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!