Dodge has brought back the popular Charger GT all-wheel-drive (AWD) model for the 2020 model year. A lot of people questioned why Dodge would ditch the performance Charger GT AWD model after only a year of production, especially when the Challenger has continued to feature two AWD models. Now, Dodge is expanding the Charger’s lineup by expanding the AWD offerings for the Charger and giving the GT AWD model more of a performance treatment than ever before.
Even though the 2020 Dodge Charger GT AWD lacks the power of the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 like Charger AWD models of the past, the GT AWD continues to feature the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V6. The Pentastar delivers 300 horsepower at 6,350 rpm and a responsive 264 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,800 rpm and is paired to an 8-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission. Thanks to a tuned induction system and dual exhaust from the manifolds back to the tips, the Charger GT AWD delivers more than 90 % of the engine’s peak torque from 1,800 to 6,400 rpm. The Charger GT AWD offers an EPA-estimated 18 city/27 highway miles per gallon (mpg).
When the 2020 Dodge Charger GT AWD isn’t using its all-wheel-drive system for added capability, the all-wheel-drive system is automatically disengaged and sends 100% of the Pentastar V6’s power to the rear wheels of the vehicle. When the vehicle’s all-wheel-drive system detects that there is slippage, the system automatically engages the front wheels, instantly transmission the car into all-wheel-drive mode.
Enhanced with Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), the Charger GT AWD has impressive handling on all surfaces, especially snow and slush. VDC provides excellent traction on slippery surfaces and also helps the driver maintain the desired vehicle path. Enhancing the on-road dynamic performance using precise front-to-rear torque control integrated with the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system, VDC maintains the fun-to-drive character of the Charger, regardless of road conditions.
For the first time, the Dodge Charger GT AWD adds the performance exterior from performance models like the Charger Scat Pack and last year’s 2019 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. The new-look adds the SRT performance hood, front fascia, sculpted side sills, spoiler, high-bolstered seats, and performance steering wheel with paddle shifters makes sure that you know that this is Dodge’s performance all-wheel-drive offering.
“Most people think of Chargers and Challengers as high-performance muscle cars, which clearly they are, but they can also be four-season capable AWD performance cars,” said Tim Kuniskis, Global Head of Alfa Romeo and Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “Only Dodge offers vehicles that combine practicality and all-weather driving confidence without sacrificing muscle car attitude.”
All Charger GT AWD models will come standard with all-wheel-drive tuned suspension, 3.07 rear axle ratio, Dodge Performance Pages with the 8.4-inch Uconnect screen, Houndstooth cloth high-bolstered performance seats and Dark Dub Plate instrument panel. GT AWD models feature P235/55R19 BSW all-season performance tires mounted on 19-inch aluminum wheels in a Satin Carbon finish or an optional in Black Noise. Projector LED fog lamps, ParkSense rear park assist, and ParkView rear backup camera are also standard equipment.