We’ve all been waiting for more details about the 2019 Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger Hellcat since Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) teased details about the new muscle cars. Just recently, the FCA group finally delivered the news we’ve been waiting for. Not only are we getting a new and improved Dodge Charger Hellcat for 2019, but we’re going to also see some Dodge Challenger SRT Demon features find their way in to the original car from Hell. Anyone who was hoping for a four-door SRT Demon may finally have their wish.
The 2019 Dodge Charger may not be able to boast 840 horsepower and 770 lb-ft of torque like its cousin, the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, but the muscle car turned sedan has inherited a few performance tricks through the family tree. For one, the 2019 Dodge Charger will come with an After-Run Chiller that, when engaged, continues to provide fluids like coolant and air to bring down the temperature of the engine, even after being shut off, before shutting down completely. This allows for drivers to start the engine back up more quickly after a run - get it? In addition, the 2019 Dodge Charger will feature Torque Reserve, or more popularly known as the launch control the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon uses to precharge the supercharger by closing its bypass valve and deliberately misfiring the engine - also known for causing the famous one-wheelie of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.
If those two features aren’t enough for speed demons, then maybe the added electronic line lock that locks the front brakes will be more their style. Those that like speed also like to show off, and an electronic line lock is a mode where the car engages only the front brakes to allow for a stationary burnout to warm up the rear tires. To sweeten the pot, Dodge added Launch Assist to the 2019 Dodge Charger Hellcat, an enhancement to the car's launch and traction controls that aims to prevent a loss of control by adjusting the engine output proactively. If consumers can’t match the price of the 2019 Dodge Charger Hellcat, the line lock and Launch Assist features do come standard with the 2019 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack.
The powertrain doesn’t change much for the 2019 Dodge Charger. Previously, we learned that the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat would receive a new front grille with a nostril-intake that will be integrated into the grille adjacent to the SRT Hellcat logo (seen below). Said to be a functional addition and not simply an aesthetic change, it is believed that the nostril intake can function like a hood scoop and increase the horsepower output of the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat trim. Other aesthetics have been rumored, but if the above image is anything to go by, the Dodge Charger will still look more like a sedan than a muscle car in the end.
We’re still waiting on more details about the 2019 Dodge Challenger, but just like the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, the automaker is being as cryptic as ever. We first got a glimpse of a new functional hood scoop being added to the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat that will feed air into the supercharger lurking underneath (seen below).
Weeks passed until we got this weird video of the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat blasting through a desert landscape. It’s just confusing.
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