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Dodge Adding 1,000 Hellcats to Production Schedule


Good News for Those on Waiting List

To say that Dodge executives underestimated the popularity of the new 707-horsepower Challenger and Charger Hellcat is a bit of an understatement. Thousands of orders poured in once the vehicles were announced, creating a backlog that is still in existence after several months. The resulting unhappiness resulted in Dodge putting a limit of only 12 Hellcat sales per dealership, per year as it fights to fill already submitted orders. Visit Chapman Dodge Las Vegas to see if they have already sold their quota.

Dodge recently announced that production plans have increased by 1,000 units as it gears up to keep customers satisfied. Orders are on hold until all previous sales are filled. Dodge isn’t releasing any figures, but Internet estimates guess that the company has filled a little more than 3,000 of the 9,000 vehicles in the order queue.

A Beast in Waiting

It’s easy enough to spot someone who has already received their Hellcat; the car is usually obscured by a cloud of smoke from lighting up the back tires. When parked, the Hellcat looks pretty much like any other Challenger or Charger. It’s when the light hits green that this powerful pony car shows why so many people are waiting so long for a chance in the driver’s seat. Anything more than applying half throttle will rip the rear tires from the wheels, so it’s important to use some discretion when driving something with this much horsepower. It takes just nine seconds to hit 100 mph on the way to a quarter-mile best time of 11.2 seconds. Available launch control helps you avoid wheel spin at the start, but negatively affects your overall time.

Other Options Available

Do you really need 707 horsepower? If the answer to that question is no, you might consider the Challenger HEMI Scat Pack Shaker that not only produces 392 horses, but is usually available to drive off the lot at Chapman Dodge Las Vegas, your Las Vegas Dodge dealership. The Shaker is also nearly $20,000 less expensive than the Hellcat even though it has a 6.4-liter V8SRT HEMI engine, 20-inch polished aluminum wheels and creature comforts like leather seats. There are a number of models of both the Challenger and Charger that provide an exhilarating driving experience available for purchase now, including the SRT 392, R/T Scat Pack and R/T Plus Shaker.

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