When Dodge introduced the Challenger SRT Super Stock, the Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye and the Durango SRT Redeye, many people thought that they were all 2021 models. The Charger and Durango are both 2021 and the Super Stock will be offered in 2021, but the 807-horsepower Challenger is actually being offered for the 2020 model year. Some people rushed to dealers to order a 2020 Challenger Super Stock and a handful of them were met with news that they didn’t expect.
These folks were told that the 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock was subject to a very limited production run. In some cases, dealerships went so far as to give prospective buyers a number of 2020 Super Stocks that will be built, with numbers ranging from around 200 to up around 400. Some of those potential customers then came to me, asking if I knew anything about a set production volume for the 2020 model year. I did not, so I reached out to FCA for more details.
As the title of this piece states, those limited production numbers are not legitimate.
The Official Word
When I reached out to Dodge, I explained that dealerships are telling potential buyers that the Challenger Super Stock is limited to a specific number. A company representative explained that “Dodge will build as many Challenger SRT Super Stocks as we can to round out the 2020 model year, and then seamlessly shift into 2021 model year production.”
In other words, there is no set production limit and dealers are simply making up a number to try to either get customers to buy more quickly, or they are trying to justify a big dealer markup. They are suggesting that the 2020 Super Stock is limited, similar to the 2018 Demon with 3,300 units or the 2021 Ram TRX Launch Edition with 702 units, but that is not the case. However, we are going to see a smaller number of 2020 Super Stocks due to the fact that 2020 production is almost complete.
Narrow Production Window
As we all know, 2020 has been an odd year with the Covid-19 pandemic. It has had a massive impact on every industry, but the automotive industry has been disrupted more than many. From design to production to sales, the automotive world came to a halt for months. That caused a long break in production of all 2020 models, which pushed back the start of 2021 production. However, the companies, including FCA, need to finish their 2020 production cycle as best they can and that includes the Challenger SRT Super Stock.
Had 2020 gone smoothly, production of the 2020 Challenger Super Stock would have likely started a bit earlier, but it did not. As a result, there will be fewer 2020 model year cars built at the end of the production cycle and, unfortunately, that means that there will be fewer Super Stock models that we would have seen in a year that is not ravaged by a global pandemic. We will see far more 807-horsepower Challengers built for the 2021 model year, but as for 2020, production numbers are sure to be lower than the company would like.
In other words, it will likely be a bit harder to get a 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock than a 2021 model, but there is no set production limit. This will likely lead dealerships to mark-up the prices, but if you are patient, the 2021 model year should bring about plenty of these cars to be purchased without concern of unintended low production numbers.
Patrick Rall is a professional writer and photographer with a passion for all things automotive. Patrick has been sharing his automotive expertise in automotive journalism from Detroit for more than a decade covering the Big Three. Having grown up in his father’s performance shop, he spent extensive time at the oval track and drag strip – both driving and wrenching on various types of vehicles. In addition to working as a writer, Patrick previously worked as an automotive technician before moving on to a business office position with a chain of dealerships, and this broad spectrum of experience in the industry allows him to offer a unique look on the automotive world. Follow Patrick on Youtube and Twitter. Find more of Patrick's stories at Torque News Dodge. Search Torque News Dodge for more Dodge Challenger and Charger coverage from our expert reporters.