Auburn Hills, Mich. – MotorWeek, television’s original automotive magazine series, today announced the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeyeand all-new 2019 Ram 1500are winners of the Drivers’ Choice awards for “Best Performance Car” and “Best Pickup Truck.”
Dodge//SRT launched its most powerful Challenger SRT Hellcat lineup ever in 2019, led by the new 797-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye. Dubbed the “Hellcat possessed by the Demon,” and powered by the Demon’s supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® high-output V-8, the new performance halo for the brand is also the most powerful, quickest and fastest muscle car.
“It’s awesome to know the muscle car spirit of the Demon lives on in the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye,” said John Davis, creator and host of MotorWeek, television’s longest running automotive magazine show. “Sure, it cranks a little less HEMI power, but it’s still enough to get to 60 miles per hour in less time than it takes to say this sentence. Plus, it can handle a road course as well as it takes the quarter mile.”
The all-new Ram 1500 – the most awarded truck in America – continues its streak of impressive award wins, taking the Best Pickup Truck honors.
“The Ram 1500 continues to lead the way in making a big truck double as a big family pleaser with as much attention paid to interior conveniences and ride comfort as to cargo hauling and towing,” said Davis.
About MotorWeek’s Annual Drivers’ Choice Awards
Every year for the last 38 years, MotorWeek has paused half way through its television season to take stock of the state of the automotive business, and to judge the best new cars and trucks of the year. MotorWeek’s annual Drivers’ Choice Awards look at vehicles from a buyer’s point of view, with attention to automotive trends and innovations, as well as value and reliability – all to produce a list of winners that can be used as a practical guide for car shopping.
MotorWeek announced all of its Drivers’ Choice Awards winners today at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. All Drivers’ Choice Award winners are featured on Motorweek.org, and will appear on a special episode (#3823) of MotorWeek airing on public television stations beginning February 9, and on cable’s MotorTrend Network beginning February 19.
2019 Dodge Challenger
Dodge launches the most powerful SRT Hellcat lineup ever in 2019, by leveraging the power of the record-setting Dodge Challenger SRT Demon to introduce the new performance halo for the brand and the most powerful, quickest and fastest muscle car – the 797-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye.
The Challenger SRT Hellcat returns with output now starting at 717 horsepower and both Hellcat models feature a new dual-snorkel hood that pays homage to the distinctive Dodge design themes from some of its most famous muscle cars, including the 1970 Dart Swinger and 1971 Demon. The new R/T Scat Pack Widebody includes fender flares, adding 3.5 inches of body width, 20 x 11-inch forged wheels, 305/35ZR20 Pirelli tires and larger six-piston Brembo brakes in the front for improved on-road and on-track performance. The new Challenger GT rear-wheel-drive model extends its performance capabilities with standard Super Track Pak features, performance hood, splitter and seats, for the first time ever with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine.
Eight distinct models make up the reconfigured vehicle lineup for 2019: SXT, SXT AWD, GT, GT AWD, R/T, R/T Scat Pack, SRT Hellcat and SRT Hellcat Redeye. Numerous option packages offer all the upgrades, unique heritage cues and additional performance that Dodge//SRT customers demand. Challenger offers a full range of engine options, including the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 on SXT, SXT AWD, GT and GT AWD models, the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 in the R/T models, the naturally aspirated 392 HEMI V-8 on R/T Scat Pack models, the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 on the SRT Hellcat and a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI high-output V-8 on the SRT Hellcat Redeye.
2019 Ram 1500
The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 is a no-compromise truck, leading in luxury, efficiency, capability and innovation. Ram leads the full-size truck segment with significant gains in fuel efficiency through an all-new eTorque mild hybrid system in both V-6 and V-8 configurations. Overall weight for the Ram 1500 has been reduced by 225 pounds. The frame uses advanced materials and engineering to eliminate 100 pounds while increasing stiffness and durability for 12,750 pounds of towing capability and 2,300 pounds of payload. The new Uconnect 4C with a massive 12-inch touchscreen leads the pickup world with technology, featuring split-screen capability, 360-degree camera views and exclusive content from SiriusXM with 360L. Active safety and security systems join the technology onslaught with adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking and Blind-spot Monitoring.
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