlier this afternoon. This means that if you were one of the first people to order the new Redeye package, your car may have been built today. More importantly, with cars rolling off of the line, the arrival of these supercharged muscle cars to dealers and owners around the country draws closer.
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Build Your 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Online Now

Oct 02, 2018 - 9:34 AM - by armtorque
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Just a day after I published my full drive review of the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye, the Build & Price feature for the 797-horsepower Mopar muscle car has gone live on Dodge.com – allowing everyone to find out how much they need to save to bring one home.

Yesterday, I brought you my full review of the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye, one of the first of its kind to be published. It has proven to be very popular, leading some people to look into buying one, but they quickly found that as of yesterday, the 2019 Challenger wasn’t available on Dodge.com. As an interesting coincidence, that changed today, with the Redeye finally appearing on the company’s website, complete with the Build & Price feature. At Torque News I have a the full information on how to build the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT hellcat Redeye online.

This allows everyone to price out their dream Challenger Redeye and today, we bring you a closer look at the numbers for the 797-horsepower Dodge coupe.

Update: We have learned that the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye information is not complete and in some cases, it may not be accurate. The 2019 Challenger figures were purely preliminary info that was serving as a placeholder as the brand prepares to add that model to their website. This is why there weren’t pictures and why some of the options that we know will be offered were not listed. The link where we got this information has since been removed from Dodge.com, so we have removed the link that we included below.

In other words, the numbers discussed below, the numbers on the page on Dodge.com that we linked at the end of the article and that are being discussed all over social media are likely to change when the 2019 Challenger Build & Price page fully goes live on the brand’s website. In speaking with our dealership connections, we have already found some discrepancies in the dealer order guide numbers compared to the preliminary information on Dodge.com (that is now gone).

With this in mind, don’t go into your local dealership expecting to pay these figures, as they are not official and the proper figures may vary.
Full Redeye Pricing Information

The 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye has a base price of $72,745, including the $1,700 Gas Guzzler Tax and the $1,395 Destination Fee. This pricing includes the standard-width body, the 797-horsepower supercharged engine and the uniquely-tuned 8-speed automatic transmission with the torque convertor from the 840-horsepower Demon.

Written by Torque News reporter Patrick Rall.
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Which Blown Challenger for You: Hellcat or Redeye?

Sep 12, 2018 - 12:19 PM - by MagnumClub
Which Blown Challenger for You: Hellcat or Redeye?

By Patrick Rall, LXForums Editorial Staff

The 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye comes with a 797-horsepower version of the supercharged Hemi in the 2018 Demon and recently, I had a chance to drive the Redeye for a few hours on the open road and on the hilly, curvy road course of Club Motorsports and Tamworth, New Hampshire.
Frankly, the Redeye is nothing short of remarkable, combining with power of the Demon with the road-handling prowess of the Hellcat. The Redeye comes with Torque Reserve, the intercooler chiller, line lock, high-stall torque convertor and the high-strength driveline bits from the Demon, but it maintains the suspension, brakes, wheels, tires and interior of the Hellcat. Basically, the Redeye is a Hellcat with the majority of the drivetrain components and features of the Demon – sans the TransBrake.

After spending the day piloting the Redeye, many people ask me the same general question. They either ask if I’m sorry that I didn’t wait for the Redeye or if I plan to trade my Hellcat on the Redeye.

To answer those questions frankly, no, I am not sorry that I didn’t wait for the Redeye and no, I do not plan to trade in my Hellcat on the stronger Redeye.

The next most common question comes from Hellcat owners who wanted to know if they should trade their current car on a Redeye. While that decision needs to be made by the owner, here is some insight for those folks considering trading their 2015-2018 Hellcat on a Redeye – or those shoppers who are considering the 797hp Redeye against the 717hp Hellcat for 2019.

The Redeye Differences
When you compare the 2019 Hellcat to the Redeye, there are two key differences – the drivetrain and the price. As mentioned above, the Redeye has the Demon drivetrain with 797 horsepower, a stronger transmission and a stronger drive line assembly, but it costs $11,000 more than the 2019 Hellcat. More importantly, with an MSRP starting right around $70,000, the Redeye is roughly $25,000 more than most Hellcat owners can expect to get on trade.

With this in mind, the decision on which to buy – or whether to trade a 15-18 Hellcat on a Redeye – comes down to how much that extra power is worth to you. In terms of normal driving, the Hellcat and Redeye perform identically and while the Redeye does accelerate harder at every point in the powerband, you have to really be hard into the throttle to get the most out of the added power of the Redeye.

If you don’t regularly use the top end of the powerband in your current Hellcat or other Mopar muscle car, the odds are good that you aren’t going to use the top end power in the Redeye. If you aren’t using the big power and you aren’t racing – thus you aren’t using the advantages that come with the Redeye – you are better off saving that $11,000 and buying a Hellcat or simply sticking with the car that you already have.

On the other hand, if you race a great deal or you find that your Hellcat just doesn’t pull hard enough for you anymore, the Redeye is a pretty impressive offering. It truly offers the same handling, ride quality and braking feel as the Hellcat, except it packs nearly 800 horsepower. That added power makes the Redeye noticeably quicker than the Hellcat from a stop, through the mid-range and on the top end, but if you aren’t going to use the power, there is no reason to buy the Redeye.

Of course, if you are simply one of those buyers who wants to have the hot new car, even though you don’t race or drive them hard, the Redeye is an awesome driver. It handles the turns well, it stops on a dime and it is surprisingly smooth on rough, public roads, but when you hammer down on a straightaway, the Redeye pulls harder than any stock car I’ve driven on public roads with the exception of the Demon running on race fuel.
While I drive my Hellcat hard, spending lots of time in the peak powerband and loving every second of it, I don’t race enough to “need” the extra power or the track-friendly gadgets. It would be nice to have an extra 90 horsepower, but for $11,000, I will happily keep and continue loving my 2017 Hellcat with “only” 707 horsepower.

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