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2018 Dodge Challenger GT AWD Review – Straight Outta Brampton

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2018 Dodge Challenger GT front quarter

2018 Dodge Challenger GT

three.6-liter V6, DOHC (305 hp @ 6,350 rpm, 268 lb-ft @ four,800 rpm)

Eight-velocity automated transmission, all-wheel drive

18 metropolis / 27 freeway / 21 mixed (EPA Score, MPG)

23.7 (noticed mileage, MPG)

Base Worth: $34,590 (USD)

As Examined: $38,965

Costs embrace $1,095 freight cost.

The gentleman subsequent to me rotated his arm within the common “roll-down-your-window” maneuver, regardless that the precise movement is totally overseas to many drivers on this period of ubiquitous electric window lifts. I did, revealing a gray-haired gentleman sporting a Naval ship hat, sitting behind the wheel of a pristine, home full-size half-ton pickup truck.

“I knew it’d be a younger man behind the wheel of that car. That’s a younger man’s car. That’s the sort of car I’d have if I have been younger such as you.” His eyes have to be failing him a bit — how else would he miss the gray in my beard? With forty inbound like a careening freight practice, I respect the inference that I’m a younger man in his eyes, and thanked him for each his compliments and his service.

Usually, I’d finish a dialog like this with a rumble of throttle in appreciation — however I didn’t need to disappoint our sailor with the sounds of a minivan engine. So I motored off in relative silence. Whereas this V6-powered, all-wheel drive Dodge Challenger GT doesn’t have the aural pleasures of its Hemi-powered brethren, it clearly nonetheless makes individuals take discover.

2018 Dodge Challenger GT front

Sure, I stated a minivan engine. The three.6-liter V6 fitted to this Challenger GT is principally the identical Pentastar fitted to my every day City & Nation and numerous different Mopar merchandise. At 305 horsepower, this V6 compares properly to the V8 engines fitted to pony automobiles 15 years in the past. It simply doesn’t sound as pretty as a correct V8.

And, sure, it’s all-wheel drive. It’s Canadian, in any case — inbuilt Brampton, Ontario. Hockey apply merely can’t be missed.

2018 Dodge Challenger GT rear

I do know — the essence of a pony car is a V8 and rear-wheel drive. However actually, because the introduction of the style in 1964, many extra 4 or six-cylinder fashions have been bought than their V8 counterparts, which affirms that the majority consumers purchase such a car for appears first. And regardless that this similar basic car has been round for 10 years, the Challenger is clearly nonetheless fairly able to turning heads.

Actually, the one grievance I’ve concerning the Challenger GT is the relative lack of decoration — V8 fashions put on any mixture of wider wheels, flared fenders, greater scoops on the hood, tape stripe packages, and spoilers. This Challenger GT appears a bit demure, with comparatively slender 7.5-inch wheels entrance and rear shod with 235/fifty five-19 tires leaving the car showing beneath-drained. The darkish gray multi-spoke wheels do look fairly good on this car. I do completely love the F8 Inexperienced end on this car (few automobiles can pull off the olive drab look in type), however the Challenger does it. Name it Milspec Metallic, or one thing like that — it’s beautiful in individual.

2018 Dodge Challenger GT interior

The interior works properly, although the comparatively brief wheelbase means rear passengers don’t get fairly as a lot room as they’d like. I needed to transfer my seat ahead a bit any time my 5-foot-four-inch daughter rode behind me, until I needed knees in my kidneys. However the entrance seats have been fairly snug and supportive whereas hustling the large coupe via the corners. The leather-based-and-Alcantara seats are each heated and ventilated — fortunately, because the suede-like materials can get heat on naked legs in summer time warmth.

2018 Dodge Challenger GT center stack

I’ve stated it earlier than: I really like Chrysler’s UConnect infotainment system. Whereas there are numerous menus to toggle via to vary settings, the steadily-used ones might be dragged to the menu bar on the backside of the eight.four-inch display. Every little thing works shortly, with many controls duplicated on the steering wheel and on the decrease half of the middle console. Normal Apple CarPlay and Android Auto complement the SiriusXM and Bluetooth streaming capabilities.

2018 Dodge Challenger GT dashboard

Cargo area is listed as sixteen.2 cubic ft, however it looks like much more than that, because the trunk is remarkably deep. The raise-over peak is a bit greater than most, nevertheless, so huge instances of longnecks or heavy pails of cat litter should be hoisted a bit to stow correctly. A cut up folding rear seat provides extra utility.

Relying on who you consider, the Challenger GT can hustle from zero-60 within the low six-second range, which not way back was a powerful determine. I didn’t get an opportunity to run instrumented checks, however I can consider it. It’s not massively fast, however 305 hp paired with all-wheel traction helps this huge car transfer. It’s all drama-free with no tire squeal. The electric energy steering is a bit numb, however I’m in any other case impressed with how strong this comparatively previous platform feels when pushed. It’s a sturdy, snug experience, whether or not on metropolis streets or on an extended interstate drive. I’d haven’t any hesitation hopping on this tomorrow and driving throughout the nation.

2018 Dodge Challenger GT gauges

I noticed slightly below 24 mpg on my week in combined driving — an extended drive would possible internet the EPA 27 mpg freeway estimate. And, in contrast to the V8-powered Challengers, this V6 is completely completely satisfied on 87 octane.

It isn’t your typical pony car, however that’s completely high quality. The Dodge Challenger GT works brilliantly as a commuter car, and is even a little bit of enjoyable to drive. It’s simply not as rowdy as its V8-powered siblings. It supplies all the type, minus the fuel financial system penalties.

2018 Dodge Challenger GT profile

[Images: © 2018 Chris Tonn/TTAC]

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