The new Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is one of the most formidable muscle cars on the planet. And it looks the part, too – especially with the optional satin black hood. But if you were one of the first customers to place an order for the 707-horsepower Mopar muscle car and specified the black hood on the options sheet, you may have to wait awhile.
According to members of the Hellcat.org forum cited by Car and Driver, deliveries of certain Challenger Hellcats have been delayed without explanation. When these fanatic customers started looking into the issue, they realized that all of the delayed orders shared one thing in common: they all had ordered their Dodges with that optional black hood.
Although an exact reason wasn’t specified, those who ordered the black hood on their Challenger coupes were told that delivery was being pushed back to February. But some were reportedly informed by their local dealership that things could be moved along if they switched their order to a body-colored hood instead. It’s not clear if the issue is a supplier problem, a paint booth issue at the factory, or something else entirely.
We’ve reached out to Dodge for clarification, and will update this story when we hear back.
UPDATE: Reached for comment, a Dodge spokesperson confirmed to Autoblog that the satin black hood “is not currently available for production” and that customers who ordered it “can opt to change their order to a body-color hood” or otherwise have their orders delayed until the option becomes available at a later date to be confirmed.