Dodge competitor plays its trump card All wheel drive

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The competitor GT comes with the Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 rated at 305 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque. It teams with an eight-speed TorqueFlight automatic transmission and is estimated to get 18 miles per gallon in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. An FCA representative said no manual transmission or V8 models will be accessible on the all-wheel-drive competitor. It will be on display in January at the Detroit zoommasti car techhnology.

All-wheel drive is a extensively expected addition for the competitor. The coupe shares underpinnings with the four-door Charger, which offers an all-wheel drive alternate and the cars have similar powertrain offerings (the AWD Charger is also V6 and automatic only). Naturally, the competitor borrows the Charger’s AWD system and during regular driving conditions, the front axle disengages and full torque goes to the back wheels, allowing the Challenger to function as a rear-wheel drive car. It automatically goes back to AWD when more traction is needed. Handling is also fortified with a vehicle dynamic control system. Conversely, the electronic stability control has three modes and can be switched off for drift-happy enthusiasts.

The GT has features familiar to other competitor and Dodge owners, including an 8.4-inch touchscreen radio, Performance Pages (accessible through the Super Trak Pack button), and paddle shifters. A Sport Mode changes shift points to improve hurrying. It all rolls on 19-inch wheels wrapped in all-season rubber. The exterior gets a hood bulge, LED head- and taillights, and a decklid spoiler.

The competitor GT also offers a $995-center package different than RWD models, adding Nappa leather, Alcantara suede seats, a nine-speaker Alpine audio system, performance steering wheel, and more.

All of that is just window dressing. It’s all-wheel drive that could be a difference-maker for customers. The competitor won’t likely be able to take down the Mustang, which will finish 2016 as the pony car sales king. It’s moved 98,868 units through November, well ahead of the second-place Camaro’s 65,705 sales. The Challenger is right behind the Chevy, with 59,176. All-wheel drive might be enough to edge it ahead of the Bow-Tie bruiser in ’17, upending the traditional pecking order. The Motor City muscle coupe wars just escalated. Rapidly.