September 04, 2019 By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by Isabel N. Delos Reyes

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye

The Atomic Musclecar

I love the modern musclecar. I will always appreciate the classics naturally but I honestly do not have the patience anymore to handle all the quirkiness and compromises, please forgive me. Having said all that, I remain a huge supporter of the current Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, the late Chevrolet SS, the Chevrolet Corvette (yes even if it is a supercar slayer and it is more of a sports car than a musclecar technically, not to mention that it is now mid-engined without rear leaf-spring suspension), and the conjoined Chrysler/Dodge 300C, Charger and Challenger. It is the last entry though that I admittedly celebrate the most especially as an owner.

The last Dodge Hellcat model that I tested was the 707 bhp 4-door Charger sedan over three years ago. At the time it completely decimated its direct competition and I coveted one. I loved literally how much metal and power you got for reasonable money. This time around I got the opportunity to review the even more demonized version of the standard Hellcat two-door coupé, the Challenger Redeye with a monumental 90-more horsepower and 57 lb-ft more torque! I didn’t think the chassis could handle so much more power!

I never got a chance to try the limited edition 808 bhp (840 bhp on racing fuel) SRT Demon. The standard Challenger Hellcat models now gained an additional 10 bhp so it produces 717 bhp. Our awesome blistered widebody test unit came in the appropriately named Destroyer Grey exterior color with contrasting black/Demonic red Nappa leather interior! The Redeye looks and sounds ferocious!

The flares had to be widened to also accommodate the new forged 20-inch x 11-inch wide alloys wrapped with enormous 305/35R20 107Y Pirelli P Zero PZ4 summer tires that are wider than the units employed in the heavier AWD Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, and boy do you need every millimeter. The hood has deep twin-snorkel cold-air intakes while the inner dual headlights use Illuminated Air-Catcher® extra breathing tubes to help manage heat in the engine bay.

Other notable equipment includes adaptive three-mode Bilstein competition suspension, SRT drive modes, line-lock to completely obliterate the rear tires, a 18-speaker 900-watts Harman Kardon® audio system, SRT performance pages, an active exhaust that unfortunately has no considerate quiet mode like the system found in the Ford Mustang GT, and appropriately large Brembo® brakes, 15.4-inch vented and slotted two-piece front discs with 6-piston calipers and 13.8-inch vented and slotted rear discs with 4-pot calipers.

I really have only two complaints, I don’t own one, and the Hellcat Redeye can easily be too obnoxiously loud which attracts way too much unwanted attention. If you reduce the power through the SRT performance pages or simply use the simple black key instead of the fiery red unit that automatically gives you full power, the Redeye will still generate 500 bhp so you still have an incredible amount of power at your disposal while you are able to stretch the fuel range.

Despite having so much power, the Redeye is an easy car to drive, you just have to be cautious with the throttle. Sure, if you don’t have the driving experience you could get overwhelmed in seconds but since the coupé has so much standard active and passive safety equipment you truly would have to deliberately go out of your way to hurt yourself.

Specifications

Engine

Engine V8, 6166 cc, ohv 16V, HEMI Intercooled Supercharger, 8-speed AT
Max Power (bhp @ rpm) 797 bhp @ 6300 rpm
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm) 707 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm

Performance

Top Speed 326 km/h (204 mph)
0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph 3.6 sec.

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Fuel Milage (km/l) 13 mpg City / 22 mpg Highway

Ratings

Price as Tested (PHP) US$ 90,040.00
What's Great The greatest and most purposeful musclecar ever, blistered fenders, colossal power!
What's Not So Way too loud and I don’t own one.
C! Editors Rating 10/10
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