Well, when you find yourself behind the wheel of the 707-horsepower Dodge Charger Hellcat there is but one thing to do and that’s have some fun with it. By that we mean put the pedal to the metal, burn some rubber, and get the blood pumping.
I mean the car was built for it, right? Oh yes it was!
Also, check out the Car Pro’s Heather Tyson as she recently tried out the Dodge Charger Challenge at the Chicago Auto Show. The simulator gives driver’s a chance to test their skills around the track. Both the Charger and Challenger come with a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 with, as you know, 707-horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque.
The only fly in the ointment here, is that in mid-March Dodge suspended orders for both Hellcats because it simply can’t keep up with demand. In fact, demand is so high, some orders reportedly may not be filled for months or years. Fiat Chrysler also scolded some dealers for taking orders the automaker simply can’t fill, at least for a good long while. The Hellcat motor is the most powerful production car engine ever made by an American brand, and reportedly only shares 10 percent of its parts with the automaker’s other V8s.
The high demand has led to some huge price markups that go over the $50,000 mark. It adds up to a lot when you consider that is on top of the Dodge Charger SRT starting price of $63,995. (For a look into the dealer profit issue, check out our recent blog post Why A Dealer’s Profit Doesn’t Matter.)
However, Hellcat.org is now reporting that Dodge will build another 1,000 Hellcats and that they’re being built as fast a possible. Hellcat quotes an anonymous source. No hard numbers on how many of each will be built and when orders could potentially resume.
Dodge has built and delivered over 2,200 Hellcats since they went on sale last year, but close to 10,000 orders have been reportedly been placed with dealers across the country, and that’s twice as many as it expected to build for 2015.
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