The Dodge Challenger Hellcat is screeching out of lots and showrooms all over so quickly that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has had to step on the brakes and stop taking orders for the popular retro-styled muscle car.
About 2,200 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger Hellcats can be found prowling the streets, but about 9,000 more have been ordered. While Fiat Chrysler Automobiles tries to figure out how to put the pedal to the metal to get these performance cars out to buyers, it has also stopped making the Charger Hellcat. The Charger version is simply a four-door sedan version of its sportier sibling, the Challenger.
The Charger has the same powerful engine as the Challenger version. The sexy Challenger has a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine, which translates to “being the most powerful regular production muscle car ever made,” according to CNN Money. However, the car gets 22 miles per gallon in highway driving. Two color-coded key fobs allow the driver to choose between using 500 horsepower or all 7o7 horsepower.
According to CNN Money, Fiat Chrysler issued a statement warning buyers that some Dodge dealers could possibly be taking orders for Dodge Challenger Hellcats that would never be delivered, since each dealer is only allowed a certain number of Hellcats to sell. Fiat Chrysler apparently heard stories that some sneaky dealers were taking cash deposits for more than the number of Hellcats they were allotted to sell.
It has been reported that some dealers have taken as many as “hundreds” of orders for Hellcats, even though U.S. dealers typically only receive about one Hellcat per month. Market Watch reported some dealers asked for nonrefundable deposits, up to $5,000, for the hot muscle cars built in Brampton, Ontario.
While Fiat Chrysler takes some time out from taking orders for its popular Dodge Challenger performance cars to figure out which dealers should have which cars and how to handle excessive orders, people can only wonder when ordering of the cars will begin again. According to Market Watch, orders are expected to resume in August.
Fiat Chrysler said in a statement were vague in its temporary ban on sales of the Hellcat.
“Due to unprecedented demand for the 2015 Dodge Charger and Callenger SRT Hellcats, we are temporarily restricting orders while we validate current orders that are in the system.”
Dealers may face legal action for taking orders they knew could not be filled. Fiat Chrysler’s U.S. spokesperson, Gualberto Ranieri, was careful to criticize “a handful” of dealers who knowingly engaged in “unscrupulous” dealings when they took orders for the Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcat vehicles when the cars were unavailable.
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