Dodge Challenger Hellcat
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The Challenger is one big bruiser, with heft better suited to cruising or drag-racing at the strip than turning laps on a race track. Powertrains include the standard 305-hp 3.6-liter V-6 and an eight-speed auto; a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 makes 375 hp when paired with the standard six-speed manual and 372 hp with the optional eight-speed automatic. The Scat Pack option features a 485-hp 6.4-liter Hemi V-8; a six-speed manual is standard and a eight-speed auto is optional.
Approaching the end of a long life cycle that began in 2008, another class-exclusive boast rolls: “the world’s first and only all-wheel-drive American muscle coupe.”
For a segment so typically horsepower obsessed, braggadocio about the number of driven wheels is refreshingly offbeat. Even better for Dodge, it didn’t need to spend a lot of money on the effort. The Challenger shares its platform with the Charger sedan, which has long offered an all-wheel-drive option. Keen to cash in on its recent double-digit sales growth in AWD models, Dodge simply pillaged its parts bin for the Charger’s hardware and bolted it into the Challenger to hitch yet another model to the trend. Thus was born the Challenger GT . We’d like to imagine that the baptism included jeering and tomatoes thrown at the rear-drive-only Mustang and Camaro.
Ford and Chevy could lob a few tomatoes back at Dodge, given that the GT can be had only with the base Challenger’s 3.6-liter V-6 engine. Dodge says the aim was to offer all-wheel drive to a maximum of customers, and since it sells more six-cylinder Challengers than those powered by any of the three available V-8s, the V-6 got the nod.
The 305-hp Pentastar V-6 isn’t a total letdown, even though the GT must contend with another 200 pounds or so of front driveshafts, a transfer case, and larger standard wheels. The extra poundage associated with all-wheel drive strains the six off the line, yet once the car is underway, the eight-speed automatic’s wide ratio spread keeps the V-6 huffing along. A Sport mode strips the transmission of its inhibitions, loosening the requirements for initiating downshifts and holding onto lower gears longer. Drivers can swat the shift lever or use small steering-wheel shift paddles to manually select ratios, but quick responses shouldn’t be expected.