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Don’t Expect a 2016 Chrysler 300 or Jeep with the Hellcat

by Patrick Rall on

An image showing what is supposed to be a 2016 Chrysler 300 SRT Hellcat has been floating around the Internet, but there is almost no chance of seeing a Hellcat Hemi option for the 2016 Chrysler 300 sedan.

For the 2016 model year, at least, there appears to be absolutely no chance of seeing anything aside from a Challenger and Charger with a Hellcat Hemi, mainly due to supply constraints.

Though some images show what is assumed by some to be an upcoming Chrysler 300 SRT Hellcat, there is, in North America at least, not even a 392 option.

Chrysler reps have stated that there is no intention to offer an SRT 300 in the US, though they sell an SRT 392 Chrysler 300 in some foreign markets where high performance sedans sell well (see video). However, the company has always said that there were no plans to offer the Hellcat Hemi on a broad scale in non-North American markets, so these SRT 300s headed overseas are packing 392s.

Then there is the issue of demand. Dodge has stopped taking orders for the 2015 Hellcat Challenger and 2015 Hellcat Charger, with no estimate as to when they will begin taking orders again, while they cut through the 9,000 orders already sent in. Until they catch up — not expected for months — there is no chance of them adding another model to the list of vehicles that feature the 707 horsepower engine.  The company is most likely to reopen the order banks for the Charger and Challenger with the Hellcat Hemi before adding new models with that engine.

Company comments suggest there is no Hellcat 300 coming, ever, but word on the street indicates that one other vehicle will get the 707hp Hellcat Hemi — though it’s not likely to happen until the 2017 model year at best.

The good news is that recent rumors from the quiet hallways of the Auburn Hills headquarters is that there may be a 392 version of the Chrysler 300 coming to North America again, even if it’s not SRT-branded.   Thanks to “Fury413” for the video tip.

Patrick Rall was raised a Mopar boy, spending years racing a Dodge Mirada while working his way through college. After spending a few years post-college in the tax accounting field, Patrick made the jump to the world of journalism and his work has been published in magazines and websites around the world.


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