Back in 2015, Dodge brought an all-wheel drive Challenger to SEMA. Apparently, the automaker must have lost the technical drawings or something, because it took the company upward of a year to bring it to production.
The 2017 Dodge Challenger GT touts itself as the first two-door American muscle car (lots of qualifiers, there) to sport all-wheel drive. Now, you won't need to mothball the Chally for the winter -- just slap on some snow tires and drive to your heart's content. Under normal driving conditions, the front axle decouples to allow 100 percent of power to flow rearward.
This is the Dodge Challenger GT, not that you can tell.
The Challenger GT is more than just an extra set of driven wheels. Your hard-earned money also gets you fog lamps, rear parking sensors, a backup camera, Nappa leather seating, heated and ventilated front seats, a six-speaker audio system.
The Challenger GT comes standard with Nappa leather seating, heated and ventilated seats, rear parking sensors and the 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Also standard is the Uconnect infotainment system on an 8.4-inch screen, and it packs both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The GT also includes the Super Track Pak button, which lets you fiddle with features like launch control and a whole bunch of information like G-forces, 0-60 times and lap times.
If you want to get even fancier, there's a $995 GT Interior Package. That adds performance seats with both Nappa leather and Alcantara suede, a nine-speaker Alpine audio system with a subwoofer and Dodge's performance steering wheel.
I've saved the worst part for last -- you cannot mix all-wheel drive and Dodge's V8 lineup. Opt for four driven wheels, and you're stuck with the 305-horsepower, 268-pound-foot, 3.6-liter V6. The Pentastar is a fine engine, but those of you wishing for an AWD Hellcat might have to wait a little longer...or forever. Dodge didn't say.
The 2017 Dodge Challenger GT will go on sale in the first quarter of 2017, just in time for the snow to melt. Its starting price is set at $33,395, which represents a $6,400 premium over the base Challenger SXT.
No AWD Hellcat for you! For now, at least.
Fuel Gasoline Fuel
MPG 23 MPG
Engine V6 Cylinder Engine
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Transmission 8-Speed A/T, Transmission w/Dual Shift Mode, A/T
Body style Coupes
BRAKING & HANDLING
Brakes 4-Wheel Disc Brakes, ABS
Steering Power Steering
Tires Tire Pressure Monitor
Wheels Aluminum Wheels
Audio Smart Device Integration, Auxiliary Audio Input, AM/FM Stereo, MP3 Player
Locks Keyless Entry, Power Door Locks
Mirrors Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror, Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror, Passenger Vanity Mirror, Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror, Driver Vanity Mirror, Power Mirror(s), Heated Mirrors
Tech Leather Steering Wheel, Cruise Control, Keyless Start, Adjustable Steering Wheel, Bluetooth Connection, Security System, Trip Computer, Engine Immobilizer, Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers, Intermittent Wipers, Automatic Headlights, Steering Wheel Audio Controls
Safety Features Traction Control, Stability Control, Brake Assist, Daytime Running Lights
Air Bags Front Side Air Bag, Front Head Air Bag, Rear Head Air Bag, Knee Air Bag, Passenger Air Bag, Driver Air Bag
Air Conditioning A/C, Climate Control, Multi-Zone A/C
Seat Trim Cloth Seats
Windows Power Windows, Rear Defrost
Seats Power Driver Seat, Driver Adjustable Lumbar, Pass-Through Rear Seat, Rear Bench Seat, Bucket Seats
Wheelbase (in) 116.2 in
Length,Overall (in) 197.9 in
Height,Overall (in) 57.5 in
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3894 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.5
Spare Tire Size Compact
EPA Classification Mid-Size Cars
The $995 GT Interior package adds sportier seats with Alcantara suede inserts, a nine-speaker Alpine audio system and Dodge's performance steering wheel.
Sadly, the only available engine is the 3.6-liter, 305-horsepower V6.
The 2017 Dodge Challenger GT will go on sale in the first quarter of 2017, and its starting price is set at $33,395.