There are some rumors drifting around about major changes coming for the 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat…
…so I wanted to address some of these rumors while offering an explanation as to why we should not count on any real changes for the 2016 model year.
When the Chrysler Group unleashed the 2015 Hellcat, having its 707 horsepower and a price that technically starts under $60,000, they probably got an excellent idea that it would succeed in the power-loving market.
However, with no car like the Hellcat Challenger in the past, combining performance and price, the company really couldn’t know how well it would sell.
At the end, it turns out that the idea to offer a muscle car that is relatively cheap, and comes with 707hp together with an excellent sedan with the same output, will lead to a huge sales rush … as the 2015 Hellcat Challenger and Charger were selling so great that the company needed to quit taking orders.
Word on the street is:
There are over 9000 of the Hellcat siblings roaring…
…which is a far higher number than the company expected.
This massive demand and interest for the Hellcat trim caused a major lack of engines, which further lead to slow production and delivery of the 707hp Challenger and Charger.
With Chrysler working so hard to fill all of the orders for the Hellcat, they haven’t had a single word to say about the 2016 model year versions, so everything which you read on the web nowadays is simply a rumor.
And with the 2015 models becoming such a hit, I personally wouldn’t expect many or any changes for the 2016 model year.
Just below, I have checked out at the rumors floating around the internet and try to explain why they are not true, along with offering up what I expect to see different for 2016.
More Hellcat Power
Rumors are that the 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat will arrive with a 721 horsepower rather than 707.
As I said, The Hellcat siblings are selling very well and with almost no real competition in key markets, simply there isn’t a reason to boost the power ratings.
It’s not really like adding 14 more horsepower will be a deciding factor for a prospective buyer.
However, after some time it has become all but official that the supercharged 6.2L Hellcat Hemi produces more than 707 horsepower and that number was just picked because it looked good on marketing material.
If the need arises, Chrysler could “recertify” the power levels of the Hellcat Hemi without really changing anything, but there is really no reason for the company to do it for 2016…
…especially with the demand so high already.
2016 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redesign
Also, there is one that the 2016 Hellcat Challenger will come restyled on the outside and this is, without a question, the most ridiculous of the rumors going around lately.
The exterior of the current Hellcat Challenger was designed to optimize cooling and aerodynamics, and the designers really achieved an impressive job of creating a car that has a look like a proper 707 horsepower muscle car. The company really invested huge amount of time developing the exterior design of the Hellcat Challenger so they are most certainly not going to change the exterior after one model year.
No 2016 Model Year Hellcat
About this rumor I can say that is a tricky one, as on one side, I can’t picture the amazing Hellcat Challenger and Charger skipping a model year, but with the company seeming to be a really long way from satisfying all those orders for the 2015 Hellcat trims, you simply have to wonder what they are going to do for 2016.
Generally, we are getting close to the time of year where production of the model year comes to an end, as the factories start retooling for the new model year.
Then again, with the 2015 Challenger Hellcat being so greatly backordered, the manufacturer will most likely need to extend 2015 production to meet the demand. If there are no changes at all for the 2016 Hellcat Challenger, the company could conceivably continue building the 2015 model year right up to the end of the calendar year…
…but that will cause problems for the launch of the 2016 models.
Although I really don’t know how Chrysler will fill all of the orders for the 2015 Hellcat Challenger and Charger, I still believe that we will see a 2016 model year version of both and they will most likely be very similar to the 2015 models – if they change at all.
Changes to Expect
Well, there is one area where I think that people will surely see some changes for the 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and 2016 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.
The color palate.
Now we have the unique and very popular bright green named Sublime for the 2015 Challenger, and I have been told by a Chrysler representative that this color will not be offered in the 2016 model year. I got that info late last year and with the insane popularity of this color, maybe the company will opt to bring it back for 2016, but still I do believe to see some color changes for 2016.
The 2015 Hellcat Challenger is limited in three bright, bold colors:
Sublime, TorRed and B5 Blue.
After that, buyers can pick from two different whites, two different blacks, two different greys and dark red.
The color palate is fine, still there are many Challenger enthusiasts that were disappointed to see a lack of a proper Hemi Orange on a car with the most powerful Hemi ever.
Also, I believe the Hellcat will be truly beautiful in Plum Crazy purple or the bright yellow
So for the 2016 model year, I totally expect to see at least one new, bright color.
New colors arriving, yes.
More power or a new look, no.
About the 2016 models let say – hopefully.