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Direct Connection Stage Kits For Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeyes Available In March!

Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye & Super Stock Stage Kits Will Be The First Available...

Back in November, Dodge and Mopar announced the return of the Direct Connection performance parts brand as the exclusive source of the brand’s factory-backed performance parts for the Dodge lineup. Now Dodge and Mopar are releasing new details about the program prior to its official launch.

Direct Connection Dodge Challenger SRT development vehicle (codenamed DC-170) (Dodge).

Direct Connection will launch with a full line of factory-tuned parts, including exclusive new Direct Connection “Tuner” and “Stage” kits that will allow Dodge owners to install factory-tuned, 50-state-legal stage kit calibrations. The Direct Connection Stage II kit can unlock nearly 100 additional horsepower, while a Stage III kit is under development to unlock even more.

The official launch of the Direct Connection brand will begin on Wednesday, March 9th, 2022. 

All-new Direct Connection modern performance kits will be available to upgrade the engine, suspension, and driveline of the current-era Dodge Challenger while maintaining a vehicle factory warranty when installed by a Dodge Power Brokers dealer.

Direct Connection Dodge Challenger SRT development vehicle (codenamed DC-170) (Dodge).

Direct Connection was first launched in 1974 as the exclusive source for performance parts and technical information, straight from the manufacturer. As an industry first, Direct Connection changed the game with a massive portfolio of ready-to-run performance parts sold through the dealer network with how-to performance-upgrade guides known as performance recipes. The Direct Connection hotline, catalog more armed racers, and enthusiasts with the information they desired. Whatever the performance needs – street, track, or strip – Direct Connection provided the parts and knowledge.

Mopar has since updated its Direct Connection Stage Kits Availability list…

Direct Connection Stage Kit Availability List. (Mopar).

So far the only kits available on Wednesday, March 9th, 2022, will be for the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye and SRT Super Stock models. Those kits include…

 

 

Nameplate

Model Year Stage Kit Part # Horsepower Launch Date
Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye 2019 to 2022 Redeye Pre-Stage 77072579AB 802** March
Challenger SRT Super Stock 2019 to 2022 Redeye Stage I 77072581AB 840 March
  2019 to 2022 Redeye Stage II 77072583AB 885 March
  2019 to 2022 Redeye Stage III TBD Under Development TBD

For those who are curious about what comes in each of those three stage-kits for the Hellcat Redeye and Super Stock at launch, we figured we would break it down for you.

Redeye Pre-Stage Kit – 

The Direct Connection Redeye Pre-stage Kit. (Mopar).

For 2019 to Present Dodge Challenger SRT® Hellcat Redeyes and exclusive to Direct Connection, this WiFi-enabled device allows owners to upgrade their engine calibration at the touch of a button. Simply plug in this device to the car’s OBD-II port and select the calibration associated with your purchased stage kit. Includes a handheld engine monitoring device and mounting hardware. Monitor and record performance data, 0-60, 1/4 mile, and 1/8 mile, check diagnostic codes with different gauge screens and customizable themes and colors.

Kit Includes –

  • Direct Connect Tuner Kit
  • Factory-tuned calibration for increased engine performance to 802 horsepower / 707 lb.-ft. per SAE J1349 correction factor
  • 50-state legal EO (EO #TBD)
  • Performance Air Filter
  • 180°F Performance Engine Thermostat
  • Factory-tuned calibration with 5° spark advance

Direct Connection Tuner Kit features –

  • Full-color, HD, 5-Inch touchscreen
  • Lightning-fast read/write times
  • One-Touch, easy menu navigation
  • Customizable gauge screen
  • Layouts containing up to 5 different gauge screens per layout
  • Custom color mixer to customize gauge arcs, backgrounds
  • Full data logging capability
  • Performance tests like 1/4 mile, 0-60 mph
  • WiFi Updating
  • AFM/MDS active fuel management options
  • Read and clear diagnostic trouble codes
  • Correct speedometer and adjust speed/rev limiters

Cost – $1,195 USD

Redeye Stage I Kit – 

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT HELLCAT Redeye Widebody. (Dodge).

For 2019 to Present Dodge Challenger SRT® Hellcat Redeyes, increase your engine performance to 840 horsepower at the touch of a button when used in conjunction with the Redeye Pre-Stage Kit – NO TOOLS REQUIRED. (Requires purchase of Redeye Pre-Stage Kit).

Includes high-performance calibration keycode, which unlocks factory-tuned Stage I calibration. 840 horsepower is achieved by enabling high-octane functionality via Direct Connection Tuner Kit.

Turn-key horsepower upgrade for the Challenger Hellcat Redeye –

  • Factory-tuned calibration for increased engine performance to 840 horsepower / 770 lb.-ft. per SAE
    J1349 correction factor
  • 50-state legal EO (EO # TBD)
  • Enables high-octane functionality
  • High-performance calibration keycode which unlocks Stage I calibration

Cost – $395 USD

2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody. (Dodge).

Redeye Stage II Kit – 

For 2019 to Present Dodge Challenger SRT® Hellcat Redeyes, increase engine performance to 885 horsepower at the touch of a button when used in conjunction with the Direct Connect Tuner Kit. Includes a 426 Hellephant pulley (80.5 mm / 3.17-in dia) for a 2 lb. increase of boost over stock and high-performance factory-tuned calibration. 885 horsepower is achieved by enabling high-octane functionality via Direct Connection Tuner Kit (when the high-octane mode is not engaged, performance will be 837 horsepower). Requires purchase of Redeye Pre-Stage Kit. 

Turn-key horsepower upgrade for the Challenger Hellcat Redeye –

  • Factory-tuned calibration for increased engine performance to 885 horsepower / 787 lb.-ft. per SAE J1349 correction factor
  • 50-state legal EO (EO # TBD)
  • 3.17-in 426 Hellephant Pulley
  • High-performance calibration keycode which unlocks Stage II calibration
  • Works in conjunction with high-octane functionality

Cost – $1,195 USD

Direct Connection factory-backed performance kits above will be available for online purchase starting on March 9th, via a new Direct Connection eStore. Enthusiasts will also be able to purchase a print version of the new Direct Connection performance parts catalog. The eStore will be unveiled closer to launch, so stay tuned.

Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller is a diehard Mopar enthusiast who lives and breathes all that is Mopar. The Michigander is not only a Co-Editor for MoparInsiders.com, 5thGenRams.com, and HDRams.com but an automotive photographer. He is an avid fan of offshore powerboat racing, which he travels the country to take part in.

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What about me? With tens of thousands of 5.7 Hemi owners looking for some horsepower without voiding their factory warranty, like me, the absence of a tuner kit for us is disappointing. I do know a tune can really wake up these engines and except for the cylinder deactivation feature, I see no reason to ignore us 5.7 guys.
Maybe a kit is in the works. Maybe someone is listening. I hope so because more power is a Mopar thing. More power please.

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What about me? With tens of thousands of 5.7 Hemi owners looking for some horsepower without voiding their factory warranty, like me, the absence of a tuner kit for us is disappointing. I do know a tune can really wake up these engines and except for the cylinder deactivation feature, I see no reason to ignore us 5.7 guys.
Maybe a kit is in the works. Maybe someone is listening. I hope so because more power is a Mopar thing. More power please.

I’m pretty sure they have had 5.7 upgrade kits for years that will basically make it a scat pack ..from the factory.

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