All Wheel Drive Dodge Challenger is Official, From Concept to Production
The All Wheel Drive Dodge Challenger was originally introduced at the 2015 SEMA Show, Dodge unveiled the new GT AWD concept. Now Dodge has put into production it’s first all-wheel-drive muscle car version – called the GT AWD – as a way of keeping up interest on an aging model until a redesigned model comes to market. The current generation Challenger, which has been with us since 2008, will now get the same all-wheel-drive system used in the Charger. The all-wheel drive 2017 Dodge Challenger GT — powered by a 305 horsepower Pentastar V6 and 8-speed automatic transmission — features an active transfer case and front-axle-disconnect.
“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 coupe,” 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 coupe, and now, with the new 305-horsepower all-wheel-drive Challenger GT, we are stretching the functional and geographic boundaries even further.”
With its active transfer case, the Challenger GT seamlessly transitions between rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive with no driver intervention. Under normal driving conditions, the front axle is disengaged and 100 percent of the engine’s torque is directed to the rear wheels. This preserves the outstanding fun-to-drive performance and handling characteristics inherent to rear-wheel-drive vehicles. When sensors indicate the need for additional traction, the system automatically engages the front axle, instantly transitioning Challenger GT into all-wheel drive mode.
The Challenger is one of Dodge’s most popular vehicles, but it’s RWD system limits consumers that live in areas with ever changing weather patterns, from truly enjoying this vehicle year round. By using the Pentastar V6, Dodge figured how to keep the rubber planted on the road and make it affordable to the consumer.
Production of the 2017 Challenger GT is scheduled to begin next January and become available in the dealerships the first quarter of 2017. Suggested MSRP is $33,395 plus the $1,095 destination charge.