If you are a MOPAR guy this news will probably make your day! Dodge is planning to debut an AWD option on the new Challenger/Charger lineup. However, currently, it will only be available on the V-6 powered models.
Which leads us to speculate whether or not the new Hellcat widebody which goes by the moniker of Challenger ADR; will have an AWD package available for the 707-horsepowered V-8 as well?
Dodge is reportedly planning on whipping up both all-wheel-drive and widebody Hellcat versions of the Challenger over the course of the next year.
According to Automotive News’s deep dive into the future of Dodge, the carmaker will reveal the first all-wheel-drive version of the fabled muscle car this fall, under the name Challenger GT AWD. Come 2017, Dodge will reportedly reveal the creme de la creme of the Chally lineup—a widebody version powered by the 707-horsepower Hellcat V-8 that goes by the moniker of Challenger ADR.
(Considering the lineup of the soon-to-be-deceased Viper topped out with a trim level called ACR, we at The Drive assume the new widebody Hellcat Challenger’s designation is meant as an homage to the dearly-departed track-spec super snake; that said, since ACR actually stood for “American Club Racer,” we’re curious to see what Mopar claims ADR is short for.)
In spite of reports definitively claiming the widebody Hellcat Challenger will send its power to all four wheels, it’s unclear whether or not which way the Chally ADR will route all those ponies to the pavement. On the one hand, the Hellcat motor is expected to be hooked up to a four-wheel-drive system in the upcoming Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, so clearly Fiat Chrysler builds an AWD system capable of handling all that grunt; on the other hand, the Challenger/Charger lineup currently restricts AWD to V-6-powered models. (We’ve reached out to the author of the Automotive News story for clarification; we’ll let you know if we receive any updates.)
The new Challengers are expected to be among the final variants on Mopar’s current muscle car platform, which dates back more than a decade to the era when Chrysler was owned by Daimler.
This should be interesting.