The 2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD has officially broken cover, making Dodge the first American automaker to offer an all-wheel drive version of its pony car segment entry.
The Challenger GT AWD features the same all-wheel drive system and active transfer case as the all-wheel drive Dodge Charger. The system features front axle disconnect, allowing for seamless transition between rear- and all-wheel drive with no driver intervention required. Under normal driving conditions, the front axle is disengaged and 100 percent of the engine’s torque is directed to the rear wheels, Dodge says.
Dodge’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission makes for the sole powertrain combo offered with all-wheel drive versions of the Challenger. According to EPA estimates, fuel economy will come in at around 18 MPG city and 27 MPG highway. For comparison’s sake, rear-wheel drive Challengers equipped with the 3.6-liter V6 and eight-speed automatic return an EPA estimated 19 MPG city and 30 MPG highway.
The all-wheel drive system is complimented by Dodge’s Vehicle Dynamic Control system, which uses torque vectoring to help to maximize traction on snow and ice. A special ‘Sport’ mode is also standard and instructs the car to hold onto gears longer, sharpen the throttle response and a implement performance shifting mode. Die-cast steering wheel paddle shifters maximize the sporty look and feel.
A ‘Super Track Pak’ button is also standard and brings up the Dodge Performance Pages on the 8.4-inch touchscreen. These pages offer up performance info such as reaction times, 0-60 times, G-force readings and lap times. The touchscreen is also joined by a 7-inch TFT digital gauge cluster, which can also display information seen in the Performance Pages.
Challenger GT AWDs will come equipped with 19-inch hyper black wheels, all-season tires, projector fog laps, a rear deck-lid spoiler, rear park sensors, a rear backup camera, an Alpine six-speaker audio system and Apple Carplay and Android auto. Optional amenities are lumped in with a $995 ‘GT Interior Package’ which adds Nappa leather and suede seating, a nine-speaker Alpine audio system and a Dodge performance steering wheel.
Dodge Challenger GT AWD production will start in January 2017, with vehicles arriving at dealers by the first quarter of 2017. Pricing will start at $33,395 plus $1,095 in destination.