Dodge’s heritage is one of those things that will always make Dodge vehicles like the Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger unmistakable from the other muscle cars in the market. With 2018 heading into the summer, that means vehicles for the 2019 model year will start to make their appearances. With that comes the teasing and debuts of many concepts and changes for some of our favorites. Most recently is the tease Dodge gave us about the new 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and the 2019 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.
From what one can see in the image below, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat will be getting a new retro dual-snorkel hood scoop inspired by classic Mopar designs to pay tribute to its heritage way back when the Dodge Challenger first began. The first Dodge Challenger made its introduction in 1970. It was the first-generation Dodge Challenger that also introduced the Dodge Challenger Trans Am, or T/A for short, along with the R/T (Road/Track) trim. Both of these vehicles were made for racing on the strip or driving in the streets – sound familiar?
The new functional hood scoop being added to the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat will feed air into the supercharger lurking underneath. In addition, the Challenger SRT Hellcat may also get some design elements and running gear from the monstrous Demon. We wonder if these changes have anything to do with the teased Hellcat Drag Pack announced early 2018, said to add about 18 units of horsepower to a Challenger SRT Hellcat. Either way, the 6.2-liter HEMI V8 might get a slight bump in power output as well according to Dodge, having explained that the air ducts will deliver more air to the engine’s fuel intake, and the more air there is to burn the more power that can be delivered.
With the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, it’s getting more of a cosmetic update rather than an addition to performance. A new front grille will be popping up on the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat along with a nostril-intake that will be integrated adjacent to the SRT Hellcat logo. This nostril-intake is also functional, just like the hood scoop, and although Dodge hasn’t said anything about it also increasing horsepower output, one can expect a minor boost. Other aesthetic changes are expected for the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat though, aiming to refresh the vehicle to make it look more intimidating, and there’s even talk of some weight loss like Dodge did with the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.
It’s all just one big tease for now, but Dodge has said more information will be released in the summer of 2018, so we’ll know more soon enough.
Retro Dodge Challenger T/A
Speaking of retro designs for the Dodge Challenger, we mentioned the Challenger Trans Am (T/A) that was released in the first generation of the Dodge Challenger. For those that would’ve loved to drive this vehicle and aren’t in the know, Dodge actually revived the Dodge Challenger T/A in 2017. Available in three trims, the Dodge Challenger T/A, Challenger T/A Plus, and Challenger T/A Plus 392, the revival was only expected to last the 2017 model year, but crossed over into 2018. If the pattern follows, we may also see them in 2019 too, but no word on that yet.
The modern Dodge Challenger T/A comes with standard parts designed for performance integrated into the body, such as the new “Air Catcher” headlamps with LED-illuminated T/A logos, a brand new 2.75” Electronically-controlled active performance exhaust system, and 20-inch Mopar lightweight forged aluminum wheels with a Hyper Black II finish. The Super Track Pak, consisting of BSW Performance Tires (Goodyear Eagle F1), anti-lock 4-wheel disc heavy duty high performance brakes, and performance steering with variable displacement pump, has also been added to the Challenger T/A, along with a race-bred chassis, a 0.5” lowered suspension, high-performance Bilstein shock-absorbers, and a three-mode electronic stability control calibration with “full off.”
The Dodge Challenger T/A Plus is the same as the T/A with added amenities and luxuries, hence the “Plus”. Unlike the Challenger T/A and T/A Plus, powered by the 373hp 5.7-liter HEMI V8, the Dodge Challenger T/A Plus 392 is powered by 6.4L-392 HEMI V8 engine that generates up to 485-horsepower. This trim is also outfitted with ultra-high performance Brembo six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes with vented rotors, unique heated and ventilated Nappa leather performance seats, all-new 20-inch forged aluminum wheels in a Low Gloss Black finish, Pirelli three-season performance tires, and “392” fender decals. One could say it was given a high-class treatment.
Keep an eye on Miami Lakes Dodge social media for updates on the new 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. Also check out the Dodge Challenger T/A series online or on the lot.