In a recent report by Chrysler news aggregate Allpar.com, “Dodge has already started producing more 707-horsepower supercharged Hemi V8 engines than they had intended to.” In speaking with Automotive News’ Larry Vellequette, Dodge leader Tim Kuniskis, conveyed that “they had sold 88,000 Dodge Chargers and Challengers, including 4,000 Hellcats. The Hellcat is not available for ordering as the factory catches up on existing demand. The 392-powered Scat Pack Challenger is also sold out, according to Dodge’s CEO.”
While the words “sold out” sound like a bad thing, the explosive demand for both the 707-horsepower Hellcat and the 485HP 392 Scat Pack Hemi-powered vehicles means that Dodge will be ramping up production of the top performance muscle cars and sedans to meet with the growing demand. Although Kuniskis remained mum as to specific production numbers Dodge was targeting for 2016, he did say that Charger Hellcat production was slowed due to existing Challenger Hellcat orders.
As per Allpar’s reporting, “It appears likely that 2016 will be a “catch up” year for the two cars, with the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk ready to take up any spare Hellcat production when the other cars’ production catches up with supply; the rumored Grand Cherokee is likely to have lower power numbers than the Challenger and Charger as engineers work on both packaging (fitting the engine systems into the hood) and refinement for the upscale SUV.”
Kuniskis also specified that each engine is thoroughly dyno tested to “verify the horsepower and torque figures, for 42 minutes,” a process which helps to break in the engines, but also slows the production process somewhat.