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2020 DODGE CHARGER GT AWD IS HOW A MUSCLE CAR ATTACKS THE SNOW

Dealer Orders Open In January

Dodge Charger

Winter is no longer coming. Winter is here. Normally, for the RWD muscle car enthusiast, that tends to mean garaging up the prized pony, and living through the next couple of months in the seasonal beater. At the very least, it should mean a set of winter tires. Thankfully, there’s the 2020 Dodge Charger GT AWD, and it’s the happy balance between providing muscle car style with all-wheel-drive to better handle the elements with confidence.

At a starting U.S. manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $34,995 (excluding $1,495 destination charge), here’s what you get:

  • 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine standard on Charger GT AWD, delivers 300 horsepower at 6,350 rpm and a responsive 264 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,800 rpm mated to the omnipresent TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic.
  • A segment-exclusive detachable transfer case, which is completely computer controlled. The front wheels are disengaged and 100 percent of the engine’s torque is directed to the rear wheels. This preserves the outstanding fun-to-drive performance and handling characteristics inherent to rear-wheel-drive vehicles. When sensors indicate the need for additional traction, the system automatically engages the front wheels, instantly transitioning Charger GT AWD into all-wheel-drive mode. Sport mode activates full-time AWD.
  • 18 mpg city, 27 mpg highway
  • A tuned induction system and dual exhaust from the manifolds back to the tips help deliver more than 90 percent of the engine’s peak torque from 1,800 to 6,400 RPM
  • Standard performance hood, front and rear fascias, sculpted side sills, performance rear spoiler, projector LED fog lamps, and rear parking assist
  • All-wheel-drive suspension, 3.07 rear axle ratio
  • P235/55R19 BSW all-season performance tires mounted on 19-inch aluminum wheels in a Satin Carbon finish, optional in Black Noise
  • Performance steering wheel with paddle shifters, Dodge Performance Pages with the 8.4-inch Uconnect screen, Houndstooth cloth high-bolstered performance seats and Dark Dub Plate instrument panel.
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC). The VDC software is integrated with the vehicle’s Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system, and is meant to provide confident traction on slippery surfaces and also helps the driver maintain the desired vehicle path by channelling and controlling the torque either up front or in the rear.

The 2020 Dodge Charger GT AWD joins more entry-level Charger SXT AWD in dealer showrooms, giving more AWD options and a broader range of price points. For those looking for an AWD coupe, the 2020 Dodge Challenger SXT and GT AWD are also available.

Dealer orders for Charger GT AWD will be open for orders in January, and vehicles are scheduled to arrive in Dodge dealerships in the first quarter of 2020.

No, it doesn’t have the Hemi V8, but with all of that snow in the forecast, is that really a bad thing?

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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