2019 Dodge Challenger Guide: Specs, Performance & More
Everything 2019 Challenger: Specifications, Production Numbers, Color Codes, Model History, & More
For the Dodge Challenger, 2019 was more of an alphabet soup than any other year to date. Names were added and deleted, and appearance became more important than ever.
Aside from add-ons galore, the Challenger drove on in the same style it had been carrying for over a decade. That isn’t to say that it was looking old fashion, but one could argue by now that there was not enough difference between a 2009 Challenger and the newest model 10 years later.
So, this level of Challenger is drastically different in every area except the one it truly needed help with – the engine. The 305hp six-cylinder engine remains the only option for these two and unfortunately, that is lousy 2019-power. Honestly, with this being a 4000lb car, there is little reason for this level of horsepower and performance.
Heck, even a 2019 Toyota Camary V6 has 301hp – and weighs 500lbs less! Imagine pulling up to a red light and being smoked by an old lady getting groceries??
The big changes for the SXT and GT came in function, not speed/power. Both cars were grouped together – with the SXT being the base level and the GT being the over-the-top optioned level. Both cars could get Dodge’s AWD system, but only the GT could get the upgraded looks.
Nope, this isn’t a Scat Pack or Hellcat!
The GT could be optioned with the performance hood, front splitter, wider wheels, Brembo brakes, and suspension upgrades. You could make your GT look like a mini-Scat Pack. It would be the slowest muscle car on the block, but it would look stunning.
Of note, the GT also had a $2,500 cheaper starting price than in 2018.
It does give concern that the Scat Pack and Hellcat aren’t looking different enough from the low-power Challengers anymore.
Challenger R/T, T/A, Shaker, Scat Pack
The R/T and R/T Scat Pack enjoy the widebody treatment that was exclusive to the Demon last year and that did help differentiate them from the lower SXT and GT models.
Base R/T models continued on with the 375hp 5.7L engine and Scat Pack buyers got the 110hp boost. Like the previous year, the 5.7L is getting long in the tooth and in need of a bump in power, where the Scat Pack stays atop most performance coupes as a fantastic deal.
Sad news, but not surprising, the SRT392/392 was dropped for 2019. The Scat Pack had gotten a following and the SRT392 was a bit on the redundant side, so the name was dropped. You were still able to get most of the 392’s goodness in the Scat Pack by adding options, but going too far meant a healthy $60k price tag.
Challenger SRT Hellcat, Redeye
The Hellcat tears through the human realm with a tiny bump in power. At 717hp, the Hellcat is still the dominant ¼mile value – reaching the 10-second mark with little effort for a mere $58k – some $6,000 less than 2018.
With the Demon sent back to the abyss, Dodge decided to give the Hellcat an upgrade. The Hellcat Redeye was the result. With a slightly different intake, the Redeye was infused with 797hp and 707lb-ft of torque. Tenths of a second would be the loss vs. the Demon, but with the savings in price, you could easily fit the same parts to Demonize your Redeye.
2019 Challenger Quick Specifications
Challenger Scat Pack
Challenger SRT Hellcat
Challenger Hellcat Redeye
6.2L SC V8
6.2L SC V8
14.8 @ 95 mph
14.8 @ 95 mph
13.5 @ 105 mph
12.7 @ 113 mph
11.6 @ 127 mph*
10.8 @ 133 mph**
*11.2 w/ street drag tires, 10.7 Euro version.
Dodge was quick to lower the GT’s starting price and also get rid of the SRT392’s higher sticker as well, but cannot seem to give any power boosts to anything short of a Hellcat badge. The 305hp SXT is still in the running for “slowest muscle car for 2019” and the R/T’s 375hp is in desperate need of a “4” in the first digit.
For weekend drag warriors, the Scat Pack, Hellcat, and Redeye will all certainly keep customers smiling. The low 11-second times from the Hellcat/Redeye aside, Scat Pack racers will be happy with their high 12-second passes – and do it in fantastic comfort to boot.
2019 Dodge Challenger Interior
The Challenger interior has always been stylish and user-friendly and 2019 is no different. The technology is at its highest level in the 11-year model run and the seating options follow suit.
Nappa and Laguna leather abound over the suede and cloth options. Color options remain on the high side of Challenger price tags but are numerous with color and fabric choices.
Hellcat and Redeye enjoy numerous gauge and dash treatments for a more aggressive look to match the speed.
2019 Dodge Challenger Wheels
Like 2018, the 2019 rim choices include a bunch from the Charger parts-bin. Saying that, there was still a cornucopia of sizes, looks, colors, and tires to choose from. Wanted a little something different? Go for the 20×9.5in low-gloss black forged aluminum. Need simple? Get a 17″ rim on your SXT – the first time anything under 18″ offered.
Any way you slice it, the Challenger’s rim choices are as plentiful and attractive as ever.
2019 Dodge Challenger Colors
Easily the BEST color palate in the 3rd Generation Challenger history, the 2019’s lineup included Go Mango, Plum Crazy, F8 Green, Octane Red, F5 Blue, Torred, and Yellow Jacket. The only thing missing would be a Sublime color – which seems like it was available but not at the time of brochure printing.
Along with the awesome color palate, you’d have over a half dozen different stripe choices and a color range of them as well. The ability to make your Challenger your own had never been better. Colors, stripes, widebody kits, hood scoops, and shaker-topped engines, and a dozen rims… it was like Christmas!
2019 Dodge Challenger Option Packages
Alpine Audio Group:
Includes 9-speaker premium amplified Alpine speakers with 506-watt subwoofer and surround sound.
Alacantara Appearance Package:
Includes Alacantara/Nappa leather ventilated seats with logo and 4-way lumbar adj. and Wildwheel Alacantara steering Wheel (req. Plus grp).
Includes Gloss Black instrument cluster trim rings, leather performance steering wheel (SXT), Black grille with Blacktop badge, GT grille badge (GT), R/T badge (R/T), Hemi fender badge (R/T), black rear spoiler, black fuel door, 20in black noise wheels (SXT,GT,R/T), 245/45ZR20 BSW all-season performance tires (SXT), 19″ black noise wheels (SXT & GT AWD).
Cold Weather Group:
Includes 180-amp alternator, heated front seats & heated steering wheel.
Driver Convieneience Group:
Includes power multi-function foldaway mirrors, HID headlamps, Rhombus illuminated air-catcher headlamp (R/T), foglamps (SXT), ParkSense Park Assist System (SXT RWD), Blind spot monitoring and rear cross-path detection, Remoe start, and Universal Garage Door Opener (SXT).
Includes power 4-wheel disc brake system with 15.4 inch vented and slotted front rotors with 6-piston Brembo calipers and 13.8 inch vented and slotted rear rotors with 4-piston Brembo calipers, 275/40ZR20 All-Season Performance tires and 20×9.5in low-gloss black forged wheels.
Mopar Interior Appearance Group:
Includes Trunk Mat w/ logo, Mopar bright door sills, premium logo floor mats and Mopar bright pedal kit..
Premium Sound Group:
900-watt amplifier, 18 Harmon Kardon speakers, and tire service kit (replaces spare).
R/T Classic Package:
Performance Nappa leather and suede heated and ventilated seats, dual classic R/T side stripes, HID headlamps, “Challenger” script fender badge and 20″ polished forged aluminum Classic II wheels.
Includes rain-sensing wipers, Auto High-Beam Headlamp Control and Forward Collision Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control Stop.
Includes Nappa leather-trimmed sport seats (SXT), Nappa/Alacantara Performace Seats (GT,R/T), Nappa/Alacantara Performace Seats with Scat Pack logo (R/T Scat Pack), Nappa/Alacantara Performace Seats with Hellcat logo (SRT Hellcat), Performance brakes (SXT), ventilated front seats, door trim panels with ambient lighting, black-edged premium floor mats or red-edge mats (GT,R/T), Dodge Performance Pages (GT, R/T), heated front seats (SXT,GT,R/T), 6 premium speakers with 276-watt amp (SXT,GT,R/T), power steering column, 245/45ZR20 BSW all-season performance tires (SXT), 20in Granite Crystal painted wheels (SXT), 20in Saton Carbon painted wheels (GT,R/T), Rear Park Assist, Bright pedals (SXT,GT), Universal Garage Door Opener (SXT), dark interior engine turn accents (SRT Hellcat)
Includes floor mats, lightweight washer bottle and tilt/telescoping steering column. (req. Harmon audio grp, sunroof, and Widebody pgks).
Down 5%, the Challenger’s sales for 2019 could be the start of a downward trend – one that may not be fixed without major changes in its lineup. The lack of change with multiple engines or exterior design may have the public complacent to not purchase a new Challenger.