As of today, “It’s alive!”
Its animation station is not Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory, but it is a reasonable approximation, because the Brampton, Ontario, assembly facility is where cars with monstrous capabilities are being made. The monster in this scenario is one of the most breathtaking production cars ever made, the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye. New examples of the 797-horsepower musclecar are now rolling off the line as production started today at the FCA US Brampton Assembly Plant.
Heart comes from the FCA parts bin
Frankenstein’s monster got his heart from a dead body. The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye got its heart from the FCA parts bin. But like the doctor who brought the pieced-together monster to life, the engineers and technicians at SRT did some heavy manipulation of the 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 engine before it was deemed ready for its new role.
You don’t get 797 horsepower and 707 pound-feet of torque by pulling an engine off the shelf. It took sophisticated supercharging and beefed-up componentry derived from the record-setting 2018 Challenger SRT Demon to make the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye the most powerful, quickest and fastest production musclecar that has ever pounded the pavement. Its dizzying performance includes 0-60 miles per hour acceleration in 3.4 seconds, a quarter-mile elapsed time of 10.8 seconds at 131 mph and a top speed of 203 mph. Those are truly monster numbers.
Classic Dodge performance design
The 2019 Challenger SRT Hellcat models sport a new fully functional, dual-snorkel hood that pays homage to archetypical Dodge design themes. But as with most things about the car, they are bigger and bolder than the snorkel hoods of the Sixties and Seventies.
The new Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is also adorned with new badging. A sinister red eye is featured on the Hellcat fender badges, instrument panel, key fobs and supercharger housing. Inside, the performance interior features a new 220-mph red speedometer and Redeye logo splash screen.
The 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye models that are currently being built will drive onto trucks to start arriving at Dodge//SRT dealerships this fall. They are expected to become instant collectors’ items.