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Who Should Buy the 2019 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack Widebody

Nov 09, 2018 - 9:07 AM - by MagnumClub
By Patrick Rall, LXForums Editor

Who Should Buy the 2019 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack Widebody

Over the past few months, Ive had several chances to spend time behind the wheel of a 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody. My first experience with the 485-horsepower Widebody car came on the road course of Club Motorsports in Vermont, followed by some road driving in rural Vermont and Maine. More recently, I had a Destroyer Grey Scat Pack Widebody for the Woodward Dream Cruise, allowing me to test the car on my local roads.

Driving the Widebody Scat Pack on the race track and on roads in two different areas gave me a great feel for the car. Giving me an even better feel for the newest widebody offering was the fact that when driving it, I also spent time driving it back-to-back with a new Redeye in Maine and my own Hellcat Challenger when I had the car at home. While comparing the 707-horsepower Hellcat or the 797-horsepower Redeye to the 485-horsepower Scat Pack might seem ridiculous, being able to compare these cars head-to-head allowed me to see how well the Scat Pack does so many things.

So, who should buy the Challenger Scat Pack Widebody? Anyone who wants a 485-horsepower Mopar muscle car with the best possible handling or the best possible launch grip or anyone who wants a car that will stand out in just about any automotive crowd.

Widebody Performance Advantages
The widebody package offers the same advantages in the R/T Scat Pack as it does in the Demon, Hellcat and Redeye. The wider wheels and 305-millimeter wide Pirelli P Zero tires afford the Scat Pack significantly more grip on launch and when you add in the specially-tuned electronic power assisted steering system, the Widebody Scat Pack handles considerably better than the standard body with the narrower wheels and tires. Also, the massive Brembo brakes that come with the Widebody package offer world class stopping power.

I didn’t get to test the Widebody Scat Pack on the track or on the street directly next to the standard body car, but I spent lots of time cruising in the Scat Pack with my wife driving our Hellcat Challenger.

Hard Digs
My Hellcat has the stock Pirelli 275 P Zeros with the 8-speed automatic while the Scat Pack had the 6-speed manual and the stock 305 Pirelli P Zeros, but even with the difference of over 200 horsepower, the Widebody Scat Pack would hop out on the Hellcat on a good launch. Mind you, the Hellcat would drive around it as soon as the tires gripped, but the bottom line here is that the 305 Pirelli tires allowed me to launch the Widebody Scat Pack very hard while still getting good traction. Also, when banging through gears, the 485-horsepower Hemi isn’t as quick to break the 305s loose like it does with the 245 or 275 tires that come on the standard body Scat Pack Challenger.

In other words, the Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody has a distinct in launching ability over the standard body car with the same engine, so if you are into drag racing, this new package will improve the low-end acceleration. In addition to the stock widebody tires gripping better than the stock tires on the narrow body cars, the widebody package also allows you to run a wider drag radial tire at the track without kicking up all sorts of rocks into the rear quarter panels. That being said, drag racers should opt for the automatic transmission over the manual for the best-possible quarter mile times.

Better Cornering
While the improved grip on a hard launch will likely appeal to more potential Challenger drivers, the Scat Pack Widebody wheel and tire package works with the performance-tuned electronic assisted steering system to offer better cornering grip as well. On the road course in Vermont, I was able to push the car through corners just as hard as I was the Redeye, with the big front tires allowing me to point the car where I wanted it to go in the turn – and that was where it went.

In terms of real world driving, I found that in the harshest turning situations –... [Read More]
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Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Production Officially Began Today

Oct 02, 2018 - 9:47 PM - by armtorque
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FCA announced this afternoon that production of the 797-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Redeye began today in Brampton and while we don’t know for sure when the first units will reach dealers – we do know for sure that the newest Mopar muscle car is about to hit the streets.

We had originally been told that production of the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat would begin in late September. FCA announced that production of the 797-horsepower muscle car actually began today, so it started about a week later than we expected, but the bottom line here is that production is underway.

According to FCA, 2019 Dodge Challengers with the Hellcat Redeye package began rolling off of the assembly line in Brampton, Ontario, Canada earlier this afternoon. This means that if you were one of the first people to order the new Redeye package, your car may have been built today. More importantly, with cars rolling off of the line, the arrival of these supercharged muscle cars to dealers and owners around the country draws closer.
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Build Your 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Online Now

Oct 02, 2018 - 9:34 AM - by armtorque
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Just a day after I published my full drive review of the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye, the Build & Price feature for the 797-horsepower Mopar muscle car has gone live on Dodge.com – allowing everyone to find out how much they need to save to bring one home.

Yesterday, I brought you my full review of the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye, one of the first of its kind to be published. It has proven to be very popular, leading some people to look into buying one, but they quickly found that as of yesterday, the 2019 Challenger wasn’t available on Dodge.com. As an interesting coincidence, that changed today, with the Redeye finally appearing on the company’s website, complete with the Build & Price feature. At Torque News I have a the full information on how to build the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT hellcat Redeye online.

This allows everyone to price out their dream Challenger Redeye and today, we bring you a closer look at the numbers for the 797-horsepower Dodge coupe.

Update: We have learned that the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye information is not complete and in some cases, it may not be accurate. The 2019 Challenger figures were purely preliminary info that was serving as a placeholder as the brand prepares to add that model to their website. This is why there weren’t pictures and why some of the options that we know will be offered were not listed. The link where we got this information has since been removed from Dodge.com, so we have removed the link that we included below.

In other words, the numbers discussed below, the numbers on the page on Dodge.com that we linked at the end of the article and that are being discussed all over social media are likely to change when the 2019 Challenger Build & Price page fully goes live on the brand’s website. In speaking with our dealership connections, we have already found some discrepancies in the dealer order guide numbers compared to the preliminary information on Dodge.com (that is now gone).

With this in mind, don’t go into your local dealership expecting to pay these figures, as they are not official and the proper figures may vary.
Full Redeye Pricing Information

The 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye has a base price of $72,745, including the $1,700 Gas Guzzler Tax and the $1,395 Destination Fee. This pricing includes the standard-width body, the 797-horsepower supercharged engine and the uniquely-tuned 8-speed automatic transmission with the torque convertor from the 840-horsepower Demon.

Written by Torque News reporter Patrick Rall.
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