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Dodge updates its 2019 line up with the Challenger Hellcat Redeye

Tuhin Guha  | Updated: July 03, 2018, 10:28 AM IST

FCA's America-focused Dodge brand has updated its 2019 line-up with new versions of the Dodge Challenger. With the previous flagship Dodge Challenger Demon now out of production, the company has unveiled a new flagship, the Challenger Hellcat Redeye.

The Redeye gets a number of the Demon's engine improvements to now make 808PS and an almost unbelievable 958Nm from the 6.2-litre supercharged Hemi V8. This 91PS improvement over the standard Hellcat from last year comes by way of the Demon's the 2.7-litre belt-driven supercharger (the largest fitted to any production car), twin dual-stage fuel pumps, strengthened pistons and connecting rods among other things. An 8-speed automatic gearbox is the only option.

Two body styles are available: standard and widebody. The Redeye gets from 0 to 96 kmph in 3.4. Top speed is a supercar beating 327 kmph. The Redeye also trims 1/10th of a second of the quarter-mile time from the standard Hellcat to 11.1s. The Widebody with its flared arches and wider tyres is slightly slower.
The standard Hellcat also gets a 10PS power bump to now make 720PS and the option of a manual gearbox.

But these aren't even the headline numbers, most impressive is that the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye is priced at US$ 69,650 (Rs 48.01 lakh) or about as much as a run-of-the-mill C-Class.
The Hellcat Redeye is about as American as a car can get. While there are compromises you make given the bargain price, these cars are in no way inferior to any supercar from Europe. Cars have always been a consumerist purchase in the US, muscle cars like the Redeye reiterate that and are considered 'blue-collar' heroes.


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