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Hellcat's A Poppin': Dodge Doubles Production of 707-HP Muscle Car

The new 707-horsepower Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is proving so popular that the company is doubling the production output for 2016.
Image: Chrysler Group LLC 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT
The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT with Hellcat HEMI V-8 engine is rated at 707 hp.Chrysler Group LLC/ PR NEWSWIRE via AP
/ Source: The Detroit Bureau

Apparently the folks at Dodge have a tiger by the tail, or more specifically: a Hellcat. The new 707-horsepower models are proving to be so popular, the company is doubling the production output for 2016.

The brand announced Tuesday that it would fulfill all scheduled orders of the 2015 Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcat models; however, anything that had not been scheduled is officially canceled and buyers will receive discounts on a 2016 Hellcat model if they re-order.

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“We could not have asked for a more enthusiastic response to the Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcats – it was absolutely unprecedented, but then again, these 707-horsepower muscle cars are unprecedented,” said Tim Kuniskis, president and CEO, Dodge and SRT brands with FCA US.

The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT with Hellcat HEMI V-8 engine is rated at 707 hp.Chrysler Group LLC/ PR NEWSWIRE via AP

“To meet this demand, we are more than doubling our SRT Hellcat production for 2016 and simplifying the process to make it easier for our enthusiasts to get their hands on the hottest muscle cars in history.”

The company's Brampton, Ontario, plant is adding production to meet the demand for the Hellcat.

When the original version for the Challenger was release early this year, it created a huge buzz and red keys were flying out of dealerships. Dodge and SRT received more than 4,500 orders for the new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat in just the first five days after orders opened in September 2014.

It was so successful that Dodge created a four-door version with the Charger. However, the demand kept coming and the maker’s plant in Brampton, Ontario, has been swamped.

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When it came out, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat was the fastest, most powerful muscle car ever, powered by a supercharged HEMI Hellcat 6.2-liter V-8 engine putting the aforementioned 707 hp and 650 lb.-ft. of torque. It was certified by the National Hot Rod Association with a quarter-mile time of 11.2 seconds with stock Pirelli P Zero tires. With drag radials, the quarter-mile run dropped to just 10.8 seconds, the brand said.

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Upgraded for 2016, the Challenger SRT Hellcat now features standard ultra-premium Laguna Leather interior appointments, Uconnect 8.4AN with navigation, HD radio and five years of SiriusXM Travel Link and SiriusXM Traffic.

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