As I was reading over the previous thread about the 2011 Stage i WRX and the Camaro SS I came to the comment by patrick4588 "off the line.... wrx > camaro". It got me to thinking a bit about that.
In theory AWD gives our cars a huge grip advantage off the line versus high horsepower cars driving only two wheels. As they may struggle to get the power to the ground we are already off the line and rolling. So I have read many a post reminding us of that advantage. But is the reality the same as the theory?
If one was in a position where they knew they were about drag launch their car we would hold the revs at a high RPM and use our preferred technique for launching. In that case our cars do have a decided advantage as we can hook up the tires with the motor already in boost and jump out from a dig. Meanwhile, the RWD/FWD driver has to find a happy medium for power that gets them off the line without losing traction. So, I buy the theory in that situation.
But ... in real world daily driving, or just casually running with someone from a red light, does the advantage still hold up? I find that unless the car is launched from higher RPMs it is very easy to have a pretty uninspiring start off the line. Granted the last car I drove was a '98 5.9 Grand Cherokee, an automatic with tons of torque and AWD. From a dig that thing leapt off the line and went hard (granted it ran out of steam around 60-70 and had no top end whatsoever). So for me, coming off the line in my car seems a lot less dramatic. Once it hits boost, however, the joy never stops - and I love the power. I do wonder if when I get around to installing the AP that I bought and go Stage I if some of this improves.
Any thoughts or comments?