The 2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD lives in the same family as the beefy Challenger R/T, 392, Hellcat and – coming soon, the Dodge Challenger Demon. While its siblings are as subtle as a jackhammer in a dentist office, the 2017 Dodge Challenger, with its 305 horsepower @ 6,350 rpm, 3.6-liter V6 that makes 268 lb-ft of torque is the sensible brother that has no muscle car DNA – other than its looks.
Simply put – the 2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD is a comfortable Grand Touring car with all-wheel drive. It’s NO muscle car. For many, that’s okay. The AWD system is quite clever and works seamlessly with the eight-speed automatic transmission. Punch it, encounter loose surfaces, go nuts with the performance modes and the AWD system kicks in. When not in use, the AWD system completely disconnects from the front wheels allowing for more efficient driving with less drag.
Unlike the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, the 2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD has no option for a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, manual transmission option or a convertible top option. It does have the only back seat of the three cars that has provisions for three passengers and it’s trunk is simply massive by comparison at 16.2 cubic feet. It also drives the most comfortably on highway stretches and it’s the easiest to live with daily.
I’m not suggesting that the 2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD will replace your lust for a real muscle car, it won’t. I will say that, for those of you who want an enjoyable ride in any weather that looks badass – you could do a lot worse.
The 2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD starts at $33,590 and our tester was $39,965 and they are available in dealerships now.
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