What you’re looking at is really rather special — this Challenger GT is the first American muscle coupé to feature all-wheel drive!
An all-wheel drive variant was first seen at Sema last year and now it’s here with all four wheels kicking up a storm, as the photos prove. Powered by a 3.6-litre V6 mated to an eight-speed automatic, the Challenger will make 305 horsepower at 6,350rpm and 336Nm of torque at 4,800rpm. Sadly, it won’t be coming with a V8 — not that the sixer is lacking power; it has more grunt than similar models, such as the Audi A5.
What about the all-wheel drive system? Well, it is the same set-up as the one the Dodge Charger AWD uses and features an active transfer case with front-axle disconnect. This means all the power will be directed to the rear wheels in normal driving conditions but when the road gets tricky the front wheels will be called into action to give the Dodge more grip.
So, how can you tell this one apart from the rest of the line-up? Well, if it isn’t mucking about on gravel, it’d be hard but a closer look reveals a small GT badge on the fender and this denotes it’s the AWD model. It also gets a pair of fog lights, tiny rear spoiler, and rides on 19in wheels shod with all-season tyres.
A little more effort has been put into the cabin, which gets heated seats wrapped in Nappa leather and a heated steering wheel, which will come in handy in the colder months. On the tech front, there’s 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.”