Dodge will launch an all-wheel-drive Challenger muscle car this fall, followed in 2017 by a widebody version of its venerable 707-horsepower Challenger Hellcat, ahead of the American muscle car’s complete redesign in 2018 or 2019.
UPDATE: This post originally referred to rumours of an AWD Hellcat, which have apparently been refuted. It’s been edited for accuracy.
The new Challenger Hellcat ADR will feature wider performance tires, necessitating a wide-body kit–a measure sure to puff up the car’s already muscular looks, reports Automotive News. (Dodge’s wide-body concept from SEMA 2015 is pictured above.)
Current Challenger and Charger Hellcats make due with relatively skinny 275-mm-section rear tires, which struggle to put the immense power to the ground.
The new AWD Challenger due out this fall may share a significant number of drivetrain components with the forthcoming Jeep Grand Cherokee Hellcat, a vehicle tasked with transferring 707 hp through all four wheels.
The car, which Dodge will dub the Challenger GT AWD, is also expected to carve corners with more grip while delivering better handling characteristics. It will likely prove attractive to drivers who would like to use the vehicle year-round, occasionally traversing snow-covered roads.
All-new Dodge Challenger and Charger models are expected to launch in 2018 or 2019; they will inherit the Alfa Romeo Guilia platform, and will thereby shave hundreds of pounds from their curb weights. Look for sharper performance and improved fuel economy thanks to the weight savings.