Dodge has decided to go completely against the grain with their new Challenger GT, which, unlike any other American muscle coupe, features AWD for the very 1st time.

The AWD system is based on that of the Charger AWD. This means under normal driving conditions, the Challenger is 100% rear-wheel drive. Only once the car senses the need for more traction will the front wheel receive drive.

This system works completely unbeknown to the driver, with transitions happening seamlessly and effortlessly.

More lunacy from Dodge as the decided to fit the Challenger GT AWD with a V6! The 3.6-litre engine is the company’s award-winning Pentastar unit, which produces 227 kW in this guise.

The interior has also seen some renovations, with the addition of an 8.4” touchscreen. This controls the infotainment system as well as the driver-orientated functions, such as the Launch Control, G-Force Indicator, Lap Timer and so on.

What Dodge effectively tried to do is transform the Challenger into a year-round, versatile muscle coupe that can be easily tamed and driven in the most extreme weather conditions…

Question is, does this go against the traditional muscle car philosophy?