Unprecedented demand for the hugely powerful Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcat versions has put production levels well behind the order book.
With more than 9000 orders taken for the 707hp American muscle cars, and only 2200 actually delivered, Dodge has decided to suspend any further orders until supply catches up.
As we reported last week, demand for the Hellcats is around the company’s expectations. Prior to production commencing, sources told Allparnews.com that Dodge only planned on building around 5000 of the customised Hellcat engines per year.
Apart from the unique powertrains, the cars also have many other exclusive parts, which have exacerbated the production backlog.
According to the report, order-taking in its domestic market isn’t likely to resume until August, though there is no word as to Fiat Chrysler lifting the production volumes or if they will add a Hellcat version to the Grand Cherokee line-up that would sit above the SRT model.
CarAdvice has extensively tested the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and SRT8 Challenger version in the United States and can attest to its ‘must have’ status for any North American performance-car enthusiast.
With 707hp and 650 pound-feet (527kW & 880Nm) on tap, the $65,290 (in the US) super-sedan is capable of rocketing from 0-100km/h in around 3.8 seconds, while doubling as a perfectly practical four-door family chariot, complete with excellent rear legroom and a comfortable ride.