2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD
A lot of good news is being released about the 2017 Dodge Challenger, and it’s not even 2017, yet. The big news first started with the new model that is a blast from the past, then the scoop about some new interior changes on the SRT Hellcat model, and now there is even more good news. An all-new, never before seen Dodge Challenger is about to hit the streets. Following the new Challenger T/A Series, the fourth new installment to the lineup will be the 2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD.
Founded more than 100 years ago, the Dodge brand has a lot of history, especially when considering the Dodge Challenger and Charger. Not to mention their rich and colorful heritage, churning out many HIP legacy colors that make Dodge’s muscle cars unmistakable on the road. Now, Dodge is bringing some of those great cars of history back in 2017, such as the Challenger T/A and Charger Daytona.
Recently, the 2017 Dodge Challenger received 5-star ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a trusted organization in testing frontal and side impact collisions. Three Dodge brand vehicles were also recently named America’s Most Loved by Strategic Vision’s Consumer Love Index (CLI). So with all this good news, what else can we bring to the table? How about the world’s first and only all-wheel-drive American muscle coupe?
The 2017 Dodge Challenger GT is an all-wheel-drive (AWD) muscle car, and it’s probably the most exciting news about the new lineup. We’ll get into the handling of the vehicle, but a quick refresher, AWD is great for driver control, applying equal torque to all four wheels. First as always though, let’s talk about power.
Under the hood of the new 2017 Dodge Challenger GT is a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, able to generate up to 305-horsepower and 268 lb-ft of torque. Known for its best-in-class fuel economy, the AWD drivetrain on the Charger is lending a hand to the Challenger GT. At this time, the Challenger GT has an EPA estimate of 18 city/27 hwy mpg.
Also shared with the Charger is the Challenger GT’s active transfer case and front-axle disconnect system. Rear-wheel drive will be the usual drivetrain, but when sensors indicate the need for additional traction, the GT turns into an all-season performance vehicle with all-wheel-drive. Zero driver interaction is needed. Speaking of all-season, the GT comes with an enhanced Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system to provide excellent traction on the most slippery of surfaces such as snow and ice.
Some favorites will be returning, such as paddle shifters and Sport mode transmission, the full-color Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) centered in the instrument cluster, 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) customizable cluster display, and Dodge Performance Pages. You can watch it all, including the 2017 Dodge Challenger 0-60 acceleration times on an 8.4-inch touchscreen.
Style is returning too, with 19-inch aluminum wheels with Hyper Black finish and BSW all-season performance tires, projector fog lamps, a deck-lid rear spoiler, and a 1971-inspired design complete with a split grille, pronounced and functional power bulge hood, LED halo headlamps, and LED tail lamps. Entertainment is also a given with the Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a six Alpine speaker system. Of course, luxury is also in the mix with premium Nappa leather seating, and heated and ventilated front seats.
That about covers it. Plus, an all-new GT interior package with nine Alpine speakers, including a subwoofer and a 506-watt amplifier; the Dodge performance steering wheel is also available. The 2017 Dodge Challenger GT will be available in January, and has a starting MSRP of $33,395.
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