More power for Hellcat and new Hellcat Redeye models
The Dodge Challenger has been updated for its 11th model year, with a new Hellcat Redeye taking parts and lessons from the limited edition Demon, and upgrades throughout the rest of the range.
The new Redeye variant has a more powerful version of the 6.2-litre supercharged V8 doing service in other Hellcat models. Thanks to its larger supercharger, strengthened rods and pistons, and upgraded fuel injection and lubrication systems, the Redeye boasts a total of 594kW and 959Nm to its name.
Buyers can opt between the standard 2.62:1 final drive ratio, or a 3.09:1 setup for "enhanced launch capability". An eight-speed automatic is fitted as standard to the Redeye.
When equipped with the wide body package, which bumps up the car's overall width by 8.9 centimetres, the Redeye is capable of going from 0-60mph (0-97km/h) in 3.4 seconds, hitting a top speed of 327km/h, and dispatching the quarter mile (400m) in 10.8 seconds at a speed of 211km/h.
The run-of-the-mill Challenger Hellcat has also been updated, with power bumped up from 527kW to 535kW, while torque is increased from 881Nm to 889Nm. A six-speed manual is standard, and the eight-speed automatic is optional.
All Challenger Hellcat models feature a new double snorkel bonnet, adaptive Bilstein suspension, Brembo brakes, electric power steering, line lock for controlled burnouts, launch control with an increased 10 second hold time, and a launch assistance system that minimises wheel hop.
Further down the Challenger range, the R/T Scat Pack variant is now fitted with new tyres and wheels, and the outgoing Hellcat's bonnet. It can also be specified with the wide body option, which was previously limited to Hellcat models.