2017 Dodge Challenger GT
Dodge has unveiled the new 2017 Dodge Challenger GT. The big news is it features an all-wheel drive (AWD) system. This makes it the first of the coupe American muscle cars to use all four wheels for traction.
Unfortunately, the AWD version of the Challenger is only available with a V6. Rumor is they tried to put it in the Hellcat, but scientists stopped them because with so much traction and power it could rip a hole in the space-time continuum. In fact they stated that they feared that any HEMI V8 would wield a power so great and terrible that it couldn’t be risked. Needless to say, we all feel safer that only 305 horses are available with all that traction, instead of 707.
Of course the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 is not what one usually thinks of when they think of a Dodge Challenger, but it is also no slouch. While it gives up at least 70 horses to the more powerful HEMI V8’s it is very usable for driving around town (which is what most drivers do).
It is also a more economical power plant with better gas mileage than the larger V8’s. Even so, it still manages a good 305 horsepower and 268 lb-ft. of torque (remember when that was a lot). Having driven the current Challenger lineup I can say that on the track there is no question you want a V8 model, preferably a Hellcat. But on the road opportunities to use the power of the V8 (without going to jail) is very rare.
“Dodge is shifting the muscle car paradigm with the new 2017 Dodge Challenger GT – 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, we are stretching the functional and geographic boundaries even further.”
The AWD muscle car is perfect for driving in slick conditions. The system used in the Challenger GT is the same that is found in the Charger AWD. It allows for seamless transitions between the use of just the rear wheels and the use of all four wheels without driver intervention. Under normal conditions the front axle is disengaged and all of the available power is sent to the rear wheels. When things get slippery and the rear wheels start to loose traction, the AWD system kicks in and sends power to all four wheels to help gain grip.
If you want a 2017 Dodge Challenger GT it will have a starring price of $33,395. Production of the AWD Challenger will start in January of 2017 and the model will be available in showrooms in the first quarter of 2017.
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