Recruitng Dodge's AWD Army

First day of snow, for this year’s winter in SWVA!  If you’re like me, you caught yourself thinking of an AWD or 4WD this morning if you don’t have one. I have my Ramcharger for when things get really rough, and sure it’s fun to drive, but I do enjoy the heated seats, heated steering wheel, 8.4 Uconnect with sound system, and various other things that make the Dart a better driving experience. Notice I didn’t say cooler, just a little better.  Don’t crucify me, I’m still a purist.

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By now, I’m sure you’ve seen Dodge unveil the GT Challenger. To hit the selling points again, it’s going to be America’s first AWD muscle coupe. It’s only available with the Pentastar, which is our 3.6, found in almost every other Chrysler product. In the Chally, it is mated to our brilliant Torque-Flight 8-Speed transmission, producing 305 ponies at the crank. The AWD system is not a “dumb” system by any means. It uses many technologies pioneered by the Jeep brand like axel disconnect for fuel economy and a transfer case that can apply torque to the wheel that has traction. With nearly everything electronic, from the steering to the all driver controls, the system can also other AWD wizardry, where the inside wheel on the front doesn’t spin when front wheels are turned in either direction.  Pretty Cool.

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The GT Challenger should be awesome. If you’re in the ‘know’ with the Dodge brand you know about the GT trim. A good friend of mine and I were just talking about the price tag. $34,490 was said to be the starting price with destination charge. At first glance, that seems high. But consider this: the GT trim, is a top tier, expensive trim. Sure it starts at almost 35, but it comes standard with Dodge Performance pages, premium NAPA leather, and 8.4 Uconnect, just to list the big ones.  I understand that it’s only around 7grand from a base-model Scat Pack, but you have to consider the caliber Vehicle you’re getting for the money. It’s a premium, upper-echelon, sports coupe, which just happens to offer a class exclusive AWD system.

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Alas, I am so excited for a AWD Challenger. The 3.6 may not be a HEMI, but it still offers 300 horsepower, and mods are a plenty, mostly because the Wranglers have the 3.6, which everyone knows are magnets for modifications and the custom automotive scene.

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I, like everyone else, have went to Dodge.com, trying to get more details about the GT Challenger, but to no avail. What caught my attention, like most other people, I’m sure, the Charger that offers AWD in the SE and SXT trim. Some really cool things for options on the 17 Chargers. I’ll have to talk about on another post.

Thanks so much for reading!!

-@AstidySRT

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