if muscle on muscles is your thing, dodge has some deals for you — a 2019 challenger srt hellcat with 10 more horsepower for more than $5,000 less than the 2018, according to a partial price list that's been released. meanwhile, the new 797-hp hellcat redeye will start at more than $13,000 less than the now-departed demon that inspired it.
the 717-hp 2019 challenger srt hellcat will start at $61,745 with a six-speed manual transmission — including a $1,700 federal gas-guzzler tax and $1,395 destination charge (up $50 from 2018). that's $5,595 less than the sticker on a 2018 model and might leave more in your budget for the many possible add-ons. or you might use it to buy more room for your big sticky tires; the hellcat widebody model, which adds 3.5 inches in width, added $6,000 to the price for 2018, though dodge has not yet said what the premium will be for 2019.
meanwhile, the new challenger srt hellcat redeye, with 797 hp and a range of gear from the drag-strip-optimized demon, will start at $72,745 with the guzzler tax and higher destination. it's down 43 hp but also $13,595 in price from the now-discontinued demon. it also will be offered in a widebody version. the redeye will sprint from zero-to-60 mph in 3.4 seconds, dodge says — down from 2.3 seconds for the demon, though it also promises to be more livable on the street.
a less exotic challenger can be had, however, for as little as $28,690 with destination for the base sxt trim level with a standard 305-hp v-6 and eight-speed automatic transmission. that's up $50 thanks to the higher destination charge. next up is a new rear-wheel-drive version of the v-6/automatic gt (it was all-wheel-drive-only in 2018) that starts at $31,390. it adds a hood scoop, cloth houndstooth-pattern seats, paddle shifters, and sportier steering and suspension. there also is a new awd version of the v-6 sxt that starts at $31,690 and the 2019 awd version of the v-6 gt is $34,390, down $950 from the 2018 version.
if you're gonna feel bad because you coulda had a v-8, eight-cylinder challengers begin with the r/t trim level. it has a 375-hp, 5.7-liter hemi mated to a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic and added features, and starts at $35,495 with the manual, which is $155 more than the 2018 version. but it's still slightly less than the lowest-price v-8s in muscle rivals, which are $36,350 with destination for the mustang and $37,995 for the camaro.
moving up to the r/t scat pack adds a 485-hp, 6.4-liter hemi v-8 with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic, brembo brakes and other features. it starts at $41,390 with the manual, up $50, including destination and a $1,000 gas-guzzler tax that applies to the manual version only. the 2019 challenger r/t scat pack also will be newly available with the widebody package, but dodge did not announce the price.
the 2019 challenger models will go on sale in the fall.
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