This 1 car is the only American AWD coupe

With the growing popularity of SUVs, electric vehicles, crossovers and trucks, cars are fighting to stay relevant. American automakers like Dodge and Chevrolet are producing fewer coupes and sedans, and even fewer of those cars are available with all-wheel drive (AWD). In fact, the Dodge Challenger is the only mass-produced American coupe on the market with grippy, weather-friendly all-wheel drive as an option.

Which coupe has AWD?

Since 2017, Dodge has launched the Challenger and Charger with AWD. Models are badged GT and SXT and have the option for AWD. Additionally, both cars are true coupes, with no convertible variant and a torquey 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine.

A Dodge Challenger at a show | Raymond Boyd, Getty Images

Is there an AWD V8 Challenger?

Unfortunately, Dodge never produced the Challenger GT or SXT AWD with a V8 option. The lack of a V8 is a bummer, given the library of high-horsepower engines available for Challengers and Chargers. It would have been crazy to see a 5.7L Hemi engine, a 6.4L V8 or a supercharged 6.2L Hellcat engine with grippy all-wheel drive. As a result, consumers who want an AWD coupe will have to settle for around 300 horsepower instead of the more than 800 of other Dodge engines.

Will there ever be a V8 AWD Challenger?

The AWD Challenger is the only new American AWD coupe
Dodge Interior | Jim Mahoney, Getty Images

It’s unlikely there will ever be a Dodge Challenger with a V8 and all-wheel drive. Although there was no factory option, determined builders could build their own V8 AWD Challenger. Although it doesn’t have a factory V8 AWD variant, the Challenger still outperforms its Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro rivals. Neither the Ford nor the Chevrolet offer all-wheel drive on any trim level. However, the Camaro and Mustang offer a convertible, which the Challenger does not.

Are there any alternatives?

Unfortunately, there are no domestic mass-produced AWD coupe options other than the Dodge Challenger. However, if you’re willing to shop second-hand, there’s another option. Just three years ago, Cadillac produced a two-door ATS coupe.

According to TrueCar, Cadillac offered the ATS coupe with a choice of 2.0L four-cylinder and 3.6L six-cylinder engines. If the legendary Cadillac badge isn’t enough to sway you, the 3.6L option produces 335 horsepower, making it more powerful than a new Dodge Challenger with all-wheel drive.

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Will there be American AWD coupes in the future?

Although Dodge has announced that the future of the company is electric and that Challenger is on the way out, all may not be lost. The next generation of muscle cars will likely feature partial and full electrification and some AWD offerings. Frankly, recent glimpses of how the upcoming Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 handles in snow and ice suggest the mid-engined supercar will gain all-wheel drive.

The next generation of electric vehicles will likely include AWD coupes. For example, Tesla plans to launch another Roadster, and many California-based electric vehicle companies are considering AWD cars.

Scroll down to the next article to learn more about the Dodge Challenger and Charger.

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