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Report: Dodge Challenger AWD Coming Soon?

Report: Dodge Challenger AWD Coming Soon?

According to Automotive News’ future product listing, the Dodge Challenger will be gaining all-wheel drive and a wide-body variant as early as this fall. While this seems like a sudden change, it’s actually FCA just putting into production one of their concept cars from SEMA last year.

The report states that Dodge will launch the Challenger GT AWD, which its namesake actually debuted at the 2015 SEMA show in Las Vegas. The show car was simply a Challenger with a fancy paint job and all-wheel drive drivetrain. However, the concept also had something else that is supposedly going to spawn a separate new Challenger: a wide-body kit.

Allegedly FCA is also going to bring the wide-body kit to production on the Challenger Hellcat as the Challenger ADR. ADR meaning American Drag Racing in this application.

Speculation that the Challenger GT AWD was in front of FCA’s approval board surfaced on enthusiast website Allpar.com earlier this year. Reportedly, FCA received nearly 5,000 correspondences from fans intrigued by the idea of offering a Challenger that powered all four’s.

Neither addition to the Challenger lineup is terribly shocking. While mainstream buyers have not been able to add all-wheel drive to FCA’s V-8 powered LX cars, the police have been with the Charger Pursuit package. So the technical ability to pair a HEMI and all-wheel drive on the LX cars is absolutely there.

There’s also the fact that FCA seems to be slowing down the pace of total redesigns on its products. Adding these trim levels will keep the Challenger fresh until the all-new version rolls out sometime after 2018.

A Challenger GT AWD will also bring something very new to the pony car segment. Will the other two respond?





 

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  1. Sep 6, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    The Mercedes AMG brand moved their more evolved E class amg to all wheel drive last year so there is no reason dodge can't do the same with it's hellcats...fender flares would allow for bigger tires too..

    The race is on for FCA to further develop its amazing new hellcat to compete on the American performance stage.

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  1. JBsC6
    What will the price of an AWD hellcat be? Reaching up near 70 or 80 grand?

    That's a lot of dough for a challenger.....and how much will it weigh? 4600 lbs?

    Wide wheel arches and wide tires yes....AWD ...I don't think so...

    Bet it would sell though ...probably a few thousand a year?
    JBsC6
    Jaguar s f type went all wheel drive...how did sales improve?

    I think a wide body challenger makes a lot of sense as it's cheap to implement.

    AWD funneling 707 hp to the front wheels could with bigger tires be tough on a derivative drivetrain...

    Isn't the Alfa based challenger due out shortly?

    I think wider wheels and fenders are more likely as a cheap fix for FCA on an aging platform...

    Jmo
    CmicasatheGreatXvX
    Dequindre
    Not a bad idea. I like how the Challenger strays a bit from the tradition pony-car pack.


    it strays because it is in no way no how a Pony car. It's a full size 2 door in the same way that the SS or even Charger would have been had they been 2 doors
    Dequindre
    Not a bad idea. I like how the Challenger strays a bit from the tradition pony-car pack.
    CmicasatheGreatXvX
    A Challenger GT AWD will also bring something very new to the pony car segment. Will the other two respond?


    I dunno about the Mustang.. but technically the Camaro's platform certainly has AWD in its repertoire with currently top rated 335HP. But if the Camaro gets something with more HP.. say coupled its V8.. the ATS-V and CTS VSport best get it too. Of course there is the Camaro getting a Vert before either :rolleyes:
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