In the realm of problems, this is a good one to have: Dodge has had to restrict new orders of the Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcat until it can fill existing orders, because too many people want to buy the 707-horsepower cars.
That’s right, in 2015, and despite a small recall issue for a fire risk, there are so many people who want to buy a crazy-powerful American muscle car that Dodge just can’t keep up. That’s awesome.
As an FCA spokesperson told Motor Authority, “Due to unprecedented demand for the 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcats, we are temporarily restricting orders while we validate current orders that are in the system.”
You can read between the lines a little if you must, but that’s a pretty plain statement: the Hellcats are selling like hellcakes.
While we enjoy the Hellcat’s 707-horsepower verve for life as much as anyone, it looks like some may risk self-immolation. Earlier this month, FCA US recalled all 2,211 of thecars built for a potential fuel leak.
The problem relates to hose seals in the fuel delivery system. Despite a pre-delivery inspection, the hose seals “may have been improperly installed,” announced Fiat-Chrysler in a release.
Improperly installed hose seals can then allow fuel to leak, risking fire.
The recall affects all 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT coupes and all Charger SRT sedans fitted with 6.2-liter engines—in other words, the Hellcats.
Of the 2,211 recalled, FCA US estimates 2,012 are in the U.S., 148 are in Canada, 30 are in Mexico, and 21 are elsewhere around the world.