2019 Dodge Challenger
2019 Dodge Challenger
There are some cars that are truly fun to write about–probably because they are plenty fun to drive and even look at. One of those is the Dodge Challenger. The Challenger has been around since before my parents were born but this pony car still has plenty to get excited about, especially this year. That’s right, Challenger fans are in for a real treat since 2019 heralds the coming of the 797-horsepower Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye, a new hood for the Hellcat, all-wheel drive on every trim level, and more. So if you like that classic look and a revving engine, 2019 is your year.
What’s New for 2019?
Sadly, the 808-/840-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon goes away this year. But this new height in pony car engineering has left its mark. Because the Hellcat engine, which debuted in 2014 to make the Challenger the most powerful muscle car on the market, is getting a “demonic” mid-cycle upgrade. Every Challenger Hellcat is getting a new dual snorkel hood while what lies beneath is an improved 717-horsepower 6.2-liter V-8 engine delivering 656 pound-feet of torque. That’s an extra 10 horsepower, but that’s not all. Cue the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye. This latest Dodge offering unleashes an insane 797 horsepower and 707 pound-feet of torque. If blistering acceleration brings a tear to your eye, get ready to openly weep. The Redeye goes zero to 60 in just 3.4 seconds.
We’re also excited that all-wheel drive is available on all six trims of the 2019 Dodge Challenger. The base Challenger used to only offer rear-wheel drive. But now for 2019, you can opt for all-wheel drive for just $3,000 more. The same goes one step up on the GT trim. All-wheel drive is truly rare on a muscle car. So if you want to take the Challenger out for a spin in winter weather, there’s nothing to stop you now.
What About the Other Trim Levels?
As much as we gush about the Hellcats and limited edition models, even the base SXT trim is a solid machine and well worth a purchase if that’s your price point. The Challenger SXT comes standard with a 305-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 generating 268 pound-feet of torque, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, proximity key entry, push-button start, Uconnect infotainment, 7-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Moving up one tier to the similar Challenger GT adds upgraded cloth upholstery, rear parking sensors, steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters, and remote start.
The best trim level that’s not a Hellcat is the Challenger R/T, divided into regular and Scat Pack flavors. This level starts with its standard 375-horsepower V8 engine with six- or eight-speed automatic transmission. But opting for the R/T Scat Pack level upgrades the engine to a 485-horsepower V8. Any of the Challengers are impressive for their price points, because the Challenger is a quality pony car.