American carmaker Dodge has unveiled the new all-wheel-drive (AWD) 2017 Challenger GT. The Challenger GT is the first two-door American muscle car with AWD.
Under the large bonnet isn't the usual Dodge Hemi V8, instead the Challenger GT makes do with a 3.6-litre V6 engine pushing out 301bhp and 363Nm of torque.
The engine is connected to an 8-speed automatic gearbox that sends the power to all four wheels and can be operated using paddle shifters. Also present is a sport mode which holds the gears for longer to keep the revs high.
The new Challenger GT borrows the AWD system from its four-door sibling, the Dodge Charger. In normal conditions, the transfer box sends all the power and torque to the rear but it will reroute some of the power to the front as and when required.
To ensure that none of the fun of driving a muscle car is lost the electronic stability control system can be switched off which will allow owners to pull off some crazy drifts, especially in the snow.
Design wise, the Challenger GT isn't much different from the regular car with projector headlamps up front and bootlip spoiler at the rear. The Challenger GT rides on 19-inch aluminium wheels 235/55R-19 tyres.
Inside, the GT gets nappa leather, ventilated front seats with heating along with a heated steering wheel. An 8.4-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto takes care of the infotainment needs and is paired to a 276-watt Alpine stereo with six speakers.
Also present are metal-trimmed pedals, a universal garage-door opener and a rearview camera along with rear parking assist.
For an extra $995 (Rs 67,585), owners can opt for the GT Interior package which gets them performance seats upholstered in nappa leather and microsuede, and upgraded 9-speaker audio system including a subwoofer which cranks out 560 watts of power.
Prices for the Dodge Challenger GT start at $34,490. Production will start in January 2017 and cars will be available at dealerships in the first quarter of 2017.