Since Graham identified the wheel wells on the V6 Challengers and the way they’re a lot greater than the low-slung SRTs, that’s all I can see. Dodge, why can’t we make the SXT low like the large boys? Completely different patrons? If it’s the suspension, let’s simply put a nonadjustable model that retains this pony automotive low. It appears SO significantly better that manner.
However that is the AWD GT Challenger; therefore it’s prepared for all seasons. Possibly meaning somewhat further journey top to clear the snow. I want we had some to apply on.
The V6 supplies an honest quantity of velocity, however it is a large automotive. And in the event you’ve pushed any of the V8 vehicles, it kind of ruins this engine. It was the identical with the F-Sort Jag. If I’d have pushed solely the V6, it will have felt positive, nice even, however I used to be spoiled by the large V8 within the R. One other approach to make the Dodge mill extra participating could be to place some louder pipes on it. I introduced it to redline a number of occasions and it simply by no means will get loud sufficient. I do know it’ll by no means have the V8 rumble, however a screaming V6 isn’t a nasty sound, so long as it’s tuned correctly.
Yeah, the AWD Challenger doesn’t really feel gradual by the seat of the pants, and shifts from the eight-speed in sport mode have a pleasant, fast shove as you snap the paddles. This morning I drove it calmly, and it may have been any random sedan with a pleasant journey and heavier than regular steering weight.
It soaks up these unhealthy Detroit roads with no drawback, however the bigger-engined vehicles do too, with much less journey top. This AWD mannequin does have taller tires, which made me fear much less about hitting potholes. So it has that going for it.
The Challenger is a traditional sizzling rod. It’s large, heavy, and the V8 is highly effective. I’ve no drawback with V6 vehicles, grandparents have to drive too, however AWD is likely to be a stretch. As in, Dodge is seeking to money in on a number of further patrons in center and northern states. I suppose I can’t fault them for that. However Dodge may additionally push Chargers off on these folks. Decrease it, put a V8 below the hood and make it rear-wheel drive and I’m in. Oh wait a minute, Dodge already has that.
–Jake Lingeman, highway take a look at editor
Let me say two issues proper up entrance: One, I just like the unconventional concept of an AWD muscle-ish automotive. Two, I vastly favor my rear-drive American coupes with V8s each when it comes to efficiency and the fantastic sounds. This V6 ain’t unhealthy, I suppose. The ability is sweet, particularly contemplating the burden and that the AWD doubtless soaks up some energy. Doesn’t sound cool, although. I’ve no beefs with the gearbox — it’s clean and fairly fast once I used the paddles. Sport mode is finest.
In corners, the physique stays principally flat whereas the chassis/suspension labored properly collectively absorbing our nasty roads. In accordance with Dodge’s media website, engineers went with some police gear — heavy-duty springs, dampers, and antiroll bars — to account for the additional weight. The location additionally stated the suspension is tuned a bit softer. It really works properly, I’d say.
An AWD performance-ish coupe is a uncommon hen certainly — this is without doubt one of the few I can consider. It’s additionally among the many greatest, and I admire the roomy inside. The one factor bugging me concerning the cockpit is I couldn’t pair my cellphone. That may have been me not doing one thing proper.
It could be been enjoyable to drive it in slicker situations to see how properly (or not) it coped. And whereas as I stated I’d favor a V8, I guess loads of prospects don’t care about that and simply need a handsome, roomy automotive they will drive year-round. This automotive delivers that. It might be the right Detroit/winter automotive.
–Wes Raynal, editor
The 2017 Dodge Challenger GT will get distinctive screens in its gauge cluster.
On Sale: Now
Base Worth: $34,490
As Examined Worth: $38,075
Powertrain: three.6-liter DOHC V6, AWD eight-speed computerized
Output: 305 hp @ 6,350 rpm; 268 lb-ft @ four,800 rpm
Curb Weight: four,108 lb
Gasoline Financial system: 18/27/21 mpg(EPA Metropolis/Hwy/Mixed)
Execs: All-weather muscle automotive
Cons: Increased journey top makes it look funky
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