Reviews 2017 Dodge Challenger GT: First Drive Review
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Dodge powers up the three-row SUV segmentDodge chief Tim Kuniskis calls it the most powerful and fastest three-row vehicle. The 392-cubic-inch Hemi V-8 engine under the hood generates 475 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 470 lb-ft of torque at 4,300 rpm, creating a family vehicle that will go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and through the quarter mile in 12.9 seconds, according to National Hot Rod Association certification. That would leave competitors such as the Chevrolet Tahoe in its dust.
2017 Dodge Challenger GT
When the weather turns cold and roads become blanketed in snow and ice, a rear-wheel-drive sport coupe is not the first vehicle most people consider to conquer the elements. But with the addition of the Challenger GT, Dodge offers the advantage of all-wheel drive to tackle adverse weather conditions — a first for a 2-door, 5-passenger coupe; the emphasis during development was to retain the sporty, fun-to-drive nature of the rear-wheel-drive Challenger.
Performance All-Wheel Drive
Differentiating the 2017 Dodge Challenger GT from previous versions is a high-performance all-wheel-drive system derived from the Dodge Charger, which has an active transfer case and front-axle disconnect. Under normal driving conditions the front axle gets disengaged and all torque is delivered to the rear axle. When sensors detect the need for additional traction, the front axle automatically engages and torque is actively split between the front and rear axles, depending on conditions. Manual shifting or selecting Sport mode engages AWD as well. Disconnecting the front axles improves fuel economy when the torque split is not needed, and helps retain the rear-drive feel.
Everything We Know About the 2018 Dodge Challenger Demon
Seriously, is it April yet?Why It Matters: These spy photos throw a bit of a wrench in Dodge’s plans to slowly tease different aspects of the Demon in the weeks leading up to the car’s big reveal. We’ve seen seven such teasers since January, and more are on their way between now and April. None have shown the car in its entirety like these photos, however. The Demon itself is a big deal for being a street-legal drag-racing special.
Why All-Wheel Drive?
Challenger would not seem like an obvious candidate for adding all-wheel drive, but Dodge noticed that overall all-wheel drive sales are increasing, with Charger AWD sales up 17 percent for 2016. Dodge researchers also discovered that of those buyers who considered an American sport coupe but did not buy one, one third said that all-wheel drive was an important consideration — and half of those bought an all-wheel drive vehicle.
With a base price of $33,395 (excluding a $1,095 destination charge), the new GT slots into the Challenger lineup between the R/T at $32,995 and the R/T Plus at $35,995. Standard Equipment includes 19-inch aluminum wheels with Hyper Black finish, P235/55R19 all-season performance tires, projector fog lights, a rear spoiler, ParkSense rear park assist and ParkView rear backup camera. The Challenger GT is easily identified by subtle GT badges on the front fenders, and it is now on sale at Dodge dealerships.
Absolutely EVERYTHING We Know So Far On The Dodge Demon!
From all we know, the 2018 SRT Dodge Demon is going to be the most powerful production car ever made—and that’s just one of many “firsts” in the quiver of this powerful machine’s arsenal.Starting this past January, Dodge has released tempting tidbits on a weekly schedule through its website www.IfYouKnowYouKnow.com. A new animated video is released each week, with a clock counting down the time to the next video. In these videos, the Demon's features are either hinted at, or spelled out plainly. There will be 15 videos in all (12 of them have been released so far).
Under the Hood
Challenger GT is powered by Dodge’s Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 producing 305 horsepower at 6350 rpm and 268 lb-ft of torque at 4800 rpm. Tuned induction and dual exhaust from the manifolds back create a wide torque band, with 90 percent of peak torque available from 1800 to 6400 rpm. The GT’s TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission includes manual-shift mode with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 18 mpg city / 27 mpg highway / 21 mpg combined. Unfortunately for fans of Dodge HEMI V8 engines, the all-wheel-drive Challenger is not be offered with HEMI power. (For enthusiasts holding out hope for a HEMI AWD version, Dodge recently introduced the 2018 Durango SRT with a 475-horsepower HEMI and high-performance AWD.)
Suspension and Vehicle Dynamic Control
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Dodge’s most aggressive entry ever into the domestic horsepower wars , the 2018 Demon, looks fast sitting completely still. With the capability to click off 9s in the quarter right off the showroom floor and a blistering 800 horsepower under the hood, it's no surprise it has the brawny aesthetics to match. Demon-specific fender flares encompass massive 315mm drag radials on all four corners (the fronts are actually a spare set for the rear), the hood is equipped with the biggest air scoop ever offered on a production vehicle, and the badging depicting the devil himself.
The Challenger GT suspension is unique from other Challenger versions, because it borrows the suspension setup of the Charger Pursuit police vehicle. Engineered to retain the handling feel of the Challenger while integrating the all-wheel-drive system, the Challenger GT rides slightly higher than other trim levels. Challenger GT is also equipped with 3-mode Electronic Stability Control that includes a full-off mode to allow the driver to drift in snow, and Vehicle Dynamic Control to maximize traction and vehicle stability in all weather conditions while retaining sporty driving characteristics.
Inside, the Challenger GT is nicely equipped including leather sport seats; heated/ventilated front seats; a heated steering wheel with power tilt and telescope; and a Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The new GT Interior package — exclusive to the Challenger GT — includes Performance Napa leather and Alcantara suede seats, and a Dodge performance steering wheel. Challenger GT offers comfortable room for the driver and front-seat passenger; being a 2-door sport coupe, the 3-passenger rear seat is a tight fit for adults. Rear visibility is limited in the interest of design, with wide C-pillars and tall shoulders, but aided by the backup camera.
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The car is amazing, it's super fast, it lifts the tires and it's street legal."Why build a car you can't race?" cried the internet.
On the Road
On the day of our press event in the Challenger GT, attending journalists awoke to freezing rain on their hotel room windows. Scheduled to drive from Portland, Maine, to Club Motorsports in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, we departed Portland in a group of Skittles-colored Challenger GTs feeling like we were in the wrong vehicles for these conditions. But as we tackled the compact snow- and ice-covered back roads of Maine and New Hampshire, we discovered the Challenger GT truly is an all-weather vehicle — stable, controlled and confidence-inspiring in adverse weather conditions.
At the Club Motorsports facility, we had the opportunity to drive a handling course — think snow-covered autocross — with ESC in full-off mode to experience the all-wheel-drive system. With no stability control nor traction control, the rear of the Challenger GT easily slid under power. But once torque transferred to the front wheels, the GT began to pull in the direction the front wheels were pointed. It was interesting to experience how the AWD alone would correct the direction of travel, and easy to see why the Challenger GT performs so well out on snowy roads.
2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD
Proof that you can teach an old pony new tricks.An American muscle car without burnouts? What’s next, a Fourth of July without fireworks? Barbecues without beer? Football without repetitive brain trauma? That’s exactly what Dodge is proposing with its all-wheel-drive Challenger GT. It robs any hope of a rear-tire fire, trading old-school juvenile fun for modern all-weather traction. It’s a segment first—and a potentially wise move to rescue sinking muscle-car sales with all-season utility.
Pentastar V6 Power
Although some Challenger enthusiasts will lament the lack of a HEMI option, the Pentastar V6 delivers significant power through a broad torque band. The reality: The Pentastar V6 is the preferred choice for a majority of Challenger buyers, and the logical choice for an AWD version. The Pentastar delivers plenty of power to make the Challenger GT fun to drive (especially with steering-wheel-mounted paddles for manual shifting), while still delivering respectable fuel economy.
Right for You?
The 2017 Dodge Challenger GT offers all-weather capability while retaining the looks and the fun-to drive character of a sport coupe. If you’ve been longing for a muscular rear-drive coupe but shied away at the thought of driving it in adverse weather conditions, the Challenger GT offers the answer you’ve been looking for.
Pros: True all-season capability; sport coupe looks; retains sporty driving character.
Cons: HEMI engines not offered with AWD; tight rear seat; rear visibility limited.
Bottom Line: Challenger receives all-wheel-drive capability while retaining its fun-to-drive sport coupe character.
Quarter Pounder: In Depth with the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon .
The Challenger SRT Demon is here for one reason alone: to scorch drag strips.One hundred fifteen. That’s the number of parts in an SRT Hellcat that Dodge changes to make a Demon. Some are made lighter, some are made stronger, and some are simply removed altogether. Compared with the total number of parts that it takes to make a running car, 115 is a small number.
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