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Hellcat Charger-Challenger production soared in ’16

by Patrick Rall on

Final production numbers for the 2016 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and the 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat have been posted on the enthusiast website Hellcat.org. Assuming they are accurate, the production of the 707-horsepower Dodge cars nearly doubled from the 2015 model year.

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FCA rocked the world when they introduced not one, but two 707-horsepower production cars with the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. Some insisted that these high performance cars would only be marginally successful, but in that first model year, sales grossly outnumbered FCA’s best estimates.

The company knew that the cars would be popular – especially with their prices in the $60,000 range being well below any of the competition – but with 8,502 Hellcat cars sold that first year, the factory-supercharged Challenger and Charger were a smash success.

Dodge Charger Hellcat

However, even with those incredible sales, there were a great many people who wanted to buy a Hellcat Challenger or Charger for 2015 but could not. The massive rush for the cars led to a shortage of parts from suppliers, keeping production to “just” 8,502 in 2015.

For 2016, those production shortages were resolved, allowing the company to sell more Hellcat Challengers and Hellcat Chargers – almost twice as many.

2016 Hellcat Challenger and Charger Production Numbers
Before getting into the production numbers for the 2016 model year Hellcat Challenger and Charger, I should explain the source of this information. FCA does not break out production or sales by trimline, so while we know how many Dodge Challengers and Dodge Chargers were sold, the company doesn’t say how many had the Hellcat Hemi (or any Hemi).

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

However, the folks at Hellcat.org have an inside connection who acquired the production numbers for the Hellcat Challenger and Charger, specifically. This is the same group responsible for the 2015 Hellcat production numbers, and while these aren’t official numbers, they come from a source that is generally reliable.

For the 2016 model year, FCA built 11,995 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcats – up from 7,168 units for the 2015 model year. Within that group, 8,051 had the 8-speed automatic transmission while the other 3,944 had the 6-speed manual transmission, giving the automatic cars an advantage of roughly 2 to 1.

During the 2015 model year, in which 7,168 Hellcat Challengers were sold, the split of the two transmissions was nearly the same, so for 2016, there was a huge shift for the self-shifting gearbox.

For the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, sales were quite a bit lower than that of the 2-door sibling, but with 4,025 units sold for 2016, production of the 707 horsepower sedan more than tripled. Every Hellcat Charger had the 8-speed automatic transmission, as that is the only option with the sedan.

2015-2016 Total Hellcat Production
Provided that the numbers from Hellcat.org are correct – and I am inclined to believe that they are at least very accurate – Dodge has sold 24,522 of the Hellcat Challenger and Hellcat Charger during the first two model years. That is 24,522 Dodge muscle cars with the 707 horsepower Hellcat Hemi prowling the streets, relatively uncontested by any factory-stock production car, in just two model years.

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And to think…some people insisted that the Hellcat cars wouldn’t sell well. In reality, the Hellcat Challenger and Charger are likely two of the bestselling high performance cars in the US market, ever.

Source: Hellcat.org

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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