Many people love muscle cars; however, many are turned away by
the fact that you cannot drive the car all year long.
Well, Dodge has the answer. The automaker has introduced a 2017
Dodge Challenger GT AWD to the coupe making it the first ever
muscle car with an AWD system. The system is sourced from the
Dodge Charger, the model the Challenger shares its platform
with. With the AWD system, Dodge is stretching the functional
and geographical boundaries of muscle cars. Read along to find
2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD Exterior
The exterior is almost unchanged compared to the outgoing
model. It features a similar grille as that of the
Challenger SXT Plus. The grille features retro-styled nostrils.
The lower part of the grille features a black mesh that
improves airflow to cool the power-plant inside. It also
comes with round-shaped parking lights while LED headlights
flank its sides.
Dodge has retained the car’s short greenhouse that is
complimented by narrow windows. This is what gives the
model a sinister stance. It also retains the flip-up fuel door
that adds to the model’s nostalgia. The same level of
styling continues at the rear where the model features revised
taillights that remind me of the 1971 Challenger.
The 2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD rides on 19-inch Hyper Black
aluminum wheels. The wheels are wrapped in P235/55R-series
tires that suit all-season driving. I understand that the
model will be offered with 12 color choices.
2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD Interior
Well, it seems that the new Challenger is all about the AWD
system. On the inside, the model continues with minimal changes
compared to the standard Challenger. Its seats are
wrapped in Nappa leather as standard. The automaker uses bucket
seats for the front seats. The seats are also cooled and
heated. The driver seat is 4-way powered. The model also
features a heated steering wheel that has tilt and telescoping
functions. Like the standard Challenger, the new AWD GT comes
with a 276-watt amp Alpine audio system and the fan-favorite
8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system that integrates Android
Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Opting for the GT Interior Package gets you Alcantara seat
inserts and a 9-speaker Alpine audio system that features a
subwoofer and a 506-watt amp. The package also adds a
performance steering wheel. The second package offered for the
model is the Super Track Pack, a software-based system that
activates the model’s Performance pages as well as launch
control features that can even be displayed onto the vehicle’s
7.0-inch TFT that is mounted on the vehicle’s main instrument
Engine specs and performance
Well, the biggest news is the addition of the AWD system. As
said earlier, no other automaker offers an AWD system on its
muscle car. Depending on the success of the model, do not be
surprised if Chevrolet or Ford follows suit and hook their
Camaros or Mustangs respectively with AWD systems. I bet Ford
and Chevrolet did not see this coming.
Powering the model is a 3.6 L, Pentastar V-6. The engine
produces 305 hp and 268 lb-ft of torque. The model’s induction
system combines with its dual exhaust system to help generate
around 90% of peak torque from only 1,800 rpm.
The engine is paired with an 8-speed TorqueFlite automatic
transmission sourced from ZF. This system combines with the
Dodge Charger sourced AWD system to send all power to the rear
wheels during normal driving. The system automatically
transitions power to the front differential when the system
detects the slightest wheel spin within milliseconds. The
system works independently without any driver input. It is
however aided by the GT’s exceptional traction control
Price and release date
The 2017 RWD Dodge Challenger GT has an MSRP of $34,490. To get
the AWD version, you have to spend an extra $3,400. In essence,
the AWD system represents a 10% increase of the RWD model’s
price, a pretty sum to pay but it’s worth it, as it transforms
the coupe into an all-weather and all-season beast.
The Super Track Pak is available for an extra $695, $995 for
the GT Interior Package. For $1,595, audiophiles will get the
impressive Harmon Kardon audio system. The Technology Groups is
offered for an extra $1,195 while the Driver Convenience groups
goes for $1,095.
The decision by Dodge to offer an AWD drive may shoot the
Challenger to the top of this segment that is currently
occupied by the esteemed
Ford Mustang. The new Chevrolet
Camaro has also made things in the segment quite exciting.