Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye priced at $72,995

The Dodge Challenger is a very efficient way to spend money and receive horsepower in return, and it appears that story will continue on with the automaker's 2019 lineup. It uses the standard Hellcat as a base, before bolting on a long list of Demon parts including its 2.7-litre supercharger (over the standard 2.4-litre unit), twin dual-stage fuel pumps, and strengthened pistons, connecting rods and prop shafts.

The Hellcat Redeye is offered exclusively with an eight-speed automatic transmission and it enables the coupe to accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour (0-96 km/h) in 3.4 seconds before hitting a top speed of 203 miles per hour (326 km/h). Inspired by the radical Challenger Demon, the Redeye takes much of what makes that auto special and puts it into a more accessible package. Dodge has now offered base pricing on the entire 2019 Challenger line. A 797hp supercharged Hemi good for 10.8 seconds in the quarter mile.

An SXT RWD will start at $27,295 with SXT AWD starting at $30,295. Want to move up to all-wheel drive? Moving one rung up the ladder is the new Challenger GT RWD, which adds a hood scoop, splitter, suspension upgrades, paddle shifters, and houndstooth seats for $29,995. Both the Scat Pack and Hellcat are available with a widebody kit that borrows some of its aesthetics from the now-discontinued SRT Demon.

The Challenger R/T will start at $34,100 for 2019. It has a 5.7-liter HEMI producing up to 375 hp (280 kW / 380 PS) and 410 lb-ft (555 Nm) of torque. The asterisk: the Redeye needs the same $1,345 destination charge and $1,700 gas guzzler tax as the 2018 Demon, so the difference still holds once you get the Redeye off the dealer lot. That's unfortunate, but the model has a 6.4-liter V8 pumping out 485 hp (361 kW / 491 PS) and 475 lb-ft (643 Nm) of torque.

Vanessa Coleman

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