2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye offers 797 hp for $70,000

Dodge is the master of performance bargains.

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The Dodge Challenger is a very efficient way to spend money and receive horsepower in return, and it appears that story will continue on with the automaker's 2019 lineup.

The 2019 Dodge Challenger starts at $27,295 for a rear-wheel-drive Challenger SXT with a 305-horsepower V6. Want to move up to all-wheel drive? That'll bring the price up to $30,295. An eight-speed automatic appears to be the only transmission on offer.

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The widebody kit looks so freakin' mean. I'm glad it stuck around.


If you want the same engine but a bit sportier of a look, the Challenger GT will set you back either $29,995 (RWD) or $32,995 (AWD). This model adds a hood scoop, a splitter, paddle shifters and cloth Houndstooth seats. It also stiffens up the suspension and gives the steering a bit more heft for a more engaging time on the road.

If a V8 is more your speed, consider the Challenger R/T, whch starts at $34,100 and includes a 5.7-liter V8 with 375 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque and can be had with either an eight-speed automatic or a six-speed manual. If that's not enough power, head to the R/T Scat Pack, which bumps output up to 485 horsepower and 475 torques. This model is the true performance bargain, offering all that hustle for just $38,995 (not including a $1,000 gas-guzzler tax on the manual).

The penultimate Challenger trim is the SRT Hellcat, which relies on the same supercharged 6.2-liter V8 as before, but power is now up to 717-horsepower from 707. Available with either an automatic or a manual transmission, the Hellcat starts at $58,650 (not including a $1,700 gas-guzzler tax). That's more than $5,000 cheaper than the Hellcat used to be, which is nice to see. Both the Scat Pack and Hellcat are available with a widebody kit that borrows some of its aesthetics from the now-discontinued SRT Demon.

And then there's the Redeye. The new Challenger Hellcat Redeye is absurd, putting out 797 horsepower and 707 pound-feet of torque. Available only with an eight-speed automatic, this is the most expensive Challenger variant at $69,650 (not counting the $1,700 gas-guzzler tax). The 2019 Challenger lineup starts production this fall in Ontario, with deliveries starting in the fourth quarter of this year.

2019 Dodge Challenger gets more power, as if it needed it

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