2015 Dodge Challenger GT AWD Concept

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Mopar, Chrysler’ s parts, service and customer care division, has been using the SEMA Show to display numerous wild concept cars for quite a few years now, and the 2015 edition is no exception. This year’s display was a bit more special, however, as alongside the visually-enhanced Chryslers, Dodges, Rams and Fiats, Mopar also showcased an all-wheel drive Challenger.

Yes, you read that right! Mopar just built a V-8-powered muscle car that combines power and performance with the confidence of increased traction that comes with an AWD system. Most old-school enthusiasts might find it profane, but to others the Challenger GT AWD Concept may be like a dream come true.

Unfortunately, since this show car isn’t likely to become a production vehicle, chances of seeing it in showrooms anytime soon are rather slim. It remains to be seen whether the next-generation Challenger will get an AWD option or not, but until then all we can do is have a closer look at this unique concept car.

Exterior

Dodge Challenger GT AWD Concept

The GT AWD Concept stands out thanks to its special paint job and Mopar’s new concept wide body kit.

Essentially a Challenger on steroids, the GT AWD Concept stands out thanks to its special paint job and Mopar’s new concept wide body kit. The latter adds massive fender flares, a front splitter, and a trunk lid spoiler, making the coupe as menacing as a Hellcat. The standard wheels have also been replaced with bespoke, 20-inch, five-spoke wheels finished in matte-gray. Other features that enhance the Challenger’s appearance include Mopar exhaust tips painted in a powder-coated Satin Black, a Mopar fuel cap painted Satin Black with a unique “Mopar” logo, and a concept Mopar Design decklid badge.

The coupe also sits closer to the road thanks to a concept Mopar suspension kit. Featuring performance front and rear strut tower braces, the new suspension system lowers the vehicle’s center of gravity and delivers “race-inspired handling.”

Then there’s the special livery that combines a Destroyer Grey body with a Matte Black upper section, as well as Header Orange accents. The bright-orange hue, which can be had on the production Challenger, highlights both the front and rear fascias, the mirror caps, as well as the grey stripe that runs through the black engine hood, roof, and trunk lid. Finally, the concept received orange “GT AWD” badges on the front grille and the rear spoiler.

Interior

Dodge Challenger GT AWD Concept

The interior is not as spectacular as the exterior, but the GT AWD Concept boasts a few features you can’t have on the production Challenger. The bolstered seats are wrapped in black leather and taupe seating surfaces, and have Header Orange contrast stitching. The same stitching is visible on the shifter and the unique, flat-bottom steering wheel. Chrome Mopar door sill guards with “Challenger” lettering round out the bespoke cabin.

Drivetrain

The GT AWD Concept gets a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine upgraded with the Scat Pack 3 Performance Kit that can deliver up to 450 HP and 454 LB-FT

The GT AWD Concept gets its juice from a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine upgraded with the Scat Pack 3 Performance Kit. The tweaked mill can deliver up to 450 horsepower and 454 pound-feet of torque, which is a 75-horsepower and 44-pound-feet improvement over the standard unit. All that extra oomph comes from the Mopar Performance, CNC-ported cylinder heads, Mopar hi-flow manifolds and hi-flow catalysts, exhaust manifolds, and the exhaust adapter that come with the Scat Pack 3 Performance Kit.

The power travels to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive system. Dodge had nothing to say about the AWD package, but it’s safe to assume it is sourced from another Chrysler product.

There’s no word on performance either, but given that the standard 5.7-liter model needs about five seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start with the automatic transmission, the extra power and torque, as well as the AWD system should make the GT AWD Concept significantly quicker than that. My best guess is 0-to-60 comes in around 4.7 seconds, which would make the concept nearly as quick as the 6.4-liter, V-8 Challengers.

Conclusion

Dodge Challenger GT AWD Concept

Arguably, the most interesting vehicle the folks over at FCA showcased at the 2015 SEMA Show, the Challenger GT AWD is the kind of concept car I love and hate at the same time. I love it because of its tremendous livery and for the fact that it proves that Chrysler can think out of the box when it comes to muscle cars. On the other hand, I hate it because it will remain just a concept. As an old-school gearhead that would trade a brand-new BMW M4 for a beat up ’Cuda, AWD muscle cars aren’t my cup of tea, but it’s the 21st century and AWD Challengers, Mustangs, and Camaros shouldn’t be a definite no-no. A production version of the Challenger GT AWD could revolutionize the whole segment. Just think about what a Challenger Hellcat with AWD would do to all the fancy supercars out there…

LOVE IT

  • Gorgeous paint scheme
  • Bespoke interior
  • Enhanced performance due to Scat Pack upgrades and AWD system

LEAVE IT

  • Just a concept car
  • Many Mopar parts and accessories not yet ready for production

Press Release

It’s V-8 muscle with all-wheel drive. 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.

Dodge Challenger GT AWD Concept

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.

The Challenger GT AWD Concept enhances 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 are painted to match the body and wheels.

The body kit compliments Challenger’s heritage-inspired styling, adding an aggressive profile with a front chin splitter and rear spoiler, which are 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 takes 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 is 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 uses an AWD package to power all four wheels, paired with an eight-speed transmission. The 5.7-liter engine is 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 maximizes gains achieved by the Scat Pack 1 and Scat Pack 2 kits by adding new 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. The Scat Pack 3 kit — as with Scat Pack 1 and 2 — boosts performance while maintaining the factory warranty.

A concept Mopar suspension kit drops 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.

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