We mentioned earlier in the year that Dodge’s new 707-hp 2015 Challenger and Charger models were amongst the cars that we were most excited about in 2015, and it certainly appears that many, many consumers share our enthusiasm.
If you were hoping to get one of these American-built powerhouses in the next few months, you might be out of luck, as the demand for the cars has been so high that Dodge has closed orders on the new Charger and Challenger Hellcats until August.
Chrysler (Dodge’s parent company) recently released a statement that dealers were ordering the cars at a rate which exceeded the company’s supply of completed vehicles, and in many cases, dealers have ordered more of the cars than the company can even deliver.
Chrysler only anticipated building about 5,000 of the vehicles this year, and only about 2,000 of the models have been produced; however, order totals have already exceeded 9,000 Hellcat-equipped Chargers and Challengers, creating a major (no pun intended) challenge for the brand.
It remains to be seen how much Chrysler can increase production of the cars to deal with the enormous demand, but for the time being, dealers and consumers alike must simply wait.
Currently, Dodge is only sending a maximum of one of the cars per month to dealerships in order to combat the widespread demand. This will allow the vehicles to be more available across the country, but at the same time, it makes it very hard to get a Hellcat Charger or Challenger from your local dealership.
The good news to come out of this for Dodge, of course, is the fact that they have produced a much-desired vehicle, even while the Hellcat models have yet to prove their worth on the consumer stage in any meaningful way.
In any case, it has been quite an impressive initial showing for the Hellcat models. Hopefully the company can find a way to meet the demand for their exciting new vehicles.