As winter approaches and the final month of production for the 2023 Dodge Challenger (LA) arrives, it’s worth looking at one of Dodge’s most versatile offerings: the 2023 Dodge Challenger GT Plus Blacktop AWD.
The Challenger is a Swiss army knife in the sedan market, offering options ranging from a 300-horsepower V6 with optional all-wheel drive (AWD) to an astonishing 807-horsepower rear-wheel-drive (RWD) powerhouse, making it the fastest and most powerful mass-produced sedan globally.
While the latter may be out of reach for many, Dodge continues to refine its mid-range models. The Challenger remains impressive despite high gas prices, soaring inflation, and growing interest rates. Among the lineup, the V6-powered GT AWD stands out as a favorite for everyday driving.
The Dodge Challenger GT AWD provides all-weather driving confidence while maintaining the Challenger’s iconic muscle car attitude.
Beneath the hood lies the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, delivering 300 horsepower @ 6,350 rpm and a responsive 264 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4,800 rpm. Paired with the fast-shifting 8-speed TorqueFlite (850RE) automatic transmission. A tuned induction system and dual exhaust from the manifolds back to the tips ensure more than 90% of the engine’s peak torque from 1,800 to 6,400 rpm, enhancing drivability and responsiveness.
The Super Track Pak button activates Dodge Performance Pages and launch control features accessible via the 8.4-inch touchscreen radio. Performance data, including reaction times, 0 to 60 mph times, G-force indicator, and lap times, can be monitored and mirrored in the 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) customizable cluster display. The Challenger GT AWD also boasts a three-mode ESC with a “full-off” mode, adding to the fun factor, especially in snowy or wet conditions.
The Challenger GT’s AWD system features an active transfer case and front-axle-disconnect system, optimizing real-world fuel economy by seamlessly transitioning between RWD and AWD without driver intervention. When AWD isn’t necessary, the system automatically disconnects the front axle to maximize fuel efficiency, directing 100% of the engine’s torque to the rear wheels.
Equipped with Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), the Challenger GT AWD exhibits impressive handling on all surfaces, especially in snow and slush. VDC ensures excellent traction on slippery surfaces and aids in maintaining the desired vehicle path, enhancing on-road dynamic performance. Integrated with the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system, VDC facilitates precise front-to-rear torque control, preserving the Challenger’s fun-to-drive essence regardless of road conditions.
With production ending this month, those interested in owning this exceptional daily driver AWD muscle car may want to act fast to secure one before they’re gone. This stunning example is available at White Rock Dodge in Surrey, British Columbia.
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