The 2019 Dodge Challenger lineup comes with some impressive technical and driver convenience enhancements while retaining the distinctive designaspects.
The Challenger lineup is available in seven trims: the base SXT RWD, the GT RWD, the GT AWD, the R/T, the R/T Scat Pack, the SRT Hellcat, and the SRT Hellcat Redeye. You can also get the optional T/A models with the R/T and the R/T Scat Pack.
Dodge offers optional packages for the various trims like the Driver Convenience Group, the Technology Group, the Cold Weather Group, the Performance Handling Group, the Blacktop Package, Sound Group II, and the Plus Group. Go for any of these if you want to add extra features and improve your driving experience.
The GT and R/T rear-wheel-drive models get a better suspension and paddle shifters. The GT also has four-piston Brembo brakes, wider wheels, and a larger rear sway bar. The GT AWD boasts a better sound system and all-weather features.
The R/T trim features stronger springs and sway bars. It also comes fitted with shock absorbers by Bilstein and has a limited-slip differential. It has houndstooth cloth seats and parking assist sensors. You can choose to discard the rear seats if want your vehicle to lose 50 pounds for more speed.
The R/T Scat Pack Widebody model has enhanced shock absorbers and the Challenger designers have given it larger front and rear sway bars and stiffened its chassis front springs. These improvements make for a much speedier vehicle. The R/T Scat Pack also offers better performance with features for launching, line locking, and SRT drive modes.
The Hellcat models come with a new dual-snorkel on the hood. This air-extractor design resembles the classic designs of Dodge’s 1970s models like the Dart Swinger and the Demon. Both the Hellcat and the R/T Scat Pack have Widebody models that come with 11-inch forged aluminum wheels and 305/35ZR-20 tires.
You get the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine and an eight-speed transmission with the SXT RWD and GT RWD trims. With a 305 horsepower production and a torque of 268 pound-feet, the lower trims offer good speed.
With the 5.7-liter V-8 engine, the R/T gets 375 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. For the Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack, the Hemi V-8 engine generates 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque.
The SRT Hellcat, meanwhile, gets an improved 717 horsepower with the 6.2-liter V-8 and 656 pound-feet of torque.
Dodge’s latest Challenger model, the Hellcat Redeye, surpasses the famous Demon in speed. While the Demon clocked 168 miles per hour, the Hellcat Redeye can zoom to 203 mph. It manages this despite having a lower horsepower rating from the similar 6.2-liter V-8 Hemi engine that comes paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Compared to the Demon’s 840 horsepower and 770 pound-feet of torque, the Hellcat Redeye produces 797 horsepower and 707 pound-feet of torque.
The 2019 Challenger lineup has enough going for it to keep long-time Challenger enthusiasts happy and make new converts.