2019 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Gets a Facelift
Attention Dodge Charger fans! Dodge has got great things headed your way and you won’t be disappointed. For the 2019 model year, the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is getting several new enhancements, especially under the hood. Let’s take a look.
At first glance, the exterior transformation seems miniscule. However, consumers will notice a new grille plus two new air scoops used to assist in funneling cool air to the powerful 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine – did we mention it produces 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque? Along with performance enhancements, an optional satin black hood, and all-new “Brass Monkey” 20-inch forged wheels are included to give the new Charger SRT Hellcat just a little more style. Lastly, an Alcantara interior package will also be an available option. The Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack will also receive some improvements. The same grille design and dual air inlets applied to the Hellcat will also be available on the 2019 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack.
Now for the good part – performance features. The 2019 Dodge Charger Hellcat will receive quite a few new performance upgrades, some of which can be credited to its devilish cousin, the Challenger SRT Demon. One of the most important performance features that was also seen on the Demon is the After-Run Chiller. Once the engine is shut off, the After-Run Chiller is initiated, and continues to cool the supercharger and charge air cooler as the engine cools down.
Another important performance feature is the Torque Reserve – used mostly for drag racing, the torque reserve works with the launch control and pre-loads the supercharger for quicker acceleration off the line. The Torque Reserve not only manages fuel flow, but it balances the engine rpm and torque. According to Dodge, the Torque Reserve “generates a reserve of torque that is delivered upon acceleration from a standing stop.”
“Despite a shift toward utility vehicles in the United States over the past decade, the Dodge Charger and Challenger continue to buck the trend. Charger and Challenger retail sales have increased 70 percent since 2008, and since the launch of Scat Pack in August 2014, high-performance model sales increased from four percent to more than 25 percent. Charger is on track to lead the large car segment in the United States for the fifth straight year in 2018, and we intend to keep that string alive by updating the product to deliver the performance and capability that our customers demand”, says Steve Beahm, FCA Representative, in a press release by Dodge.
Additional enhanced performance features also include Electronic Line Lock and Launch Assist. Both are best used when drag racing – the Electronic Line Lock is used for easy burnouts while taking off from the line and Launch Assist is a traction control system that aims to prevent axle hop during the cars launch by proactively adjusting engine output. Furthermore, the 2019 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack will also come standard with both of these features. The remaining 2019 Dodge Charger lineup will come with minor trim and hardware changes. One more interesting fact is that the Charger SXT will now be offered with all-wheel-drive.
Consumers can expect to see the all-new 2019 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat hit showrooms in the third quarter of this year and order books are now available as well.