Chrysler Teases GT AWD Dodge Challenger Ahead of SEMA


We’re literally a week away from SEMA (Speed Equipment Manufacturing Association) Show. Y’know, the biggest automotive aftermarket show in the industry that literally overtakes the Las Vegas Convention Center year after year. And being so close to the big day, manufacturers are letting loose a bunch of teasers to get you all excited.

Although Chrysler leaked four teaser pictures of its specially-prepped SEMA cars, we’ll spend the majority of our focus on one. But before then, we’ll only mention the modified Dodge Ram Rebel, a sharply-dressed Chrysler 300, and what appears to be the lower quarter of a modified Fiat 500 (presumably). But now for the one everyone seems to be talking about: the white-gray-and-orange GT AWD Challenger.

Yup, you read that right “AWD” on a Challenger. Can you imagine handling an all-wheel-drive Challenger? Sounds like a rally car ready to happen from the factory, to us! Of course, all-wheel-drive has been an option for the Challenger’s platform cousins, the Chrysler 300, Dodge Magnum and Dodge Charger, but only the 300 has remained available as an AWD option for V6 models, but not its 5.7L Hemi V8.

Although it is incredibly unlikely that the GT AWD will feature anything more than the standard 5.7L Hemi, a 392 SRT or even *gasp* a Hellcat would be ridiculous fun. We know FCA engineers are tooling on a AWD Hellcat-powered Trackhawk Grand Cherokee SRT, but are doubtful such technology will find its way to into the LX-based sedans and coupe.

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Kevin Shaw

Editor-in-Chief – Kevin Shaw is a decade-long powersports and automotive journalist whose love for things that go too fast has led him to launching Mopar Connection Magazine. Almost always found with stained hands and dirt under his fingernails, Kevin has an eye for the technical while keeping a eye out for beautiful photography and a great story. He's also the co-author of "The Chrysler B-Body Restoration Guide."

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