2019 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

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2019 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Review

by Gabe Beita Kiser

The year is 1969. Man has landed on the moon using the equivalent of half of a Nokia 3310's computational capacity. The man sitting in front of the TV with his family watching Armstrong bound across the moon's surface has a 440 Magnum Dodge Charger parked in the driveway. Fast forward to 2019. That man's grandson now holds the combined knowledge of humanity in his front-left jean pocket. He also drives a Dodge Charger, but this one's a little bit quicker. The 2019 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat was first introduced in 2015 and blew everyone away with its ridiculous power figures of over 700 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. Here was a Dodge sedan that could do 204 mph and still take the kids to school after the fact. The SRT Hellcat offers supercar performance at family car prices and has already been cemented as a modern American classic. Is there anything that can keep up with the Hellcat in the mid-sized sedan class?

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2019 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2018 Charger SRT Hellcat?

Since its release back in 2015, the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat has seen minor updates. In 2018 a rear backup camera and rear park assist became standard fare, and for 2019 Dodge has made further changes to its beastly Hellcat with subtle exterior and interior styling updates, while revising trim level names and the features that go with them. The rest of the SRT Hellcat remains the same: tons of power, lots of attitude, and a personality that will fill up any garage no matter the size.

Pros and Cons

  • That 707-hp engine
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
  • Comfortable interior
  • Lots of personalization available
  • Works best in a straight line
  • It's a thirsty beast
  • Interior build quality is questionable

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2019 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
SRT Hellcat
6.2L Supercharged V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$65,795
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2019 Charger SRT Hellcat Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 200.8 in
  • Wheelbase 120.4 in
  • Height 58.2 in
  • Max Width 75.0 in
  • Front Width 63.4 in
  • Rear Width 63.7 in
  • Curb Weight 4,575.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • B5 Blue Pearlcoat +$69
  • Plum Crazy Pearlcoat, w/M94,(!M98), Build Out:10/01/2019 +$70
  • Destroyer Gray Clearcoat, w/M94,(!M98), Build Out:10/01/2019
  • Sublime Metallic Clearcoat, Build Out:10/01/2019
  • Maximum Steel Metallic Clearcoat, w/M94,(!M98), Build Out: 08/07/2019
  • F8 Green
  • Go Mango
  • Granite Pearlcoat
  • Indigo Blue
  • Octane Red Pearlcoat
  • Pitch Black Clearcoat
  • Torred Clearcoat
  • Triple Nickel Clearcoat
  • White Knuckle Clearcoat

2019 Charger SRT Hellcat Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    6.2L Supercharged V8 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    RWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

The Charger SRT Hellcat was never designed to lap the Nurburgring in record times, but as a daily driven sports sedan, it performs surprisingly well. The Hellcat will remain relatively flat when going through fast corners, but there is almost no feedback from the front of the car, and to make matters worse, the stiff rear end is easily thrown off by mid-corner bumps. That stiff rear end, accompanied by large 20-inch wheels can make the Charger feel crashy on bumpy roads. The throttle response on the Charger ranges from sluggish to all-out insanity within a minimal range of pedal movement, so it is best to be very careful with throttle inputs. That said, the Hellcat is surprisingly nimble around town and is an obvious freeway bomber. There are some redeeming factors to the way the Charger SRT Hellcat handles and rides, however; the steering at low speeds is nicely weighted, and all that low down torque means you can nip in between traffic without hesitation.

2019 Charger SRT Hellcat Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 41.8 in
  • Front Head Room 38.6 in
  • Rear Leg Room 40.1 in
  • Rear Head Room 36.6 in

2019 Charger SRT Hellcat Trunk and Cargo Space

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2019 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Rear View 2 Dodge
  • Trunk Volume
    16.1 ft³

2019 Charger SRT Hellcat Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2019 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat a good car?

It's almost as if nothing has changed in the past 50 odd years. The great American muscle car might have seen a few low points in recent decades, but it's back and better than ever. The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat exemplifies the tremendous American automotive spirit of producing affordable and comfortable family cars that'll blow the doors clean off more exotic European offerings. The Hellcat not only undercuts its competitors on price but does so in almost every other category, including power, space, and tech. The Charger Hellcat is by no means a perfect car, all you need to do is take it to a track day, or count your fuel stops and you'll quickly notice some of its more obvious faults. As a package, there is very little else that can compare with it: who else builds a 707-hp family sedan that's actually comfortable and can do the school run just as comfortably as the quarter-mile sprint? The Hellcat is an American hero through and through.

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2019 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Comparisons

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe Chevrolet
Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Dodge
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat797 hp12/21 mpg$77,345
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe 650 hp14/20 mpg$63,000
Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 808 hp13/22 mpg$83,295

2019 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat vs Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe

The Camaro ZL1 might be a two-door coupe, but it definitely plays in the same schoolyard as the Charger Hellcat. Both cars make use of a 6.2-liter supercharged V8, but the Chevy loses out to the Charger in terms of outright power but matches the Charger for torque, developing 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque versus the Charger's 707 hp. Both send power to the rear wheels, but the Camaro has the option of a six-speed manual and can get to sixty in around 3.5 seconds. The Camaro offers more space in the front but is obviously more constrained in the rear, while the Charger also has the benefit of more usable cargo space. That's where things look up for the Hellcat - all the performance, but none of the compromises on practicality either. With more standard features and greater levels of luxury, the question isn't why you should buy the Charger, but rather why not?

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2019 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat vs Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon was a purpose-built drag car that somehow got street-legal status, and comparing it to the Charger Hellcat is a bit of a frivolous exercise, but we'll do it because people like comparing fast cars. The Demon is powered by the same 6.2-liter supercharged V8, but now produces 808 hp, over a hundred more horsepower than the Hellcat, and a massive 717 lb-ft. All of that power is sent to the back wheels via a strengthened eight-speed gearbox which enables the Demon to sprint to sixty in only 2.1 seconds, but this requires a prepped drag strip and sticky tires. Amazingly the Demon will match the Hellcat's fuel consumption figures with 13/22/16 mpg city/highway/combined, but real-world data should tell a different story. The Demon comes with a similar infotainment setup and safety equipment, but can be completely ruled out as a serious daily driven car. The Charger offers a better-balanced offering for daily use.

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