Sorry, no AWD Hellcat in the cards yet.

Dodge is letting the automotive world check out the all-wheel drive Challenger GT just in time for snow to start falling in much of United States. The new model still lets buyers enjoy the experience of a muscle car but with the security of knowing there’s extra traction when the road gets slick. Deliveries begin in the first quarter of 2017, which might still be good timing for dealing with the last of the season's icy streets. Prices start at $34,490 after $1,095 for destination.

As hinted by a leak from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Challenger GT is exclusively available with a 3.6-liter V6 and eight-speed automatic gearbox. The engine produces 305 horsepower (227 kilowatts) and 268 pound-feet (336 Newton-meters) of torque. The EPA’s estimated fuel economy is 18 miles per gallon city, 27 mpg highway, and 21 mpg combined.

The Challenger GT’s all-wheel-drive system is the same tech that’s in the existing Dodge Charger AWD. The setup includes an active transfer case with front-axle disconnect for times when the muscle isn’t necessary at that axle. Under normal conditions, all the power goes to the rear wheels.

2017 Dodge Challenger GT
2017 Dodge Challenger GT
2017 Dodge Challenger GT

The Challenger GT doesn’t feature any major styling changes that differentiate it from the other versions in the lineup. Standard exterior features include fog lights, a small rear spoiler, and 19-inch wheels with all-season performance tires. Inside, the muscle cars have heated and ventilated seats with Nappa leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, and an 8.4-inch infotainment system. For $995, an optional GT Interior package includes seats with a mix of Nappa leather and Alcantara, a nine-speak stereo, and more performance-oriented steering wheel.

While some buyers might wish a V8 were available with the all-wheel drive system, this 305-hp V6 compares very favorably against other all-wheel drive coupes, especially in its price range. The Challenger GT is more powerful and costs less than the currently available Audi A5 with 217 hp (162 kW), BMW 430i xDrive with 248 hp (185 kW), Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Coupe at 241 hp (180 kW). It also beats Infiniti Q60 with both the 208-hp (155-kW) 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and 300-hp (224 kW) biturbo 3.0-liter V6.

Source: Dodge

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