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Shortly after the first 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat models were introduced to the media, a report surfaced suggesting that the 707hp Hellcat Challenger would see just 1,200 examples – a report which Dodge boss Tim Kuniskis insists is 100% inaccurate and unfounded, as the company plans on building as many Hellcat powered Chargers and Challengers as they can sell.
When I attended the first wave of the 2015 Dodge Challenger media drive in Portland Oregon, we got to meet all of the 2015 Challengers, but the main focus was on the 707 horsepower Challenger SRT Hellcat. While the representatives from the Chrysler Group, SRT and the Dodge brand talked about all of the new models – from the powerful V6 to the new R/T Scat Pack to the Hellcat Hemi – the focus of the media was on the models that offer more power than any American production car ever.
No Production Limits Mentioned at First
While at the event, the media and the folks from Dodge talked about all sorts of information on the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat including the price, specifics on the engine and the rest of the drivetrain, the performance capabilities and the unique exterior design that separates the Hellcat powered models from the rest of the 2015 Challenger lineup. What we did not discuss was any sort of production constraint…but shortly after the first few groups of journalists spent time with the Hellcat Challenger, a report from Edmunds insisted that the Hellcat models would indeed be limited production and with 1,200 units expected – the Challenger SRT Hellcat could be a tough one to get ahold of once they reach dealerships. Worse yet, low production leads to an excess of demand that would allow dealerships to send the price through the roof as prospective buyers line up to pay top dollar for one of the most powerful American production cars of all time.
Since that report surfaced, it has spread like wildfire as critics of the Hellcat Challenger have been quick to insist that it will simply become another high dollar collectable that will be purchased for well over MSRP and then stored away in a garage. Fortunately, it seems that the Edmunds report was incorrect, as Dodge brand president and CEO has made it very clear that the company has no intention of capping production.
Tim Kuniskis: No Production Limits on Hellcat Models
Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis was quick to announce at the debut of the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat that reports of the Hellcat Challenger being limited to just 1,200 units was totally incorrect. He said that with both the 707 horsepower Challenger and Charger, the company plans to build as many as they can sell so if they receive 600 orders for the Hellcat Challenger and 800 orders for the Hellcat Charger – they will build 600 Hellcat Challengers and 800 Hellcat Chargers for the 2015 model year. Along those same lines, if Dodge receives 2,500 orders for the Hellcat Challenger and 2,900 orders for the Hellcat Charger – they will built 5,400 Dodge muscle cars packing the supercharged 6.2L Hemi.
Of course, I have to point out that while the 707 horsepower Challenger and Charger are not subject to any specific production limit, there is probably a maximum capacity for the Hellcat models as the company can only build so many of the 6.2L supercharged Hemi engines in a given amount of time. Between the intricate assembly process and the high performance break-in/testing period on the dyno that every single Hellcat Hemi is subject to, this 707hp engine is one of the most time consuming and labor intensive engines in the Chrysler arsenal. Because of that, the Hemi engine plant cannot make as many Hellcat engines as they can, say, the 5.7L Hemi that is used across so many vehicles. In other words, Dodge doesn’t have a production limit in mind for the Hellcat powered Charger and Challenger, but the availability of... [Read More]
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Dodge gave us guys at the forum a Challenger for a road trip (i know...hard to believe). Check it out...
By David A Hakim
Okay, we all know the Challenger Hellcat has been buzzing for the last month all over the internet. Ever since automotive journalists and bloggers (including us) from around the globe descended on Portland International Raceway to put it through its paces two weeks ago, the LX community has been on the rev limiter. Not only did the scribes from print and digital magazines have fun beating the snot out of the 707 horsepower beast, Scat Pack Forums and our sister site, LX Forums, was also there taking turns behind the wheel of the SRT Hellcat along with an assortment of 5.7L and 6.4L HEMI powered Challengers for us to play with.
However, the Hellcat isn’t the only story the folks at Dodge have to tell, and we’re going to let you in on a little secret. Scat Pack Forums was actually one of first enthusiast outlets to spend some quality time behind the wheel of a 2015 Challenger R/T well before the coming out party for the media in Portland last month. That’s right, we were handed the keys back in early July to a 2015 Scat Pack Edition Challenger R/T with 485 horsepower provided by a 392 HEMI tucked under that quivering Shaker hood. It may not have been a Hellcat, but with 475 lb.-ft. of torque motivating us around town, we had no complaints. As a matter of fact, it was love at the first stab of the accelerator as we blasted though the gears of the new 8-Speed TorqueFlite while the Challenger inhaled massive amounts of real estate in a hurry.
Feeling a little like Kowalski from the 1971 cinematic cult classic Vanishing Point
, we went to the Performance Pages feature on the 8.4-inch Uconnect® Touchscreen. Here, we set the steering, suspension, exhaust and traction control on Sport Mode and made the Goodyear RSA rubber beg for mercy as we rolled out of the Motor City. We desperately tried to find Mountain’s Mississippi Queen
on the Sirius Satellite radio but had no luck.
Just like the old days, a broadcast sheet with a handwritten note. This will be a rare car one day.
Our specific ’15 Challenger R/T was an early built “Pilot” car (458th
’15 Challenger built) as indicated by the broadcast sheet. It left the Brampton plant in May and headed to the Motor City. When we met up with our Billet Silver Scat Pack Edition, we were pumped on the open the road, although our overflowing enthusiasm was capped with by an admonishment from Dodge telling us not to get crazy and to deliver the Challenger in one piece to the Chrysler Nationals in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
With our final destination the annual Chrysler Nationals, we were excited to come rolling in driving the newest muscle car from Dodge, as this is ground zero for any Mopar Gearhead. The vast Carlisle Fairgrounds are filled to the brim with rare and exotic machines from Chrysler’s illustrious past. With this being the 100th
anniversary of Dodge, we also found prime examples bearing the last name of John and Horace from every decade. However, before we rolled into Carlisle, we had some stops along the way to show off this powerful symbol of American muscle to the masses.
Southbound and down and yes, it still Shakes.
The first leg of the journey had us cruising the pits at Summit Racing Motorsports Park for the 8th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. Here, a wide array of race cars, ranging from production-based Stock and Super Stock categories to 10,000 horsepower nitro breathing Dragsters and Funny Cars, do
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