Back in 2015 at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show, Dodge released a vehicle that sparked a lot of interest in the automotive community. The vehicle was the 2015 Dodge Challenger GT AWD Concept. It was the first Challenger to feature a widebody kit from the factory, giving us an early look at what the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon would look like. But it also introduced HEMI-power, backed with an all-wheel drive system to the big muscle coupe from Dodge.
HEMI muscle with all-wheel drive (AWD)? Yes, you read that right. The Dodge Challenger GT AWD Concept is a one-of-a-kind, year-round muscle car that lets you have your cake and eat it too, combining wickedly fast power and performance with the confidence of increased traction. While we do have the current Dodge Challenger SXT AWD and GT AWD models, both are powered by the 305 horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V6… not the 5.7-liter HEMI V8.
Mopar stepped outside its usual color palette in designing the Dodge Challenger GT AWD Concept, choosing Header Orange highlights to line the grille and taillight surround of the Destroyer Grey body. Header Orange continues as a distinct contrast point for the Destroyer Grey body color stripe that runs through the Matte Black paint blanketing the upper portion of the vehicle, from tip to rear. Mirror caps are also painted with Header Orange accent stripes. Destroyer Grey was such a success on this concept, that it made it to the color palette a year after the concepts debut.
The Challenger GT AWD Concept enhanced its signature muscle car proportions, bulging out with Mopar’s concept wide body kit and its massive wheel flares housing concept Mopar five-spoke wheels: 20-inch x 10-inch on the front and 20-inch x 11-inch on the rear. Mopar center caps were painted to match the body and wheels.
The body kit complimented Challenger’s heritage-inspired styling, adding an aggressive profile with a front chin splitter and rear spoiler, which were both aesthetically pleasing and functional. Additional Mopar modifications dress up the rear, including quad Mopar exhaust tips painted in a powder-coated Satin Black, a Mopar fuel filler door painted Satin Black with a unique Mopar graphic and a concept Mopar Design decklid badge.
The interior took cues from the exterior, with Header Orange stitching embellishing the rich Katzkin leather seats, center console, shifter boot and side panels. The Katzkin seats are also upgraded with medium taupe suede inserts. Additional control was gained for navigating tight corners with a flat-bottom steering wheel. Mopar door sill guards with the Challenger logo and a trunk mat round out the interior.
The vehicle’s 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine used an AWD package to power all four wheels, paired with a ZF-sourced eight-speed transmission. The 5.7-liter engine was upgraded with the Scat Pack 3 Performance Kit, which delivers a boost of up to 75 more horsepower and an additional 44 lb.-ft. of torque.
The Scat Pack 3 Performance Kit maximized gains achieved by the Scat Pack 1 and Scat Pack 2 kits by adding Mopar Performance CNC-ported cylinder heads, Mopar hi-flow manifolds and hi-flow catalysts, a gasket set, exhaust manifolds, exhaust adapter, mounting brackets, hardware and two Scat Pack 3 badges.
A concept Mopar suspension kit dropped the Challenger GT AWD Concept closer to the road, lowering the vehicle’s center of gravity for race-inspired handling, with an assist from production Mopar performance front and rear strut tower braces.
While we did get a production version in the form of a 3.6-liter powered car, the Challenger GT AWD showcased several upcoming projects from Dodge into one. It also makes the people in the snow-bound areas beg to question, where is our HEMI AWD muscle coupe?
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