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Dodge Challenger Sales Continue to Grow as the Segment Declines

Jul 06, 2018 - 5:07 PM - by armtorque
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Although the muscle car segment is amidst a steady decline, the Dodge Challenger is the only vehicle in the trio to continue to post year-over-year sales growth – and we can expect this trend to continue through the rest of 2018 and into 2019. Reports Torque News.

While some people will argue that the modern muscle cars should be called something different, the most popular segment of performance-minded cars in the United States is comprised of the Ford Mustang, the Dodge Challenger and the Chevrolet Camaro. Some people call them muscle cars, some people call them pony cars, some people call them sports cars and some people call them all different things. But semantics aside, these three cars have been duking it out for the title of America’s most popular performance car since the Camaro returned to the Chevy lineup back in 2009.


Muscle Car Sales Segment Slide

Over the past few years, the muscle car segment has seen a steady decline in overall sales volume. For example, first quarter sales in 2016 of 64,756 dropped to 53,487 in 2017 and in the first three months of 2018, only 48,064 examples of these cars were sold in the US. The second quarter of the past three years follows a similar pattern, going from 69,650 in 2016 to 63,598 in 2017 to 56,571 in 2018.
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2019 Dodge Charger Changes Detailed

Jul 04, 2018 - 11:22 AM - by armtorque
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Over the course of the past week, the 2019 Dodge Challenger has been the hottest ticket in the automotive industry thanks in part of the introduction of the 797-horsepower Hellcat Redeye package. Reference: 2019 Dodge Charger Changes Detailed.

The Challenger also gets a new widebody variant of the R/T Scat Pack along with a little more power from the non-Redeye Hellcat, but literally none of those new model year changes from the coupe are included in the sedan lineup for the 2019 model year – but Dodge has made some small steps to attract more buyers to the world’s fastest four-door.

Lineup Changes
First up, the trim level lineup for the Dodge Charger has changed significantly for 2019. In the 2018 model year, you could order the GT package with standard all-wheel-drive or you could get the SXT, R/T, Daytona, Scat Pack, Daytona 392, SRT 392 or SRT Hellcat with rear-drive. For 2019, the GT is now a rear-wheel-drive package only, and there is now an SXT all-wheel-drive package. The Daytona trim level is now a package for the R/T or the Scat Pack (although it appears as though the content is the same) and the SRT 392 is gone altogether.

It seems that all models will be offered in the following colors: B5 Blue, Destroyer Grey, F8 Green, Go Mango, Granite Crystal, IndiGo Blue, Maximum Steel, Octane Red, Pitch Black, Plum Crazy, TorRed, Triple Nickel and White Knuckle.
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2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Packs 797 Horsepower

Jun 28, 2018 - 11:38 AM - by MagnumClub
By Patrick Rall, LXFORUMS Editorial Staff

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Packs 797 Horsepower

11:30am EST Embargo Time – 6/28/18

The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye becomes the most powerful American road car for 2019.


Dodge has once again raised the bar in the muscle car segment, introducing the 2019 Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye with 797 horsepower and 707 lb-ft of torque. That output makes the Redeye Challenger the most powerful production street car from an American automaker for 2019 while also being the second-most powerful production street car ever from an American brand – trailing only the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.


“With 840 horsepower, a 9.65 quarter-mile time and Guinness World Record certification that it’s the first production car to lift the wheels at launch, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon earned its place in the record books,” said Steve Beahm – Head of Passenger Cars, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA North America. “The Dodge Brothers would be proud that we’re leveraging the power and performance of this proven engine to bring a Demon-possessed Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye to an even wider high-performance enthusiast audience.”


Demon-Like Power
We have known for some time now that the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat would get a new hood, but as we suspected, this hood is more than just an aesthetic upgrade. This dual-snorkel hood is one of the three entry points for engine intake air in the 2019 Hellcat, working with the driver’s side headlight and an inlet in the wheel well to draw cold air into the newest supercharged Hemi.

Under the new hood of the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is a similar 6.2-liter Hemi to the one in the 2018 Demon. The Redeye has the 2.7-liter supercharger, the stronger rotating assembly, the stronger valve train, the oiling system and the fuel system of the Demon, but at 14.5 pounds of boost, the Redeye “only” makes 797 horsepower and 707 lb-ft of torque compared to the Demon’s pump gas numbers of 808 horsepower and 717 lb-ft of torque.


All of that power is sent through a standard 8-speed automatic transmission, the strengthened driveshaft and the 41-spline axles from the Demon. A 2.62 gear is standard, but Redeye buyers can opt up to a 3.09 ratio, just like the Demon.

In addition to the hard parts from the Demon, the 2019 Challenger Hellcat Redeye features the SRT Power Chiller, the After-Run Chiller, Line Lock and Launch Control with Torque Reserve. For those unfamiliar with these systems, the SRT Power Chiller uses the air conditioning system to cool the intercooler, the After-Run Chiller reduces engine temperatures when the car is not running, Line Lock assists with burnouts by locking the front wheels and the Launch Control system with Torque Reserve allows the car to launch with 3.9 pounds of boost pressure – leading to a 55% increase in launch torque.


Finally, the Redeye is available in standard-width or widebody form, but it does not come with the drag radials from the Demon. Instead, the 797-horsepower Challenger Redeye comes with the standard 275-millimeter Pirelli PZero tires with the narrow body or 305-millimeter PZeros with the widebody package.

Quarter Mile Times
As a result of the added power and gadgetry, the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is able to cover the quarter mile in just 10.8 seconds while hitting a speed of 131 miles per hour in widebody form, while the standard-width Redeye package runs an 11.1 at the same speed.


Some of you might be wondering how the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye isn’t quicker than that, as the 2018 Hellcat Widebody runs 10.8s and the original Hellcat Challenger runs 11.2, so how does 90 horsepower not improve track times by a greater margin?

That comes down to the tires. The standard Hellcat with 707 horsepower has traction issues, so the same tires on a car with 90 more horsepower isn’t going to get off of the line any quicker, but it will pull harder... [Read More]
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