2019 Dodge Challenger
The 2019 Dodge Challenger is a two-ton coupe rocking old school 70s-era style and modern performance. Updates for this model year includes a new rear-drive GT, the debut of the Scat Pack Widebody trim which includes flared-out fenders that add 3.5inches to its width, and the new Hellcat Redeye model. The 2019 Challenger’s base V6 delivers 305 horsepower and 268lb-ft of torque, and is paired exclusively to an eight-speed automatic. Dodge also offers a class-exclusive all-wheel drive system for the V6. The R/T comes with a 5.7L Hemi V8 capable of 375 horsepower, and the Scat Pack with a 6.4L V8 delivering 485 horsepower. This is the most powerful engine in its class. One the high performance side is the SRT Hellcat, packing a 6.2L supercharged V8 with 717 horsepower and 656lb-ft of torque. The new Redeye model also has a supercharged V8 producing 797 horsepower and 707lb-ft of torque, if the 'base' Hellcat was not enough.
The Ultimate Performance Mod
If you’re looking to wring out every last bit of horsepower in your V8 and money is no object, then an aftermarket supercharger is right up your street, not least as this is the system that Dodge uses on its own SRT Hellcat & Redeye models to output their eye-watering 700+ horsepower. But why a supercharger over a turbocharger? It fundamentally comes down to their design. At its most basic level, a supercharger is a forced induction system mechanically powered by the Challenger’s engine through a belt and pulley system. It will force more air (moreover, oxygen) into the engine than is possible through natural aspiration. A turbocharger on the other hand is powered by the velocity and heat energy of the hot and expanding exhaust gases as they rush out of the engine’s cylinders. With a turbocharged car, there’s a slight throttle delay as the system needs to ‘spool up’ before it can deliver an additional burst of power - thus you’ll hear the terms ‘boost lag’ or ‘turbo lag’. A supercharger has no lag, throttle response is immediate, but its system is less efficient as it uses the engine’s own power to spin itself. Fuel efficiency will take a hit, but you’ll also be seeing significant horsepower and torque gains, as much as 46% (running 7-9 psi of boost) depending on the model and the exact configuration of your Challenger.
- No power lag
- 46%+ power increase
- No complicated pipe routing
There are a few other important things to note when considering superchargers for your Challenger. There are three key designs: Roots, Centrifugal and Screw Type superchargers, each with their own pros and cons. Kits will also frequently be labelled as Stage 1, 2 or 3 which indicate their boost levels, fueling requirements and power output.
Challenger Demon Style
2019 was the year Dodge discontinued its iconic Challenger Demon, which some might argue is the ultimate in muscle cars. Along with its hugely powerful V8 engine, the Demon also featured the largest hood scoop ever fitted to a stock vehicle. Even though the Demon itself is no longer available as new, you can still replicate its signature frontend look with an aftermarket hood. This is a complete replacement for your stock equivalent, and will usually be manufactured from fibreglass or carbon fibre. Fibreglass - the heavier of the two materials - is found at the less costly end of the spectrum, as it is a well established medium in which to construct body parts. Carbon fibre, on the other hand, is more expensive due to its more intensive and precise manufacturing process, of which makes a lighter, more durable final product.