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Armored AWD Hellcat

Discussion in 'Mopar / FCA News' started by TheViking, Sep 7, 2018.

  1. TheViking

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    Mad Max just got a new ride.
     
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    Ram Rebel TRX upgrade, here we go!
     
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  4. aldo90731

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    Nice.

    But why not start with a Jeep GC Trackhawk? It already has the 6.2 SC HEMI and AWD, no?
     
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  5. hmk123

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    How do the do the AWD modification? That is not coming from Dodge, right?
     
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  6. Zagnut27

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    Bullet resistant. There ain’t no such animal as bulletproof. That’s like saying the Titanic was unsinkable.
     
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  7. VoiceOfReason

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    True, but I'll take bullet resistant over stock any day.
     
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  8. Zagnut27

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    True, though heavy armor can impede the ability to outrun a threat. With 707 HP, that may not be an issue. :D
     
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    What neighborhoods are you driving thru?
     
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  10. aldo90731

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    It started to rain yesterday after a 3-month dry spell —that’s as close to a drought as we are likely to get up here in the PNW.

    There was a beautiful F8 Green Dodge Charger Hellcat, 707 HP and all, unable to leave a parking lot because the rear wheels kept spinning in place on a driveway with a mild incline.

    After such a long dry period, roads are bound to get slick from a sudden rain. I’m sure the summer tires didn’t help. But it was a sorry sight for a $80,000 car.

    FCA should make AWD standard on anything with 500+ HP and offer RWD as a delete option.

    —either that or make available 500+ HP HEMIs standard with AWD on Chryslers
     
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  11. Ryan

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    Hellcat is into supercar territory. Trade offs and compromises in drivability are part of that, so that’s nothing unexpected.

    That said, AWD would be a nice option on every trim level and engine configuration.
     
  12. aldo90731

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    That was true 20 years ago. Today, the higher the price, the fewer compromises consumers expect to make. Period.

    AWD is conspicuously absent on a car approaching $100,000.
     
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  13. Ryan

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    I watched a video about an hour ago about living with a supercar and having to avoid rough roads or anything that could scrape your car as well as extremely low visibility and hard entry and exit.

    The Hellcat is still far more livable that most other supercars in that sense.
     
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    That is true: sports cars are a pain in some ways. But technology innovations have gotten us used to have our cake and eat it, too.

    AWD technology is at a point where the drawbacks in terms added weight and drag on fuel economy are minuscule; particularly considering the performance gains.

    There are videos out there of drag races between AWD Jeep Trackhawks and RWD Dodge Hellcats. You should watch them. It’s not even a contest! Despite the whopping 1,000-lb advantage the RWD Dodge cars have.
     
  15. Ryan

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    I’m sure the next generation will take that into consideration. IIRC, the AWD hardware wouldn’t allow larger brakes to fit and wheel size is limited to 19”.
     
  16. aldo90731

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    Seriously...!?

    Looks like someone in Utah was able to figure it out...
     
  17. Ryan

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    They also added armor. Doesn’t mean it’s practical to do so from the factory. No need to spend much development money this late into the lifecycle when Hellcats are doing pretty well right now. Gives us something to look forward to in the next generation!
     
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