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I’ve been looking at used hellcats,red eyes etc...I know what a redeye is, and that it’s a cut above a base hellcat if there’s such a thing...
I just want to know what’s the difference between the first yr hellcats, 2015-2016 and say 2017-2021 is there any huge difference in the hellcat, ?
engine updates , electronic improvements, ? Performance enhancements the earlier ones didn’t have...
as I want to have either a line lock,or a trans brake ,as I’m a DVET crippled and have to have hand controls , it drives me nuts that even in my twin turbo truck I can’t bring the boast up off the line,or do burn outs.. although it’s still fast but you get the point..I know a hellcat will still haul butt off idle but I’d still like to be able to launch it around 2500 or so once in a while ! or do a burn out..
any info I’d appreciate...thanks also any options worth getting or passing on,?
 

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Electric steering came out on challenger Hellcats in 2018, also the wide body was offered with "performance suspension" 2019 Challenger Hellcats came with 717 HP. The Demon has 808+HP and a trans brake. The 2021 Challenger Super Stock has 807 HP and all the drag race goodies like the Demon minus the trans brake. I believe all Hellcats since 2015 are capable of completely disabling traction control by holding down the TC button for 7 seconds. In 2019 the Redeye came with the intercooler chiller and a line lock for burnouts. I think line lock is standard on all 2019+ models. That's what I remember off the top of my head. Good luck! You won't regret having a Hellcat I promise you that! Thank you for your sevice.
 

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Modifying the older Hellcats already have much Tuning information which makes it easier because there are known builds and parts for go Fassst fun.
The newer ones come with more HP which is good and there are parts and Tuninh available.
It's more about how you want to modify for the ET or HP you want.

Having an experienced Tuner for Hemis is always a #1 thought !

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You can add line lock to a 2015 with a taser.
The power steering vs electric steering has no relevance that I have seen. Sc bearing issues in the early models. Thats about it. If you don't plan on modding, and budget is not an issue, just buy a redeye wb and enjoy.
 
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You can add line lock to a 2015 with a taser.
The power steering vs electric steering has no relevance that I have seen. Sc bearing issues in the early models. Thats about it. If you don't plan on modding, and budget is not an issue, just buy a redeye wb and enjoy.
Electric steering is A: adjustable for weight (3 settings) and B: does not scavenge power from the engine via a belt driven hydraulic pump. I would call that a relevant improvement.
 

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Price a 2015 and a 2020, irrelevant for what his uses are of the car anyways, just like I said.
 
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Price a 2015 and a 2020, irrelevant for what his uses are of the car anyways, just like I said.
You're right. I digress, when OP asked about differences and improvements of later models, that I even bothered to include electric steering when offered in 2018 was rediculos. Why would a disabled vet who drives with hand controls even be remotely interested in being able to chose how light or heavy the steering feels on his Hellcat? I'm such an ASS for including subject matter that "isn't relevant" for OP's uses...shame on me.
 

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2015/16 uses a MAF sensor, 2017+ uses Speed Density.
EPS as mentioned above for 2018+.
2017+ (or possibly 2018+) has apple car play etc, and uses different Uconnect hardware, most say not as reliable with more glitches. Not a lot of 2017s made
More wheel offerings with 2017+
I think 2019+ went to 717hp for HC
Thats all I can remember at the moment
 
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Only Demon and Widebody had electric power steering in 2018, standard body cars still had hydraulic. For 2019, all Challengers finally went electric.


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You can add line lock to a 2015 with a taser.
The power steering vs electric steering has no relevance that I have seen. Sc bearing issues in the early models. Thats about it. If you don't plan on modding, and budget is not an issue, just buy a redeye wb and enjoy.
I agree with above, buy a Redeye if your budget allows and an automatic is your preference. I just recently tore my engine down to bare block. There are a few internal engines differences not divulged in all 2018+ models the prior years do not have which are important such as better rod bolts. Increased oiling to the valve train, better liters, a modified oil pump for a bit more volume to keep up with larger oil feed orfices in 2018+ head gaskets, different bearings in the supercharger, stronger axles and drive shafts, Steering wheel SRT emblem is illuminated. And a few others that warrant buying a 2018 at minimum or a upgraded older one.
 

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If I had to recommend, I would argue 2019+ over any older models, unless you just literally have an amazing deal fall into your lap. I do highly recommend the Redeye :D
 

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Only Demon and Widebody had electric power steering in 2018, standard body cars still had hydraulic. For 2019, all Challengers finally went electric.


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What car had a widebody besides the demon in 2018? :unsure:
 

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What car had a widebody besides the demon in 2018? :unsure:
All Challenger Hellcats were offered in WB starting in 2018. It’s also the only WB Hellcat with the old hood. One year only.

If warranty is a concern and op wants line lock, factory line lock began in 2019 (other than Demon).
 
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What car had a widebody besides the demon in 2018? :unsure:
Hellcats had a $6k Widebody option (3.5" wider track front and rear) first offered in 2018. It Included 11" wide x 20" forged alloy rims with 305 series tires all around, Demon axels and driveshaft, wide body quarter panels and flairs, electric steering, and "performance suspension" (Worth every penny)
 

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Geezz Wizzz, I own an old 2016 Cat....poor ol thing is an antique now..........:cry:
That will still do 200mph:p
My 2018 seems long in the tooth now as well...
 

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2019 brought in the de-spec'd option. More base model in it's design (less power bloat) and lighter out of the gate than previous years with "standard options" With a little additional weight reduction you can get a zero option Super Stock down to sub-4100 lbs race weight.

The SAE figures on the 2019+ HCs is significantly higher.


However the earlier cars have more aggressive tunes and are less sensitive to high intake air temps.

I believe the 2018+ engines have revised (better flowing) blower ports and a different (milder) camshaft too in order to accommodate the addition of the Trackhawk.

2019+ has a better air intake.
 

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I’ve been looking at used hellcats,red eyes etc...I know what a redeye is, and that it’s a cut above a base hellcat if there’s such a thing...
I just want to know what’s the difference between the first yr hellcats, 2015-2016 and say 2017-2021 is there any huge difference in the hellcat, ?
engine updates , electronic improvements, ? Performance enhancements the earlier ones didn’t have...
as I want to have either a line lock,or a trans brake ,as I’m a DVET crippled and have to have hand controls , it drives me nuts that even in my twin turbo truck I can’t bring the boast up off the line,or do burn outs.. although it’s still fast but you get the point..I know a hellcat will still haul butt off idle but I’d still like to be able to launch it around 2500 or so once in a while ! or do a burn out..
any info I’d appreciate...thanks also any options worth getting or passing on,?
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