There’s a war raging in the United States for two-door muscle car supremacy. Ford has the Mustang. Chevrolet has the Camaro. Dodge has the Challenger.
They are all rear-wheel drive. With a proper set of snow tires, they’re fine in the winter. But some people want more. They want the security of all-wheel drive.
Dodge is here with the answer in the form of the 2017 Dodge Challenger GT. It’s the first muscle car to have all-wheel drive.
The Challenger GT is an all-wheel drive coupe powered by FCA’s Pentastar V6 engine. The only transmission available is a ZF-sourced 8-speed automatic.
What About a V8?
Sorry folks, there’s not a V8 or Hellcat option. At least not yet.
That’s not surprising, though. The Charger shares components with the Challenger. The Charger all-wheel drive is a V6 only offering with the automatic transmission.
It’s still a smart move for Dodge to offer the Challenger GT, even without the V8. There are people out there who like the looks of the Challenger. They don’t need the grunt of a gas-guzzling V8. Some of those buyers live where it snows. They’ll be the ones to enjoy the GT.
The Challenger GT starts at $33,395 and will start production in January of 2017. Expect it in dealerships in the first quarter of next year.