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Which Blown Challenger for You: Hellcat or Redeye?

Sep 12, 2018 - 12:19 PM - by MagnumClub
Which Blown Challenger for You: Hellcat or Redeye?

By Patrick Rall, LXForums Editorial Staff


The 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye comes with a 797-horsepower version of the supercharged Hemi in the 2018 Demon and recently, I had a chance to drive the Redeye for a few hours on the open road and on the hilly, curvy road course of Club Motorsports and Tamworth, New Hampshire.
Frankly, the Redeye is nothing short of remarkable, combining with power of the Demon with the road-handling prowess of the Hellcat. The Redeye comes with Torque Reserve, the intercooler chiller, line lock, high-stall torque convertor and the high-strength driveline bits from the Demon, but it maintains the suspension, brakes, wheels, tires and interior of the Hellcat. Basically, the Redeye is a Hellcat with the majority of the drivetrain components and features of the Demon – sans the TransBrake.


After spending the day piloting the Redeye, many people ask me the same general question. They either ask if I’m sorry that I didn’t wait for the Redeye or if I plan to trade my Hellcat on the Redeye.


To answer those questions frankly, no, I am not sorry that I didn’t wait for the Redeye and no, I do not plan to trade in my Hellcat on the stronger Redeye.

The next most common question comes from Hellcat owners who wanted to know if they should trade their current car on a Redeye. While that decision needs to be made by the owner, here is some insight for those folks considering trading their 2015-2018 Hellcat on a Redeye – or those shoppers who are considering the 797hp Redeye against the 717hp Hellcat for 2019.

The Redeye Differences
When you compare the 2019 Hellcat to the Redeye, there are two key differences – the drivetrain and the price. As mentioned above, the Redeye has the Demon drivetrain with 797 horsepower, a stronger transmission and a stronger drive line assembly, but it costs $11,000 more than the 2019 Hellcat. More importantly, with an MSRP starting right around $70,000, the Redeye is roughly $25,000 more than most Hellcat owners can expect to get on trade.


With this in mind, the decision on which to buy – or whether to trade a 15-18 Hellcat on a Redeye – comes down to how much that extra power is worth to you. In terms of normal driving, the Hellcat and Redeye perform identically and while the Redeye does accelerate harder at every point in the powerband, you have to really be hard into the throttle to get the most out of the added power of the Redeye.

If you don’t regularly use the top end of the powerband in your current Hellcat or other Mopar muscle car, the odds are good that you aren’t going to use the top end power in the Redeye. If you aren’t using the big power and you aren’t racing – thus you aren’t using the advantages that come with the Redeye – you are better off saving that $11,000 and buying a Hellcat or simply sticking with the car that you already have.

On the other hand, if you race a great deal or you find that your Hellcat just doesn’t pull hard enough for you anymore, the Redeye is a pretty impressive offering. It truly offers the same handling, ride quality and braking feel as the Hellcat, except it packs nearly 800 horsepower. That added power makes the Redeye noticeably quicker than the Hellcat from a stop, through the mid-range and on the top end, but if you aren’t going to use the power, there is no reason to buy the Redeye.

Of course, if you are simply one of those buyers who wants to have the hot new car, even though you don’t race or drive them hard, the Redeye is an awesome driver. It handles the turns well, it stops on a dime and it is surprisingly smooth on rough, public roads, but when you hammer down on a straightaway, the Redeye pulls harder than any stock car I’ve driven on public roads with the exception of the Demon running on race fuel.
While I drive my Hellcat hard, spending lots of time in the peak powerband and loving every second of it, I don’t race enough to “need” the extra power or the track-friendly gadgets. It would be nice to have an extra 90 horsepower, but for $11,000, I will happily keep and continue loving my 2017 Hellcat with “only” 707 horsepower.

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Meet the 2019 Dodge Charger Hellcat Funny Car

Jul 19, 2018 - 2:23 PM - by armtorque

Mopar introduced their new funny car body for the 2019 model year, which takes on the appearance of the 2019 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – effectively replacing the Charger R/T funny car that has dominated the class since hitting the track back in 2015, reports Torque News.

Over the past three NHRA seasons leading up to 2018, Don Schumacher Racing has dominated the funny car class with the Dodge Charger R/T race car, but this season hasn’t gone quite as well as the past three. Perhaps with that in mind, Mopar and Don Schumacher Racing have teamed up to design the 2019 Dodge Charger Hellcat funny car body, with DSR driver Matt Hagan being the first to run this new body when the cars hit the track this weekend at the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar.

“The Dodge//SRT brand is all about performance, and the introduction of the Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat NHRA Funny Car body showcases our commitment to performance and excellence at the dragstrip,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “We are looking forward to celebrating our brand’s first year as title sponsor of the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar by treating fans to the competition debut of the new Charger SRT Hellcat NHRA Funny Car.”

Dodge Charger Hellcat Funny Car
Some people will be quick to point out that the 2019 Dodge Charger Hellcat funny car really has little connection to the 2019 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat street car, but the look of the 707-horsepower sedan is featured across the face of this new race car. Whereas the previous Charger R/T body had the front window dressing to provide the look of the 2015 R/T front end, this new car has the Hellcat-style front end stamped across the nose of the race car. This includes the new grille design with enlarged outlets on both sides – although the grille on the funny car doesn’t actually do anything – other than look cool.

While the aesthetic design of the 2019 Dodge Charger Hellcat funny car is the easiest change to see in pictures, this new race car isn’t just a new paint job. DSR and Mopar worked together to improve the carbon fiber and Kevlar body, making changes to the lower portion of the nose, tweaking the sculpting along the sides and changing the “burst panel” above the engine to more adequately relieve pressure under the body in the event of an engine failure.
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Dodge Charger Most Commonly-Searched Classic Car

Jul 16, 2018 - 6:05 PM - by armtorque
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ClassicCars.com is one of the internet’s leading outlets for finding classic vehicles of all sorts for sale and each year, the website tracks the most-searched vehicles from June of one year to June of the following year. For the period that ran from June 2017 to June 2018, the 1969 Dodge Charger was the most commonly-searched vehicle on the website. Here is the full list of most commonly searched classic cars from Torque News.

ClassicCars.com Study
The way that this study works, is by the ClassicCars.com team looking at the most commonly searched vehicles in that one-year June-to-June period within each state. Once they have established the most commonly searched car in each state, they add up how many states each car won and the car with the most states wins.

For the period of June 2017 to June 2018, the 1969 Dodge Charger was the most commonly searched car in the United States, leading 13 of the 50 states.

“When we conducted this study last year, we were surprised by the diversity of the searches state-by-state; this year we were surprised by the amount of change in just one year,” said Roger Falcione, president and CEO of ClassicCars.com. “Tastes evolve regionally, but the staples of the performance car market have remained constant, and that is why we believe values continue to be so strong for cars like the Charger and Mustang.”
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