Back in 2017 when the Dodge brand released the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, it was definitely a pinnacle of achievement for a factory-manufactured vehicle. Outfitted with a a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Demon V8 engine modified with over 90 new parts, the engine had the ability to generate up to 840 horsepower and 770 lb-ft of torque with a little 100+ high octane fuel. Since then, many wondered what was next for Dodge. At the same time, Chevrolet and other brands kept claiming they could beat the Dodge SRT Demon. For every brand that swats at the “fastest car title,” Dodge swats back.
2019 Dodge Challenger
For those who thought the Demon was it for the Dodge Challenger, don’t worry just yet. A teaser for the 2019 Dodge Challenger was released in May 2018, with more details being revealed in the summer. The teaser showed us a new design for the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat that gives the muscle car 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-generation Dodge Challenger featured the Dodge Challenger Trans Am, or T/A for short, and we think the revival of the T/A for recent Dodge Challenger model years may be linked to bringing back the retro look for the new 2019 Dodge Challenger.
The new hood scoop will also be functional, said to feed air into the supercharger lurking underneath. More air means more power, and of course bigger competition. Enter the next-gen Chevrolet Corvette.
Soon entering its eighth generation, Chevrolet is breaking off from the usual muscle car tradition by morphing the next Corvette into an all-wheel drive hybrid variant. Now that’s definitely something no one ever thought a muscle car brand would say. What good is a hybrid muscle car?
1000 horsepower good. That’s the kind of power Chevy has been boasting about the C8 Corvette all-wheel drive hybrid muscle car. Before we see it though, we will see another Chevy Corvette in the form of the usual coupe launch, powered by an updated version of the current car’s 6.2-liter LT1 V8 under the hood. Later into its release, word is a twin-turbo take on the 5.5-liter V-8 with an astonishing 800 horsepower may be added as an option. That’s dangerously close to the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, looking past the hybrid variant.
A New Dodge Viper?
So Chevrolet wants to make a Corvette that can beat the factory produced 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon? Sure, yeah, fine, go for it. Dodge has no intention of letting that one fly.
Dodge recently announced that the automotive brand had all intentions of producing and releasing an all-new next-generation Dodge Viper, but when Marchionne left the company, that idea went with him. With all the specs that were released, we really thought the Dodge Viper was coming back for a next-generation. It doesn’t quite make much sense though…if Dodge wasn’t going to release a new Viper, then what’s the deal with all the specs? Did someone at Dodge mess up and leak details about a new Dodge model? We’ve heard the rumors, but nothing solid.
What other vehicle could Dodge really pull out to push back against the C8 Corvette? And how will they refresh it to match up with modern muscle cars? A next-generation or new muscle car could be a possibility, something modern but keeps the Dodge heritage style. Some of the specs speak of reducing the weight, like Dodge did with the Dodge CHallenger SRT Demon, with aluminum and carbon fiber construction of various components. Nimble handling was to come in the form of all new front and rear independent suspension to keep things tight and locked down. Then there’s the new powertrain.
Oddly enough, the original plan for a next-generation Dodge Viper wasn’t a muscle car being designed to meet the 800 horsepower of a fabled Corvette or even the 1000 horsepower of a hybrid. Dodge was relying on the love for the Dodge Viper to set it apart from the competition, but now we’re not quite sure what the plans are. Dodge made claims that a next-generation version of the forced-induction 707hp Hellcat V8 engine currently found in the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, and Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk may be made available, but now for what model?