The Dodge Challenger GT AWD made its debut overnight, and is targeted at muscle car fans who live in the often snow covered mid-west and north-east of the USA.
Unlike the Challenger GT AWD Concept shown at the 2015 SEMA show, the production coupe doesn’t feature wheel arch extensions or a wider track.
While that concept set hearts racing with an upgraded 5.7-litre Hemi V8, the production version of the GT AWD, for now at least, is only available the company’s 3.6-litre Pentastar V6.
While the V6 engine pumps out a respectable 227kW of power at 6350rpm, and 363Nm of torque at 4800rpm, hardcore enthusiasts are bound to be disappointed with the lack of a V8 option.
Using the same all-wheel drive setup as the Charger AWD, and the Challenger GT AWD includes an active transfer case. To improve fuel economy, the system features automatic front-axle disconnect, and in normal circumstances 100 per cent of the drive is sent to the rear wheels.
The Challenger GT AWD rides on 19-inch alloy wheels shod with 235/55 all-season tyres. Standard equipment includes fog lights, a deck lid spoiler, rear parking sensors, reversing camera, Nappa leather seats with heating and ventilation up front, a heated steering wheel, and an 8.4-inch touchscreen system connected to a six-speaker 276W Alpine sound system.
An optional GT Interior package adds seats clad in both Nappa leather and fake suede, a performance steering wheel, and an upgraded Alpine sound system with nine speakers, a 506W amplifier, and a subwoofer.
Production of the Challenger GT AWD begins in January 2017, with the first cars due to arrive in dealerships during the first quarter of next year.
With both the Dodge Challenger and Charger available only in left-hand drive, and replacements reportedly due in 2020, the chances of seeing the Challenger GT AWD in official Australian dealerships is about as high as Hillary Clinton becoming Australia’s first president.