2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
When future product timelines are pushed back, fall back to spinning things off your hottestÂ model.Â That’s exactly what Dodge is doing, according to Automotive News, as it moves to introduce yet another 707-hp Hellcat-V-8âpowered variantÂ to its lineup next year, a wide-body, rear-wheel-drive Challenger Hellcat dubbed the Challenger ADR. Dodge also will introduce, for the first time, an all-wheel-drive non-SRT Challenger. TheseÂ should pique consumer interest until theÂ automaker’s delayed next-generation vehicles, including theÂ replacements for the Charger sedan and Challenger coupe,Â arrive aroundÂ 2018.
The Challenger ADR will sport flared bodywork that should amp up its visual menace to a degree finally equal to the bodacious 707-hp supercharged V-8 found between its front fenders. For a peek at whatÂ the Hellcat-powered ADR might look like, we’d look no further than the GT AWD concept Dodge debuted at the 2015 SEMA aftermarket show in Las Vegas. It’s not clear ifÂ the ADR will port over that bodywork essentially unchanged, but we hope it doesâthe GT AWD looked perfect.
But wait, there’s more! In addition to its visuals, the GT AWD concept also seems to have provided a hint at the Challenger’s mechanical future withÂ its all-wheel-drive system. Indeed, Dodge will create its first all-wheel-drive pony car in the form of a new V-6âpowered model called, yes, theÂ GT AWD. If adding all-wheel-drive to the Challenger so late in its life cycleÂ seems like a lot of work for only a short periodâthe car will be replaced in 2018 with a new model on the Alfa Romeo Giulia platformâthe technical hurdles were likely relatively minor, consideringÂ the mechanically similar Charger sedan has offered all-wheel-drive since it was introduced inÂ 2006. All-wheel drive also plays a large role in sales of the Charger Pursuit police package, too.
Now the thing to do, of course, is to spread all-wheel-drive to a ChallengerÂ Hellcat model, which would allowÂ the traction-limited car to finally claw the pavement with all four paws. But if one of those isn’t on the way, at leastÂ the Hellcat/AWD combo will be availableÂ inÂ the forthcoming, long-anticipated Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.
Update: This story has been corrected to remove the erroneous mention of an AWD Challenger Hellcat model; no such car is currently forthcoming. We deeply regret the error.