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It may not have the measure of the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro in sales, but surely the Dodge Challenger is the most macho and muscular of the American muscle coupes, no? Here, with the 2017 Challenger GT, the Dodge gets an extra weapon over its rivals – all-wheel drive.

This is the first two-door American muscle car with all-wheel drive, providing muscle car enthusiasts all-weather driving confidence exclusive to Dodge, the company says. Just in time for winter, as the provided pics demonstrate.

The Challenger GT comes with the AWD system found in the Dodge Charger AWD with active transfer case and front-axle disconnect. It seamlessly transitions between RWD and AWD with no driver intervention. Under normal driving conditions, the front axle is disengaged and the Challenger is 100% rear driven. There’s a three-mode ESC with “full-off” mode for drifting.

Under that long hood is a 3.6 litre Pentastar V6 engine with 305 hp at 6,350 rpm and 363 Nm of torque at 4,800 rpm (90% available from 1,800 to 6,400 rpm), mated to a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. No V8 or stick shift with AWD, unfortunately.

The Challenger GT Super Track Pak button activates Dodge Performance Pages and launch control features embedded in the 8.4-inch touchscreen. Info such as reaction times, 0-60 mph times, G-force indicator and lap times can be monitored and mirrored in the seven-inch customisable cluster display.

Standard kit includes 19-inch Hyper Black rims, projector fog lamps, a rear spoiler, ParkSense rear park assist and ParkView reverse camera. Inside, Nappa leather seating, heated and ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel with power tilt and telescopic column, Uconnect touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and six Alpine speakers with a 276-watt amp are included.


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