Quietly, and almost unnoticed, American carmaker Dodge introduced an all-wheel drive version of their Challenger muscle car, dubbed the Challenger GT AWD. Offering all-wheel drive for the first time, the Challenger GT AWD will be hitting the American market at US$35,000.
The Pentastar V6 under the bonnet produces a decent 227kW and 363Nm, and puts down all of that power through an eight-speed ‘TorqueFlight’ automatic gearbox. The power then goes down to all four wheels, but only some of the time; Whenever grip levels are alright, 100% of the power will go to the rear wheels.
The all-wheel drive Challenger comes solely in GT trim, which comes with goodies like an 8.4-inch touchscreen, ‘Performance Pages,’ and paddle shifters. There’s also a Sport Mode, and the whole thing sits on 19-inch alloy wheels. The car is then finished off with a bulging bonnet, LED lights all round, and a small ducktail spoiler.
For US$995 extra, you can add Nappa leather, Alcantara seats, a nine-speaker Alpine sound system, a performance steering wheel, among others. Regardless of how you spec your Challenger, the all-wheel drive drivetrain will certainly be the make-or-break feature for many buyers. Maybe this time, the Challenger will be a proper… uh, challenger, to the sales-successes of the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro.
As for us, Down Under? Yeah, we’re not going to see this anytime soon.
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