No disrespect intended.
One thing you can do to your awd is geta hellcat air cleaner and cold air tube pop out the inside cover and now you have a stock cold air intake! Also for what it's worth you can get a tune that will add 40hp 40tq to the wheels. I have a 5.8 o-60 time on my 3.6 No problems whatsoever with it, and you can still get 30mpg highway if you drive it normal.As a relatively new challenger owner (just got my 2020 GT in June) I'll throw in a consideration I had that wasn't mentioned yet.
Location - I live in New England and a good chunk of the year isn't very friendly to high HP rear-wheel drive vehicles. AWD was pretty non-negotiable for me. And until there is an AWD V8 (a guy can dream right?) it narrowed down my options quickly.
Location also accounts for my daily commute. 36 miles each way is no joke, so MPG was also kind of in the back of my mind.
Since this is also really my first foray into muscle cars and customization the V6 made a whole lot of sense. I recognize I don't get some of the cool V8 toys like superchargers and shaker packs but that's ok for now. I think my car looks rad, sounds rad and drives like a dream, it's fast enough for me. And I'm not blowing up my budget to get a lot of value.
I think there's a big value proposition to be made for the Pentastar.
I purchased my 3.6 over the hemi not because I couldn't afford the hemi. Because I didn't want one. I have no interest in racing at red lights and I like being able to pass a gas station. The only value in the hemi is if you want one.Only a sith deals in absolutes.
Sorry I just watched the movie I last night, I had to.
I think the biggest issue with modmeone who couldn't afford a V8 but they wanna make their car as fast as the hemi. There's nothing wrong with modding the 3.6 as long as you're reasoning isn't to make it compete with the hemi you couldn't afford, because to make the 3.6 competed you gotta spend more money than a 5.7 or even 392 would cost, and you lose the warranty on the v6 as well as reliability from added HP. Not to mention smaller brakes, suspension, drivetrain, blah blah blah.
I may be biased but I still think if you wanna build a car on a budget the 5.7 is the best option in dodges lineup. It comes with many of the same drivetrain components as the 392, it can take 8lbs boost all day reliably, has the V8 sound, good amount of aftermarket support, etc all for a price not much higher than the 3.6 (usually)
Out of curiosity, whats your average mpg on the 3.6?I purchased my 3.6 over the hemi not because I couldn't afford the hemi. Because I didn't want one. I have no interest in racing at red lights and I like being able to pass a gas station. The only value in the hemi is if you want one.