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What Do You Really Want To Know About The All-Wheel Drive Dodge Challenger?

(Image Credit: Andrew Collins)
(Image Credit: Andrew Collins)

The 2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD has been out for some time now, but this week I finally wrangled one into Jalopnik’s California garage and am heading to the mountains to find out what this giant two-door 4x4 is really made of.

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Okay, maybe we won’t really take Mopar’s gargantuan bachelormobile rock crawling, but we’ll at least run it through some potholes and some sandy beach parking lots to see if this traction system is half decent.

Our V6 automatic test car rings up at about $41,000 with a few grand worth of tech toys and a sunroof, which is generously sized. It also has 235/55R19-sized tires, which look as skinny as shopping cart wheels below the Challenger’s expansive ass, and, to my surprise, launch control.

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I guess the foul-weather version still has to be a Challenger.

After a few laps through my regular “commute” I can report that the car feels about as long as the Mercedes GLS SUV I also drove recently and its all-season tires are pretty easy to chirp. I can already see why these cars are so popular. It just, kind of, feels cool to be in.

The window sticker says the car’s capable of 27 mpg on the highway and 18 in the city. At standard Los Angeles speed, I’m averaging 10.7 so far.

So what else do you want to know about this four-season muscle car?

Jalopnik Staffer from 2013 to 2020, now Editor-In-Chief at Car Bibles

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DISCUSSION

aslongasthereisbeerimthere
As Long as There is Beer I'm There.

Damn, read a lot of super negative comments... its like no one is excited anymore when brands start shaking stuff up even a little. Oh no, a Big Body 2 Door Coupe with 300hp and AWD, BOOOOOOOOOOOO. We get it, its not cool to like chrysler, its not cool to like non-v8 non-turbo sports cars, and its DEFINETLY not cool to produce a car thats a coupe version of a larger vehicle... these are probably the same guys that would say “The only thing missing from the Accord coupe v6 is AWD”...

Ya’ll just be positive for once, and let the industry have it’s bad ideas. Yes they probably won’t sell many... but remember Chrysler gave us a Dodge Wagon (Magnum) AWD with a hemi v8 once... maybe this is the Challenger seed we have to plant to start seeing crazier things grow from it.

Relax. Its just a neat weird thing that we’ll probably all be talking about 20 years from now with a “Remember when the challenger went AWD? that was weeeeiiiiirrrrrd” Or it’ll be at the NY Auto Show Trivia night.