With the exception of the 707hp Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, the Dodge muscle always fell behind the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro. But, with the arrival of the Mustang GT500 and Camaro ZL1 edging in, even the Hellcat is in a precarious position.
However, Dodge will not be letting its rivals win this time. The automaker is reported to be working on some extensive upgrades to the next-gen Challenger which is said to arrive in 2018. It will include a feature that even Mustang and Camaro fans won’t be able to look past.
According to Automotive News, the upcoming Challenger will come with a new variant, dubbed the GT AWD. This all-new model will be replacing its V8 engine with a V6 engine that would be channeling power to the all-wheel drive setup.
Dodge would be the first to apply this to a model from the small muscle car segment. Despite the Mustang and Camaro coming with AWD concepts as well, the option is not available when purchasing these ponies.
On top of that, there is also word on another powerful Challenger Hellcat which is expected to be called the ADR. Expect to see this vehicle making the most of its 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine along with the addition of a widebody kit.