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The AWD Dodge Challenger Is Now A Thing, But Where's The V8?

An all-wheel drive 'Dodge Challenger GT' has finally happened, but the powertrain choice isn't inspiring

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Dodge - The AWD Dodge Challenger Is Now A Thing, But Where's The V8? - News

A few weeks ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made a bit of a boo boo by accidentally confirming the existence of an all-wheel drive Challenger. Now, the car has been revealed in full.

The bad bit? As anticipated, there’s no bit shouty V8 options. The newly christened Challenger GT comes only with a 3.6-litre V6, putting out a modest (well, in muscle car terms) 301bhp and 268lb ft of torque. Only comes as an automatic, too.

Dodge - The AWD Dodge Challenger Is Now A Thing, But Where's The V8? - News

The GT gets the same all-wheel drive system as the AWD Charger (also only available as a V6 auto), meaning it’s rear-wheel drive most of the time, with the front driven wheels re-engaging when required.

It’ll set you back $34,490, and will do 18mpg city and 27mpg highway - with those curiously smaller American gallons, obviously.

While it’s just a V6 for now, who knows - if it does well perhaps FCA will be moved to make some V8 versions. Imagine a Hellcat with a slightly less ferocious appetite for rear tyres…