Giorgio, GT AWD, and ADR, Oh My!

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Giorgio, GT AWD, and ADR, Oh My!

Postby scottm » Thu Sep 08, 2016 10:38 pm

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Report: Dodge Challenger to Receive AWD Variant, Wide-Body Hellcat ADR
http://www.motortrend.com/news/report-d ... llcat-adr/

Switch to Giorgio platform happens in 2018

FCA has delayed a number of product launches and updates across its brands, including Dodge. Though the shifting of Charger and Challenger to the Alfa Romeo Giulia’s new Giorgio platform has been put on hold, the current models will get special variants, including an all-wheel-drive version of the Challenger and a wide-bodied Challenger SRT Hellcat, to tide fans over.

According to a report from Automotive News, Dodge will launch the first-ever all-wheel-drive Challenger model, called the GT AWD, this fall. No other details were given, but the all-wheel-drive system could be similar to the one offered on the Charger, which now comes paired only to the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6. All-wheel drive was formerly offered with the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8, and the combo is still available to law enforcement in the Charger Pursuit. The GT AWD will be joined by a wide-body variant of the Challenger SRT Hellcat called the Challenger ADR in 2017.

As for the Charger, special models like the recently announced Daytona will hopefully keep the sedan fresh until the new model arrives. Both the Charger and Challenger are said to switch to the Giorgio platform by 2018. The move should shed precious weight, more than 400 pounds for Charger and about 500 for Challenger. A Giorgio-based convertible variant called the Barracuda will arrive in 2021.


A wide-body Challenger SRT Hellcat, eh? That should be interesting to see!

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Re: Giorgio, GT AWD, and ADR, Oh My!

Postby scottm » Mon Oct 31, 2016 4:38 pm

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All-wheel-drive Dodge Challenger GT shows up on EPA website
http://www.foxnews.com/auto/2016/10/28/ ... bsite.html

Dodge is working on an all-wheel-drive Challenger.

The car was first hinted at by the Challenger GT AWD concept unveiled at the 2015 SEMA show and now confirmed by an early listing on the EPA’s website that lists fuel economy ratings.

A 2017 Dodge Challenger GT equipped with a 3.6-liter V-6 and 8-speed automatic is listed as having a fuel economy of 18 mpg city, 27 highway and 21 combined. Under the Specs tab on the EPA website, the vehicle is also listed as having all-wheel drive. This compares with the regular 2017 Dodge Challenger equipped with the same engine and transmission which is rated at 19 mpg city, 30 highway and 23 combined.

The numbers are not surprising considering all-wheel-drive systems normally increase fuel consumption.

Dodge is expected to add the Challenger GT to its lineup this fall. It will be available exclusively with a V-6 engine, rated at 305 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque. The Challenger’s V-8s have been ruled out due to tight and packaging and torque constraints of the all-wheel-drive system, which is borrowed from the Charger.

Though it’s yet to be confirmed, it’s thought that the Challenger GT will feature a distinct wide-body design. This wide-body design will also be used for a new range-topping model positioned above the current Challenger SRT Hellcat. The new model, thought to be called a Challenger ADR, has been spied as a prototype.


No HEMI option in the AWD Challenger, oh well.


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