Things to Know About the 2019 Dodge Challenger
The Challenger first showed up on the roads in 1959 as the Dodge Coronet Silver Challenger. It returned in 1970 as Challenger coupe pony car. A less exciting Mitsubishi-built Challenger stayed on the streets from the year 1978 to 1983.
The Dodge Challenger came back again in 2008 in response to the Mustang. The Chevrolet Camaro later arrived to rival the Challenger and the war of muscle cars was on. Dodge has taken the competition seriously, ramping up capabilities and power each year. The limited 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is a testament to that as it packs an impressive 840 hp. Where is the Challenger going next? Here are a few things you need to know about the latest 2019 Dodge Challenger.
1. Eight Models of Challenger are Available for 2019
The base Dodge Challenger SXT RWD and SXT AWD, as well as the GT RWD and GT AWD, feature a 305 horsepower Pentastar V6 engine all with an 8-speed automatic transmission. A 5-liter Hemi V8 engine capable of pushing out 375 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque is available in the Challenger R/T. On the other hand, the Challenger R/T Scat Pack boasts a 6.4-liter 392 Hemi V8 engine which will give you 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque. The Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack and R/T are available with either a 6-speed manual transmission or an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The SRT Hellcat features a powerful supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8 engine that can produce 717 horsepower and 656 lb-ft of torque. The SRT Hellcat Redeye boosts the same engine to 797 horsepower and 707 lb-ft of torque.
2. R/T Scat Pack Gets Widebody Package
A Widebody Package can now be ordered for Dodge Challenger R/TS Scat Pack. The fender flares increase the width of the vehicle by 3.5 inches while Pirelli 305/35ZR20 tires on the model are fit to 20 by 11-inch aluminum wheels. The Widebody Package also adds retuned shock absorbers, stiffer front springs, adaptive damping suspension, Hellcat rear spoiler, an integrated splitter, and larger rear and front sway bars.
3. Five Interior Color and 14 Exterior Color Options
A wide variety of interior and exterior color options are available for the 2019 Dodge Challenger. Interior colors include Sepia, Demonic Red, Black/Ruby Red, Black/Caramel, and Black. The 14 exterior colors that are available for the 2019 model include B5 Blue, Yellow Jacket, White Knuckle, Triple Nickel, TorRed, Plum Crazy, Pitch Black, Octane Red, Maximum Steel, Indigo Blue, Granite Crystal, Go Mango, Destroyer Grey, and F8 Green. Bold buyers who opt for bright colors should expect extra attention when they take their Challenger on the road.
4. Hellcat Redeye Brings Impressive Performance with No Limit on the Production Numbers
2018 Challenger SRT Demon was beastly in performance but it had one flaw – the production was limited. This made it a collector’s item that only the wealthy could afford. There are no such limitations on the 2019 Hellcat Redeye. We see the same engine in Hellcat Redeye as the Demon, but it has been tuned to push out 797 horsepower and make 707 lb-ft of torque. The new 2019 Hellcat Redeye can thus deliver 0 to 60 mph acceleration in just 3.4 seconds. The new model also gets the SRT Power Chiller and After-Run Chiller. Intake air is cooled by the SRT Power Chiller before it enters the supercharger while the After-Run Chiller keeps the coolant pump and cooling fan running after the engine shuts down to lower the supercharger’s temperature after a ride.
5. Distinctive Exterior and Interior Features of the Hellcat Redeye Set It Apart from the Challenger Hellcat
The Hellcat Redeye doesn’t just get performance enhancements but it also has some distinctive features that set it apart from other Challenger models. The design of the black outline badge on the vehicle’s front fenders has been enhanced to give a red jewel-like an eye-shape appearance. Inside, there is a 220 mph red speedometer, a Hellcat Redeye logo splash-screen on the display at startup, and a light black chrome instrument panel badge featuring a Hellcat Redeye logo.
6. Both Hellcat and Hellcat Redeye Get a Dual-Snorkel Hood
A powerful engine needs to intake a substantial quantity of air to generate the desired horsepower. In order to increase airflow, the hood of Hellcat Redeye and Hellcat has been redesigned for 2019. The single air intake has been upgraded to dual-functional snorkels. The new hood is similar to what has been previously seen in the classic Dodge muscle cars like the 1970 Dart Swinger. In addition to dual intakes, both Hellcat Redeye and Hellcat have a unique headlight air intake.
7. Only GT AWD and SXT Are All-Wheel Drive
The Hellcat and other Challenger variants are great drag cars. But, they aren’t ideal for those who want the style of a Challenger for their year-round, daily driver. Fortunately, Dodge has got them covered with the GT AWD and SXT AWD models.
The competing Camano and Mustang only have a rear-wheel/front-engine drive layout which makes them a weaker choice for winter conditions. With a 305 horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that makes 268 lb-ft of torque, the GT AWD and SXT AWD Dodge Challengers are ideal for all conditions. Moreover, they are rated at 27 mpg highway, 18 mpg city, and 21 mpg combined which means that they are fuel efficient.
The 2019 Dodge Challenger lineup has really impressed us and it offers a variety of models for buyers to choose from. If you have liked Challenger vehicles of the past, you will absolutely love the 2019 Challenger lineup.
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