What was once speculation is now fact. The all-wheel-drive Dodge Challenger GT is expected to arrive in the first quarter of 2017, but before all you performance fans start celebrating, the GT will only be available with the basic 3.6-liter V-6, just as it is with the four-door Dodge Charger (both cars share the same basic architecture). Still, with 305 horsepower, the V-6 is no slouch, even though it will have to contend with about 4,400 pounds of vehicle weight. On the other hand, Challenger GT buyers in snowbound winter regions who can afford the $34,500 base price can more safely drive their coupes year-round instead of stashing their steeds away for the winter. Now will Ford and Chevrolet follow suit with AWD versions of the Mustang and Camaro?

The all-wheel-drive Dodge Challenger will be of particular interest to buyers in snowy regions who what to drive their cars every day, all year, although AWD will not find its way into the performance models. (PHOTO: MANUFACTURER)

AWD Challenger is ready, but it’s about utility, not performance: