I agree with you that AWD has a lot of power loss but completely disagree that stock WRX's are only fast off the line. I will start by saying that Subaru's symmetrical awd is far superior to any other awd drive system I have experienced. My 2015 WRX has 268 bhp and only about 230-240 make it to the wheels from early dyno tests, which isn't bad at all. And 0-100 in about 14 secs is pretty impressive for a $27k car and is hardly slow by any stretch of the imagination. It's only about 1/2 to 1 second slower than a 5.0 Mustang GT in the 1/4 mile. But you don't buy a WRX to go fast in a straight line, you feel it's true speed when you start turning the wheel. 30 - 40 mph turns in my M'13 are closer to 50-60 in the WRX. It is unbelievably good in the corners. If anything I think the WRX proves you can make a fantanstic AWD 4cyc turbo for a great price. I hope that Dodge tries to follow the mold set by cars like the WRX / STi / Evo. I truly hope that they don't model SRT4 to be an AWD drag car. I feel they may need to try to compete more with the STi than the WRX because I don't think they can afford to price it where the WRX is currently at just under $27k with where there current Dart prices are. Besides they can fill the gap that the Evo will leave when it is disco'd. Just my 2 cents.AWD sucks up your power like no tomorrow. It is the reason why stock WRX's are only fast off the line.