An all-wheel drive Challenger has been on the cards for a while (we first saw the concept at Sema last year) and now, Dodge has revealed the Challenger GT with, yep, all-wheel drive. That makes it the first American muscle coupé to feature all four wheels digging in to provide extra grip.
The new model will only be available with a 3.6-litre V6 mated to an eight-speed automatic producing 305 horsepower at 6,350 and 336Nm of torque at 4,800 rpm. Some might be disappointed to learn it won’t come with a V8 which would have given it more grunt, but when compared to similar models such as the A5, the Challenger has far more power than the Audi. As for the all-wheel drive system, the setup is the same as the existing Dodge Charger AWD featuring an active transfer case with front-axle disconnect meaning all the power will go to the rear wheels unless the road conditions call for more grip. The exterior doesn’t look much different to the others in the lineup – only a small "GT" badge denotes that this is the AWD model (it has 19in wheels with all-season performance tyres, a subtle rear spoiler and fog lights) - but the interior packs heated seats (wrapped in Nappa leather) and steering wheel, ideal for the winter season. It also gets an 8.4in infotainment system, reversing camera and nine-speaker stereo.
“Dodge is shifting the muscle car paradigm with the new 2017 Dodge Challenger GT – the world’s first and only all-wheel-drive American muscle coupé,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “The Challenger has always been the most wide-ranging and functional muscle coupé, and now, with the new 305-horsepower all-wheel-drive Challenger GT, we are stretching the functional and geographic boundaries even further.” Production is scheduled to begin in January 2017.