czwartek, 28 czerwca 2018

First Look: 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye

 Somebody call Sergio Marchionne. Somebody needs to urgently let the CEO of FCA know the people in charge of Dodge have gotten hold of the keys to the high-performance lockers and are running completely wild. How else to explain the newest Challenger, the 2019 SRT Hellcat Redye with an eye-popping 797 horsepower?

That is no typo. At 797 horsepower, the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye becomes the most powerful mass produced V8 in the world now that the 840-horsepower atom splitter known as the Demon has finished its production run of 3,300 cars. With 707 lb.-ft. of torque, the new Redeye launches to 98 km/h in 3.4 seconds, eclipses the quarter mile 10.8 seconds and maxes out at 326 km/h. Perhaps NASA should be notified, too.

Regular Hellcats — if the car can be even called “regular” — also get a power boost to 717 from 707 horsepower. Torque inches up 656 lb.-ft. from 650. But all Hellcats now get a functional, dual-snorkel hood that pays homage to the 1970 Dart Swinger and 1971 Demon, an era that seemed like the pinnacle of horsepower, but now, in retrospect, seems like pre-school to today’s staggering power.

The Challenger R/T Scat Pack can now be optioned with the widebody formerly limited to Hellcat cars. The kit adds 8.8 centimetres to the overall width, which should help improve handling and braking to the naturally aspirated muscle car. At the track, larger six-piston Brembo front brakes, wider wheels and tires, and suspension upgrades featured on the Scat Pack 392 Widebody equate to 2 second faster lap times, or approximately 12 car lengths at a 3.3-kilometre road course, compared with the non-Widebody Challenger Scat Pack.

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