Published: Fri, December 09, 2016
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Dodge Challenger GT all-wheel-drive model debuts

Dodge has confirmed it will offer the option of all-wheel drive on the 2017 Challenger GT.

The good news? This means you can enjoy muscle vehicle thrills year-round.

The all-wheel drive model is named Challenger GT, and it's exclusively available with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that delivers 305 horsepower at 6,350 rpm and 268 pound-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm.

The new all-wheel-drive coupe will go on sale in the first quarter of 2017. It shares its awd system, which has an active transfer case and front-axle disconnect, with the Charger AWD. Under normal driving conditions, the front axle decouples to allow 100 percent of power to flow rearward. The V-8s normally offered on the Challenger are not offered with AWD, sadly.

The Challenger GT will get up to an EPA-estimated 18 city/27 highway miles per gallon, the company said. Sending the aforementioned power to all four wheels is the TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission.

A "Super Track Pak" button is also standard and brings up the Dodge Performance Pages on the 8.4-inch touchscreen.

In the U.S. the Dodge Challenger GT AWD costs $34,990 (A$45,800). The GT will also feature three-mode ESC with a full-off mode, which means excellent snow donuts.

For the exterior, only a small "GT" badge denotes that this is the AWD model. Other safety tech present include the ParkSense rear park assist and the ParkView reverse camera. It gets the heritage muscle vehicle front split grill, power bulge hood, LED headlights and taillights, 19-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in BSW 235/55/R19 tires and a decklid spoiler. In terms of convenience and comfort, the GT gets nappa leather, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, an 8.4-inch Uconnect display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 276-watt Alpine stereo with six speakers, metal-trimmed pedals, and a universal garage-door opener. Priced at $995, it adds performance seats upholstered in an elegant combination of leather and Alcantara, a nine-speaker Alpine audio system, and a performance steering wheel.

Production of the 2017 Dodge Challenger GT will begin in January and will arrive in United States dealerships by Q1 of next year.

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