Over the past few years, Dodge has started to refer to themselves as the Brotherhood of Muscle. The tagline may conjure supremely macho images, but the name refers to their product line more than anything else. That is because Dodge is in the business of exclusively selling muscle cars at all levels of performance. Whether you need a 305 horsepower V6 or a 797 horsepower supercharged V8, there is a Dodge Challenger or Dodge Charger out there for you. FCA will even sell you an all-wheel drive variant of both of these muscle cars, for buyers who experience that dreaded thing called winter. According to MoparInsiders, FCA has made a long-awaited change to all of the AWD Dodge muscle cars for the 2021 model year.
For years now Dodge Challenger and Charger owners who option AWD have received their cars with a set of various 19-inch x 7.5-inch wheels. This size was chosen because of its narrow width, which is beneficial for churning through snow. The wheel requires awkward size tires however, which made it hard for owners to find performance-oriented rubber for non-winter driving. Combine this with the fact that the wheels aren’t that attractive looking, and you can start to understand why buyers wanted a change. Dodge has listened, and 2021 brings a new 20-inch x 8-inch aluminum wheel design.
While the size change doesn’t seem too dramatic, it brings the AWD Dodge muscle cars in line with their RWD counterparts. This means that buyers will be able to purchase the same high-performance tires as other Challenger or Charger owners. These upsized rims will come as standard on both the Challenger and Charger GT AWD models. For those looking to purchase the more mundane SXT variant of the AWD Dodge muscle cars, you’ll have to spec the Plus Group to option the new wheels.
The current lineup of Dodge muscle cars may be aging, but FCA has used that time to refine these machines. The brand is committed to listening to what customers want, and they continue to make adjustments. While in the past that has meant adding a bunch more horsepower, this is also a change that buyers are sure to appreciate.