June 28, 2018 | by Josh Welton
When the 2018 Dodge SRT Demon was launched, it did so with the promise that it would be limited to 3,300 units. With allocations limited and demand far outpacing supply, prices soared and many Mopar fans were left in the dust with their measly 707hp Hellcats.
Most enthusiasts, however, felt that Dodge would let at least a few components of the Demon’s monster 840hp, 770ftlb engine and some of its groundbreaking (for a production car) drag racing tech trickle down to the 2019 Challenger Hellcat. Boy, were they right.
The ‘19 Hellcat Redeye is the happy recipient of what basically amounts to a Demon drivetrain. It might be rated at “just” 797hp and 707ftlbs, but at first glance it has all the same goods. The amped up and strengthened internals, Power Chiller, After Chiller, Torque Reserve, the bigger 2.7l blower putting out more boost, higher redline, stronger driveline pieces, higher stall torque converter, and so on and so forth, are seemingly identical.
Other parts vital to the Demon’s straight line track prowess, like the transbrake, lightweight and drag focused suspension, 18” wheels with super wide drag radials, smaller brakes, and (most) of the weight savings don’t carry over. I’d wager that the new car’s tune is a bit less aggressive. But my guess is the 10.8 quarter mile time listed for the Redeye widebody is fairly conservative, considering that number has been hit by stock 2018 widebodies with much less power.
I figured I’d put together an easy Demon versus Redeye comparison to keep things straight. It’s not comprehensive, but I think it hit most of the big ticket items!