'America's only all-wheel-drive muscle coupe' stars in an advert shot in Alaska.

Hot on the heels of last week’s introduction, the AWD-equipped 2017 Dodge Challenger GT has traveled to Alaska for a new ad called “Russia” as a nod to the fact there’s a part of Alaska from where you can almost see Russia. For a brief history lesson, United States bought Alaska from the Russian Empire back on March 30, 1867, adding 586,412 square miles (1,518,800 km2) of new territory in exchange for a $7.2-million check after a treaty signed by President Andrew Johnson.

Getting back to the car at hand, Dodge calls it “America's only all-wheel-drive muscle coupe,” so it comes as no surprise why Alaska was selected to show off the Challenger GT’s AWD capabilities. The only bad news is you can get the grippy setup exclusively with a 3.6-liter V6 Pentastar engine hooked up to an eight-speed automatic transmission. There’s no sign of a V8 just yet, so buyers will have to settle for the 305 horsepower (227 kilowatts) and 268 pound-feet (336 Newton-meters) of torque delivered by the six-cylinder unit to the 20-inch wheels shod in all-season performance tires.

2017 Dodge Challenger GT
2017 Dodge Challenger GT

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It’s a clever AWD setup featuring an active transfer case and front-axle disconnect. That means most of the time the Challenger GT runs purely as a rear-wheel drive car, with the AWD kicking in only when there’s a need for extra grip. That way, the hardware will deliver the best of both worlds by keeping the car tail-happy and switching to AWD only when the going gets tough.

Available this winter, the all-weather 2017 Dodge Challenger GT begins from $33,395 (excluding $1,095 destination charge). Production is scheduled to start next month and dealerships will have the car on display in the first quarter of the year.

Source: Dodge

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