Video: 2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD Delivers Best of Both Worlds

For modern muscle car enthusiasts who want more all-weather traction, Dodge has the ultimate answer for you; the new 2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD. Yes, we know GT is a Mustang term. From corner carving through twisty stretches of mountain roads during the summer to those weekend snow covered ski resort getaways in the winter, the Challenger GT AWD is built to handle it everything Mother Nature can throw at it.

“Dodge is shifting the muscle car paradigm with the new 2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD– 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 AWD, we are stretching the functional and geographic boundaries even further.”

Using the same high-performance all-wheel-drive system as found in the Charger AWD, this technologically advanced system includes an active transfer case and front-axle disconnect for excellent all-season performance without hurting the wallet at the gas pumps. The GT AWD’s all-wheel-drive system seamlessly transitions between rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive with absolutely no driver intervention needed!

Under normal driving conditions, the front axle is disengaged and 100 percent of the engine’s torque is directed to the rear wheels allowing it to give you the outstanding fun-to-drive performance and handling of its RWD sibling. When the weather gets nasty outside, its equipped sensors indicate the need for additional traction and tells the system to engage the front axle giving you that extra needed traction. Enhanced with Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), VDC provides excellent traction on slippery surfaces and also helps the driver maintain the desired vehicle path. It really is the best of both worlds!

Powered by Dodge’s proven 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, it gives you 305 horsepower at 6,350 rpm and 268 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,800 rpm to blast thru that snow like a polar snowcat! Sorry V8 fans, there will be no HEMI option available for the GT AWD. If you want one, the V6 is your only option. With the standard TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, the GT AWD offers up an estimated MPG of 18 city and 27 hwy.

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2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD

The Challenger GT AWD is well equipped in the cabin with standard features such as premium Nappa leather seating, heated and ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, six Alpine speakers with 276-watt amplifier and standard paddle shifters that bring extra excitement to your driving experience with Sport mode. The exterior 19-inch aluminum wheels with Hyper Black finish and P235/55R19 BSW all-season performance tires, projector fog lamps, a deck-lid rear spoiler, ParkSense rear park assist and ParkView rear backup camera.

The 2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD has a starting U.S MSRP of $33,395 + $1,095 destination charge. With production beginning in January, GT AWD is scheduled to arrive at Dodge dealerships nationwide in the first quarter of 2017.

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Cody Krueger

Car Feature Editor – [email protected] Since the age of 4, Cody has been obsessed with everything Mopar. On Christmas of 1998, Cody's parents gave him a rusty '69 Charger shell that his father saved from a field. Cody's garage still features that '69 Charger as well as the additions of a '71 Charger R/T, '71 Super Bee, '08 Challenger SRT8 and a '12 Ram 3500. Cody can truly and proudly say that he is a true Mopar nut in love with all types of Mopars!