Originally Posted by OldSchoolDropout
I read a while back that the reason Dodge stopped offering the 5.7 with AWD drive train was because they were losing money having to make good on the powertrain warranties. The AWD system couldn't handle all the "usage" that they were being put through. Thus the reason AWD is limited to the V6 now, seems like they could get some help from Jeep and upgrade the AWD system and at least offer it as an option if people want it and are willing pay for it.
Yeah, hard launches in an AWD car put a LOT of stress on the driveline; things will wear out and break fairly quickly.
Which is why I don't think Dodge will ever release an AWD Hellcat to the public; owners will destroy these things at the track in very short order.
Yeah, what Ron ^^^ said.
My '07 R/T was awesome in the snow, but with the standard 5.7 it was still lacking for power, which is what made me do all kinds of mods looking for more power ... and it still wasn't all that fast.[...]
The issue with AWD drivelines is more losses; instead of the traditional 17~20% for RWD, we're looking at 25% and sometimes more.
And, it gets worst, because the AWD driveline is significantly heavier than the RWD driveline (transfer case, front diff, additional shaft to the front diff).
And, we all know Charger is not light to begin with...
A 392 AWD Charger would provide more oomph, but, then again, people will go around hard launching these things any chance they get and that won't end well