The current Dodge Charger has been produced since 2005, but is not going to retire yet – the demand for the model is stable, and the third quarter of this year was the most successful for the Charger in the last 13 years. The reason is simple – an escape from the segment of the Ford and Chevrolet brands, the manufacturers of which decided to focus exclusively on the SUV segment, pickups and electric cars. According to the results of three quarters of this year, Dodge Charger found 71 106 buyers in the USA, 35 433 units were sold second for Chevy Impala, which will leave the market soon, Chrysler 300 – third place – 23 693 pcs., Toyota Avalon fourth – 22 453 units, and in the tail of the segment, the Kia K900, which is of little interest in America, is woven – only 311 copies are sold.
FCA skillfully maintains interest in Chargera with all sorts of charged modifications: for example, in the summer, the stock sedan Widebody appeared with extended wheel arches. All-wheel drive version of AWD is addressed mainly to practical buyers from the northern states and Canada, where, as in Russia, roads can be snowed for six months. For a number of technical reasons, the car’s all-wheel drive system with a power take-off clutch on the front axle only interfaces with the 3.6 V6 Pentastar engine (304 hp, 358 Nm) and the 8-speed hydromechanical “automatic” TorqueFlite. To meet the needs of customers for a more manly-looking all-weather sedan, the manufacturer decided to offer Charger AWD in the GT configuration, and not just in the base SXT.
Options GT means more expressive bumpers and sills, a hood with an air intake, a spoiler on the trunk lid, two large round tailpipes, 19-inch alloy wheels, a sports steering wheel with manual gearshift paddles, an additional tab in the multimedia menu with an overload indicator and a stopwatch (you can measure the acceleration time and lap times).
By default, all power is supplied to the rear wheels, and only in the event of a slippage the electronics connect the front axle, but there is also a forced preload clutch mode – it is activated by the Sport button. In addition, the Charger GT AWD allows you to completely disable the stabilization system, and enjoy drifting on the snowy plains.
Dodge Charger GT AWD can be ordered from dealers in January at a price of $ 34,995. For comparison, we say that the usual Charger SXT AWD costs $ 33,570, that is, the surcharge for the muscular appearance is relatively small.