Dodge: Over 5,000 Challenger Hellcats Ordered Since October

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon

Since the 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat roared at the 2014 New York Auto Show, enthusiasts have been waiting for the day the big cats would enter the showroom.

When ordering opened in October, so did the floodgates.

According to Allpar, Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis reported over 4,000 orders for the $60,000 707-horsepower musclecar were taken as soon as ordering came online, with an additional 1,000-plus entered since then.

The brand knew demand would be strong, but it had no idea it would come in hot, too; Dodge initially planned to build just 1,200 units annually. There’s also a dealer incentive to get the Challenger Hellcat into customers’ hands as soon as possible so that more can be delivered to the showroom as production moves forward.

Cameron Aubernon
Cameron Aubernon

Seattle-based writer, blogger, and photographer for many a publication. Born in Louisville. Raised in Kansas. Where I lay my head is home.

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  • JimC2 JimC2 on Nov 04, 2014

    Wow, a lot of gnashing of teeth over a few themes here. If your personal idea of the "pursuit of happiness" is a car like this, then go for it! I actually can afford one but it's not my thing. I'll still probably give you a thumbs up if I see you driving it. If it bothers you when people poke fun at the stereotype* for your favorite choice of vehicle, all I can say is grow a thicker skin and stop worry about what you think the other guy thinks of you. Sticks and stones, remember that? *No matter what that stereotype- macho man compensating for a small weewee, limp-wristed granola eater, tree hugger in comfortable shoes, metro chick magnet, cougar magnet, whatever. Get over yourself. Sheesh!

  • Cbrworm Cbrworm on Nov 05, 2014

    I would love to have the Charger version as a family sedan. But, I like to drive my cars hard, and I honestly think that having 400ft-lbs of torque at 1,200 RPM would make it a very boring car to drive at a moderately fast pace. I should test drive one though to make sure.

  • 3Deuce27 3Deuce27 on Nov 06, 2014

    The game ain't over to the fat lady sings. Ford prepares to up the anty on 2015 Mustang performance with a Roush Super Charger package for the GT offered through Ford Racing, but will it, in light of the Hellcat, migrate to a complete OEM model. At an estimated 624-640Hp, the Mustang has a power to weight advantage over the Hellcat, and it will go around corners like a cat after a mouse. Of course a Hennessey Camaro will best both of them, but a test of a the new package with some other treatments, produced a run of 10.97 when fitted with this new street friendly blower setup. At and estimated package cost of around $8,000/plus installation, the cost per HP advantage goes to the Mustang, leaving enough bucks to do additional chassis enhancements and brake work while still coming in at a lower price then a Hellcat, especially as most Hellcats will carry added cost with ADM/ADP. See more at:

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    • 3Deuce27 3Deuce27 on Nov 06, 2014

      @mason I owned an SVO and a 2000 Cobra 'R', and neither were bothered by 'washy' suspension, other Mustangs did have their handling issues and some of the late ones were quite capable in a crude sort of way. As good as they(SVO/'R') were, the new 2015 Mustang is a whole other animal when it comes to handling. And nobody 'yawns' at 600+ Hp. especially if it results in a 5.75/1 pds to Hp ratio_Mustang with Ford/Roush supercharger pkg. The Hellcat as advertised, is only...LOL! 6.5/1. LOL! cuzz nobody can laugh at that 'only' ratio of pounds to Horsepower, except F1_750Hp_2.0/1 and LMP1 drivers_2.8/1, and Hennessey Camaro drivers who have 800Hp_4.75/1 to 1,000Hp_3.8/1 Hp available. Oh! And me. My old Sevenesque has a ratio of 3.75/1 with a traction limited 2.8 seconds to 60mph. To my way of thinking, the new Kawasaki H2 is a bigger deal then a Hellcat, it will find like company with my old H1 and H2, 750 Turbo, and Hayabusa.

  • Mason Mason on Nov 06, 2014

    There is a road course that I have frequented over the years and I have ran several of my cars there. Nothing competitive, the track opens up periodically for enthusiasts to run a few solo laps.I was particularly fond of my Cobra but when pushed hard in the corners it had some less than favorible understeer. I've ran low end Porsche's, modified Supras and 280 and 300zx's on that track and they all handled better than either of my Mustangs. We're talking cars that are 2 decades older. Remember the Honda NS400R (2stroke)? I had an 85, it was a scary fast bike with a sketchy powerband in it's day.

    • 3Deuce27 3Deuce27 on Nov 06, 2014

      No argument that a lighter 'sports car' will out handle a 2-dr saloon, but Ford has majorly changed the handling capabilities with the new generation Mustang. Reg; "Remember the Honda NS400R (2stroke)?"... Yes, and I have an example of its direct competitor in my bike collection, the two-stroke, twin crank, 1987 Suzuki RG500 'Gamma' that I imported from Canada in the late 80's. They were never sold here in the US.