The 2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD will become the world’s first-ever all-wheel-drive production muscle car, and the only muscle car capable of traversing Canadian snow-covered winter roads with all-four traction, when it arrives in dealerships the first quarter of 2017.

The Challenger has stuck closely to its 1970s-era styling and design heritage. But, while fun on wet or dry summer roads, its rear-wheel-drive layout has been a limiting factor in the car’s usefulness as an all-season daily driver.

Dodge says the addition of AWD to its two-door muscle car will render it a viable option for “twisty stretches of mountain roads” and “daily commutes through the slush and snow of Canada’s winters.”

By including an active transfer case with front-axle disconnect in its AWD system, the Dodge Challenger will retain its RWD handling characteristics until the traction limits of the rear wheels are exceeded. In other words, the AWD Challenger will feel RWD under most driving conditions while offering AWD traction when called upon.

The front-axle disconnect feature will also enable the Challenger to achieve exemplary fuel economy figures due to minimized parasitic energy losses in the drivetrain. Paired with Dodge’s Pentastar 3.6-litre V6 engine, the Challenger GT AWD is said to consume 12.8 L/100km in the city and 8.7 L/100km on the highway.

Horsepower figures remain healthy; the Challenger GT AWD’s V6 will spin out 305 horsepower at 6,350 rpm and 268 lb-ft of torque at 4,800 rpm, with 90 percent of the engine’s torque available from only 1,800 rpm.

“Dodge is shifting the muscle car paradigm with the new 2017 Dodge Challenger GT—the world’s first and only all-wheel drive North American muscle coupe,” said Tim Kuniskis, head of passenger cars for Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and Fiat.

“The Challenger has always been the most wide-ranging and functional muscle coupe, and now, with the new 305 horsepower all-wheel-drive Challenger GT, we are stretching the functional and geographic boundaries even further.”

The 2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD will arrive in Canadian showrooms in the new year with a sticker price of $38,545.

(FCA)