2019 Dodge Challenger, Charger revealed: more muscle, hotter Hellcats

June 28, 2018

The 2019 Dodge Challenger and 2019 Dodge Charger made their debuts Thursday, shredding tires and shooting bottle rockets along as America's favorite two- and four-door accessories to sleeveless T-shirts.

The four-door madman sedan Charger now offers a rear-drive only GT version and a hotter Hellcat that pumps more air into the supercharged V-8. 

The 2019 Charger will be available in SXT, GT, R/T, R/T Scat Pack, and Hellcat trim levels that ascend in silliness and price. The SXT is the base versions are powered by a 292 horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 teamed to an 8-speed automatic. All-wheel-drive versions of the SXT are available and add a mild power bump (300 hp) but keep the same 8-speed. Base versions are still equipped with keyless ignition, 17-inch wheels (19-inchers on AWD versions), cloth upholstery, power adjustable front seats, a 7.0-inch touchscreen (8.4-inch touchscreen on AWD versions), Bluetooth connectivity, and parking sensors. A cold weather package likely will be a popular package for AWD shoppers that adds heated seats and mirrors, and a heated steering wheel.

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The rear-wheel drive GT offers the same 3.6-liter V-6 as the SXT AWD, but adds performance suspension upgrades, unique hood and bumpers, 20-inch wheels, paddle shifters, Houndstooth cloth, and an 8.4-inch touchscreen.

Side by side, a GT and R/T probably don't look much different—they have virtually the same features—but the biggest difference will be found under the sheet metal. The R/T swaps in a 5.7-liter V-8 that makes 370 hp mated to the same 8-speed automatic but a taller rear axle ratio.

The R/T Scat Pack boasts 485 hp from the 5.7-liter V-8 and offers launch control and line lock drag racing assists, and a performance grille for better cooling.

For those unconvinced about the Charger's power so far, the 2019 Charger SRT Hellcat returns this year with a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 that makes 707 hp and 650 pound-feet of torque mated to an 8-speed automatic. The 'Cat now boasts an After-Run Chiller that helps to cool the engine and supercharger after the engine is shut off—"fire-breathing V-8," don't you know—and a Torque Reserve system that closes a bypass valve to keep air in the supercharger and keep the Hellcat ready to pounce off the line.

MUST READ: See our 2018 Dodge Challenger full review

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody

The Challenger SRT Hellcat goes further. A lot further.

The 2019 Challenger SRT Hellcat gets a mild power bump to 717 hp this year and still offers a 6-speed manual as standard, or an optional 8-speed automatic. In addition to the After-Run Chiller and Torque Reserve goodies on the Charger SRT Hellcat, the Challenger SRT Hellcat offers a widebody kit for a more menacing look.

Scary looks combine with scary speed in the new SRT Hellcat Redeye that boosts the supercharged V-8 up to 797 hp with more boost, a bigger supercharger, higher revs, and a dual-stage fuel pump. According to Dodge, the Hellcat Redeye will run up to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, all the way to a top speed of 203 mph.

The Hellcat Redeye gets more cooling—even diverting some A/C from the passenger cabin, if you don't mind—a dual-snorkel hood, and bits borrowed from the drag-champion Demon such as a steel prop shaft and beefier half-shafts.

If your budget, or driver's license, is too taxed by the Challenger SRT twins, the 2019 Challenger will be available in SXT, GT, R/T, and R/T Scat Pack trim levels that largely follow the Charger offerings with the same name. The Challenger SXT and GT are available with all-wheel drive and ride atop standard 18-inch wheels, or larger.

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