Those looking to boast about numbers in the horsepower war will still turn to Dodge. The brand’s Challenger nameplate will now feature two separate Hellcat models: the standard Challenger Hellcat and Challenger Hellcat Redeye. And more power comes for the latest model year.
The standard Hellcat pushes the power rating from 707 horsepower up to 717 hp, thanks in part to a new dual-snorkel hood that better channels air into the factory cone filter. The Hellcat Redeye, which receives some of the now-discontinued Challenger Demon’s technology, makes 797 hp. The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 remains Chevy’s top dog with a 650-hp 6.2-liter LT4 supercharged V8 engine.
Aside from the power bumps, both models sport nearly identical looks to the previous model year cars, though the dual-snorkel hood is the major differentiator. The hood is meant to recall some of the most iconic Mopars or yesteryear, notably the Dart Swinger and original Demon.
We’ve mulled the question numerous times before, but the retro-inspired designs and throwback cues certainly help motivate Challenger buyers. We think it’s time Chevrolet look back on the Camaro’s past for its own design packages and styling motifs inspired by the past.