Hellcat Halted

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Don’t panic—the production of the Dodge Hellcat Charger and Challenger was not halted due to a lack of sales. In fact, Dodge stated in its blog this week it’s no longer taking orders for the 707hp muscle car because it’s too behind on orders.

According to an article from Road and Track, about 2,200 cars have been delivered worldwide—which includes both the 2-door Challenger and the 4-door Charger. More than 9,000 orders have been placed in recent months for the extreme muscle cars.

Fiat Chrysler, which owns Dodge and the SRT division has warned potential customers that certain dealerships have been accepting deposits for the Hellcat without actually having permission from Dodge to do so. Dealerships have been allocated one Hellcat per month. Dealerships must also pay a fine if an unsold Hellcat sits on the lot for more than five days. There have been reports that some dealerships have accepted $5,000 non-refundable deposits on cars they cannot fulfill the order for.

It is unclear how long production will be halted, but one would assume that Dodge will take advantage of the increased demand and hold off on new orders until others have been filled. With demand so strong, and no new orders being taken, it will be interesting to see what will happen to the value of already delivered Hellcats.

The Hellcat Challenger comes with a reasonable base price of $59,995 and the 4-door Charger starts at $63,995. Both vehicles get their power from a supercharged 6.2L V8 engine that makes an astonishing 707hp. For the price, there may not be a better, more powerful car out there. A new Lamborghini Aventador packs 700hp and has a starting price of almost $500,000; although both cars offer different types of extremes.

The Charger wears the crown when it comes to the world of powerful sedans, which has been an increasingly popular market. The car holds a record-setting top speed for a sedan of a blistering fast 204 mph (yes, it’s been proven) and holds the record for the fastest quarter mile by a sedan at 11 seconds.

The Challenger has a top speed of a very fast 199 mph, a 0-60mph in the low three-second range and runs a 10.8 second quarter mile. Surprisingly, the car manages to get 22 mpg despite the massive power output.

To allow for easier daily driving, the Hellcat models come with two different key fobs. One key fob restricts the engines power output to “just” 500hp, while the second key will unleash all 707hp.

According to CNN, Challenger sales are up 60%, while Charger sales have increased 23% for January and February. This leads me to believe Dodge has won the battle of the revival of the muscle cars between Dodge, Ford and Chevrolet. Although successful, sales numbers for the Mustang and Camaro don’t come close to matching that of the Hellcat. Also consider the fact that the Hellcat models are the fastest production muscle cars in the world right now for a very reasonable price. Will Chevy and Ford catch up? Will the Hellcat model duo have any competition in the near future? Only time will tell.

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Motivation Monday: Made in America

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IMG_0197It’s Motivation Monday yet again. Check out this beautiful Dodge Viper. Absolutely love the color, and of course the exhaust note! Although Vipers are known too not handle to well, they sure do look stunning! A proud, true supercar made right here in the USA!

Stay tuned for a new article coming soon! Be sure to follow along on Twitter @CarZachdotCom! Feel free to share your thoughts!

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Super Bowl, Super Car Ads: The Best & Worst

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With millions of people tuned into the Super Bowl last night, companies felt pressure to deliver their very best. I mean you wouldn’t want to waste $4,000,000 on a bad ad right? One of the first commercials that really caught my attention was for Maserati. Now, there is a company that you never see commercials for, and I really think they did an amazing job. I’m not here to analyze marketing strategies but seeing, and hearing that new Maserati Ghibli roar was truly great. I also thought that Volkswagen did an excellent job with their “wings” commercial making a very clever reference to the all-time classic movie It’s A Wonderful Life. Coming back to American auto-makers, Chevy’s commercial did nothing for me. It didn’t make me want to go research cars that Chevy offers. Show-casing the Silverado and not the Stingray Corvette was a mistake. Ford did a decent job with some commercials advertising the Fusion, but again, who wouldn’t love to hear and see a 2005 Ford GT, or even a Mustang, to capture the audience. I thought Chrysler had a great commercial with Bob Dylan being their spokesmen. Show casing the stunning new 200, I thought Chrysler did a great job at capturing the audience and of course emphasizing the Made in America slogan. Over to Hyundai, I thought their ad was a bit interesting, but, overall stupid and the Elantra simply just looked plain and cheap. Now that Jaguar commercial was great, seeing and hearing that F-Type Coupe was pure music and they showcased the car in a sexy, professional and fun way. I thought Toyota had a good idea using the Muppets but it really didn’t speak to the audience about why we should buy their cars. Overall, I thought the car world dominated the commercial scene. I was dissapointed with the lack of advertising from some main brand companies such as Ford, Dodge, Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Lexus just to name a few. Enjoy what I thought were the overall best car ads below! Feel free to share your opinions!

Maserati Super Bowl Ad