Picking the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat that is Right for You

March 18th, 2019 by

For 2019 the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat now offers 717 horsepower thanks in part to the increased airflow of the new hood design while the Redeye offers 797 horsepower thanks to its upgrades. That is the most significant difference as it’s a larger supercharger. However, there is a surprising amount of confusion around the 2019 Hellcat Challenger lineup.     

The 717-horsepower Hellcat comes with the standard body design, but the widebody option is still available. Along the same lines, some people might think that the Redeye comes only in widebody form, or vice-versa but that is also not the case. The Redeye comes in standard form with the width of the other non-widebody models, but many people are opting for the 797-horsepower package also going with the broader body to allow more room for wider tires.  

As for pricing between the Hellcats? They vary. The Hellcat, the Hellcat Widebody, the Redeye, and the Redeye Widebody, have starting prices ranging from $62,190 (plus destination fee) to $79,190 (plus destination fee).

SHOULD YOU GO MANUAL or AUTOMATIC?

The base price mentioned above for the 2019 Hellcat Challenger applies to a car with the 6-speed manual transmission. The manual gearbox is not available with the Redeye, so if you are persistent on rowing your gears, your choice got much more uncomplicated. You’ll have to pick between standard body or widebody.

The base price for the 717-horsepower Hellcat Challenger automatic rises to $65,185 while the standard-width Redeye starts at $73,190. For those who thought that the Redeye was widebody-only, the actual price gap of $8,005, is far more manageable. A standard-width Redeye, without options, is roughly around the same price as a loaded Hellcat from a previous year.  

So 717 or 797 horsepower?

WHICH POWER LEVEL?

If you want a 2019 Dodge Challenger with a supercharged V8, you’ll most likely fall into one of these two groups. Those who have enough money and don’t care about the price and those who live on a budget. Let’s see how they compare.

The first group doesn’t care about money, so they want the most power possible. If you’re part of that group make sure to order a loaded Redeye Widebody. When it comes to checking off all the boxes, the Hellcat Challenger is like a supercharged luxury coupe.  

However, if you fall into the other group, compromised of those living on a budget- there are a few things to consider. One being, are you going to use the extra power of the Redeye? The extra power makes a big difference if you are going to use it, but if not then you are limited in situations on the street where the 797 horsepower will make that big difference over 717 horsepower.  

If you plan to spend a lot of time on the track, the Redeye and the added cost make a lot more sense, but if what you are looking for is a nice and a high-speed drive, then the 717-horsepower Hellcat will likely meet your needs. However, if your budget allows for it, then anyone looking for a nice, luxurious daily ride then the loaded 717-horsepower Hellcat over the stripped-down Redeye for the same basic price. You can get all of the same upgrades on the Redeye, but a full non-widebody is up around $80,000 while the loaded 717 horsepower is in the low $70,000 range.    

For pricing, it comes down to the extra power. If you’re looking to splurge then go with the Redeye. If you’re on a budget go with the standard Hellcat.    

WHICH WIDTH?

Whether you are buying the 717-horsepower or the 797-horsepower 2019 Challenger, you can get the standard-width body or the Widebody. In stock form, the widebody package yields considerably better launch and cornering grip, but at $6,000, someone who doesn’t particularly love the look will be able to buy that grip from the aftermarket in the form of tires for far less than $6,000. Some people don’t like the design of the widebody while the crucial only advantage is the fact that wider tires will fit comfortably inside the body.  

With that said, the widebody design allows owners to run wider rear tires without them sticking out of the body like an old pickup truck. Owners who are focused on more significant power or record-setting track times can run wider versions of the same sticky tires. That helps the standard Hellcat get off of the starting line in a hurry.  

NEED MORE ROOM?

Finally, if you need more space than the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat offers, you should look into the 2019 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. It provides 707 horsepower and very similar performance to that of the Challenger, with most of the same basic interior features coupled with more space for rear-riding passengers. The 2019 Hellcat Charger starts at $68,740, but it comes more heavily appointed in standard form, similar to the previous model years of the Hellcat Challenger.

If you’re interested in test-driving a Challenger model, make sure to check them out at Cape Coral Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM.

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