2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD: Not So Buff although Tackles the White Stuff
Say fishtailing cold-weather zaniness just isn’t your bag, although you’re a sucker for the noise as well as style of a Yankee-bred muscle car. Well, you’re sort of in luck. We say “sort of,” because you can currently snare a Dodge Challenger with four driven wheels, although the idea won’t be producing tasty Hemi sounds or posting beefy Hemi power numbers. The 2017 Challenger GT gets its motive gumption courtesy of a 305-hp 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6.
The Pentastar can be backed by ZF’s ubiquitous eight-speed automatic transmission, connected to the same transfer case as well as front-axle disconnect used inside existing all-wheel-drive Dodge Charger. In regular driving, 100 percent of the V-6’s 268 lb-ft of torque can be directed rearward; should conditions call for the front wheels to leap into the breach, the system routes power to the front.
Dodge says the EPA rates the GT at 18 mpg city as well as 27 mpg highway. Despite the lack of a V-8, the GT does make some concessions to sportiness, including a Sport mode, shift paddles, as well as launch control. Dodge’s Performance Pages feature displays reaction times, zero-to-60-mph numbers, a g-force indicator, as well as lap times.
The Challenger GT rides on 19-inch aluminum wheels finished in Hyper Black wearing 235/55R-19 tires, features projector-beam fog lamps up front, as well as incorporates a spoiler stuck to the decklid. In terms of convenience as well as comfort, the GT gets nappa leather, heated as well as ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, an 8.4-inch Uconnect display with Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto, a 276-watt Alpine stereo with six speakers, metal-trimmed pedals, as well as a universal garage-door opener. A rearview camera as well as rear parking assist are also standard. Opt for the $995 GT Inside package, as well as you get performance seats upholstered in nappa leather as well as microsuede, three more speakers, as well as 230 more watts of audio power.
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Production ramps up in January, with deliveries slated to begin sometime later inside first quarter of 2017. The cost for muscle-type appearance as well as all-weather traction? $34,490. of which’s less than a Subaru WRX STI, which also has 305 horsepower as well as AWD, although slightly more than a base Ford Mustang GT, which offers 130 more ponies, makes excellent noises, as well as can be easily fitted with winter rubber. Pick the poison of which makes the most sense to you.