Remember when Dodge released an all-wheel drive version of the Challenger? Released way back in December 2016, the Challenger GT was billed by Dodge as the world's first AWD muscle car which allowed it to take on various terrains with ease.
Three years forward, and the automaker has followed that up with a new AWD offering. Joining the Challenger GT is the 2020 Charger GT. This new Charger variant joins the SRT Hellcat Widebody, Scat Pack Widebody, as well as the Scat Pack GT, SXT, and SXT AWD.
Like the AWD Challenger, don't expect to find a HEMI V8 under the hood of the Charger GT. Instead, it's powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6. It produces 305 PS at 6350 rpm along with 357 Nm of torque at 4800 rpm. The six-cylinder engine is then mated to an eight-speed Torqueflite automatic transmission with manual select. To help the engine deliver more torque at low revs, Dodge installed a tuned induction system and dual exhausts to help deliver 90% percent of the engine's peak torque from 1800 – 6400 rpm.
Despite being all-wheel drive, Dodge claims that the GT AWD can seamlessly switch between rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive with no driver intervention. It does this thanks to an active transfer case with a front-axle disconnect. This allows 100% of the power to be sent to the rear wheels unless the system detects additional traction is needed. Providing all-weather traction, on the other hand, comes courtesy of a set of 235/55/R19 BSW all-season tires mounted on aluminum wheels finished in Satin Carbon.
A Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system also helps drivers reign in that power depending on the road surface. VDC provides excellent traction in snow and slushy road conditions, as well as other slippery road surfaces. On the flipside, the Charger GT is also fitted with Sport Mode. When activated, AWD is fully-engaged and the gear changes are quicker. The revs are also held higher for better acceleration.
Other standard amenities and features available in the Charger GT include: AWD suspension tuning, 3.07 rear axle ratio, LED foglights, performance steering wheel with paddle shifters, 8.4-inch touchscreen with Uconnect infotainment, and Houndstooth high-bolstered performance seats.
With Dodge Philippines only offering the Charger Scat Pack HEMI V8, will there be a chance of the Charger GT AWD arriving in the Philippines? Well if there are enough customers looking for an all-wheel drive four-door muscle car, perhaps they can bring in several examples. The Charger GT may not have a howling V8, but at least you can rely on its all-wheel drive system to get you out of slippery roads.