There is no doubt that muscle cars are all about performance. Throw in a V8 engine, rear-wheel-drive, a manual transmission and we can burn rubber all day. The segment has long been an enthusiast favorite for track day however, it is now evolving and starting to cater to everyone. And that’s not entirely a bad thing.
Muscle cars now come with four-cylinder turbo engines, V6 engines, automatic transmissions, infotainment systems and much more. Well, Dodge is taking things a step further by opening up the muscle car world for those that live in cold states that experience heavy snowfall and other adverse weather conditions. Meet the all-new 2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD. The model is the first American muscle car with all-wheel-drive and while that may frustrate some, we can definitely see those that live in cold states rejoicing since they now have the ability to drive their muscle car all year round. Let’s take a closer look at the 2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD.
From the outside, the 2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD is just like any other Dodge Challenger. The muscle car, which recently received a number of upgrades, has stayed true to its heritage and has done a perfect job of mixing old with the new.
While other muscle cars, like the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro, have veered off into a completely aggressive modern design, the Dodge Challenger has continued to pay homage to its predecessors. With each model year, the Dodge Challenger receives slight upgrades to its tail lamps while the front end goes barely untouched. That’s something we really have to respect as Dodge’s design team understands the cult-like following and appreciation for this model.
The 2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD sits on a wheelbase that measures 116.2 inches with an overall length of 197.9 inches. Yes, it is an extremely long car! Width comes in at 75.7 inches and the overall height comes in at 57.5 inches.
Overall, the 2017 Dodge Challenger continues to be a modern muscle car that stays true to its roots when it comes to styling and we really appreciate it for that.
Take a seat inside, and you’ll be blown away by the long list of standard features that come with the 2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD. There isn’t much left to desire as the model comes standard with heated and ventilated front seats, four-way power drive lumbar support, heated steering wheel (since they are catering to the cold states), the Dodge UConnect 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity, six Alpine speakers, Nappa leather seating, Bluetooth audio streaming and phone connectivity, USB ports, a rearview camera and much more.
If you really want to add anything else (and we’re not sure why you would), you could dish out an extra $995 for the GT Interior Package. The package adds Nappa leather and Alcantara suede seats, nine Alpine speakers with a subwoofer/506-watt amplifier, and a Dodge performance steering wheel.
Cabin space wise, the 2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD offers 42 inches of legroom for front row passengers and 33.1 inches of legroom for rear passengers. Surprisingly enough, even though this is a coupe, rear room is quite spacious and can comfortably seat passengers without causing any pain to the driver and passenger.
Overall, the interior of the 2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD is a great place to be. The Challenger continues to be a comfortable long-distance cruiser and glides right over potholes and bumps in the road.
The 2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD is powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine making 305 horsepower and 268 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, the Challenger GT AWD goes from 0 to 60 mph in 6 seconds with a top speed of 120 mph.
So how did Dodge make the Challenger an all-wheel-drive muscle car? Simply put, they basically took the all-wheel-drive system found in the Dodge Charger AWD (with active transfer case and front-axle disconnect) and threw it on the Challenger. That allows the Dodge Challenger to easily shift between rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive with no work from the driver. Basically, the front axle is disengaged under normal conditions and when the car detects the need for traction, the system automatically kicks in the front axle. That allows you to still enjoy rear-wheel-drive performance while having the reliability of all-wheel-drive in case you’re caught in a snow storm.
Fuel economy for the 2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD comes in at an EPA-rated 18/27 mpg* (city/highway).
Besides the fact that you have all-wheel-drive as a backup plan for a snowy day, the 2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD also comes standard with rear park assist and a rear backup camera. You can also add the Technology Package for adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam control, forward collision warning, rain-sensing wipers and more.
Overall, you won’t be able to tell you’re driving an all-wheel-drive vehicle until you’re faced with the loss of traction or adverse weather conditions. Whether or not Dodge offers the Challenger AWD with a HEMI remains to be seen. Either way, this muscle car is a perfect buy for those that live in cold states. Prices for the 2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD start at $33,395**. Visit your local AutoNation dealer for a test drive today.
*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.