For Canadian muscle car fans, hell can now freeze over. Dodge is offering an all-wheel-drive version of its quintessential muscle car, the Challenger, for the 2017 model year.

The Challenger GT uses the same all-wheel-drive system found in the Charger AWD sedan and the 305-horsepower, 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 is standard.

The GT’s active transfer case only transfers torque to the front axle when required, so the Challenger’s rear drive character remains in place until extra traction is required.

Standard equipment includes leather covered, heated and ventilated seats, FCA’s excellent uConnect infotainment system, Alpine sound system, a back up camera, parking sensors, and nineteen-inch wheels.

We’re willing to argue that the Challenger is the only authentic muscle car in the market today. While Camaro and Mustang now lean more towards sports cars, the street presence of the slab-sided Challenger evokes classic muscle cars from the early seventies. And, undoubtedly, an all-wheel-drive Challenger is exactly what some Canadian customers have been asking for – sure footed, year round, all-wheel drive traction in a muscle car package.

The 2017 Dodge Challenger GT starts at $38,545, which is roughly a $5,000 premium over the entry level Challenger SXT. Production begins in early 2017 with deliveries starting later in Q1.

We’re looking forward to finally testing – and weather permitting, epic snow hooning – the Challenger in the depths of winter. We’re looking forward to hell freezing over.


Images courtesy of Dodge.

Published on Dec 07, 2016