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Dodge unveils unique Challenger GT with AWD conversion

An interesting Dodge Challenger GT concept has been unveiled at the 2015 SEMA show, entailing a complete in-house all-wheel drive conversion.

Dodge Challenger GT AWD concept

What better place for Dodge to show off such an idea than at the SEMA show – the world’s largest aftermarket auto show. Dodge is calling it a “year-round muscle car”, in that it can be driven in all weather conditions.

Starting with the powertrain, the engine is a 5.7-litre HEMI V8 that features a Scat Pack 3 Performance Kit. It includes ported heads, higher-flowing manifolds, and a full exhaust system. The kit adds around 56kW to the engine’s factory 277kW output (280kW with manual).

Behind the engine is an eight-speed automatic transmission with a specially-developed all-wheel drive system. Dodge hasn’t mentioned anything about performance figures but we’d be guessing a 0-100km/h time in well under 5.0 seconds.

Aside from the drivetrain conversion, the unique concept also features a wide-body bodykit with extended wheel arches, a new front spoiler and a neat lip spoiler at the back. It’s all painted in Destroyer Grey, matt black, with Header Orange highlights.

Dodge Challenger GT AWD concept-rear

Other cool components include 20-inch deep-dish five-spoke alloy wheels, which seem to suit the theme of the car perfectly, as well as a quad-outlet exhaust system, and a revised interior with Katzkin leather and suede.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.