I'm glad its not just my car...... Can you imagine this thing with slicks?I don't know. I gave up speed/power shifting in this car because of the aweful sounds it makes (not from the tranny, from the drivetrain). I did a little experiment tonight and let the clutch engage rather quickly from about 3500. Aside from bogging, which i completely expect at that rpm while letting the clutch out that fast, there was an aweful quick thud sound from what sounded like the driver side back of the vehicle (might have just sounded like driver side since I usually try to drive from there). It was pretty loud. Sounded like someone taking a bat to the front door of my house one time. Real quick and then gone. I'd be shocked if this was not terrible for the drivetrain. I'd rather let the clutch slip and release it slower on a hard launch. I'd bet replacing the clutch prematurely is cheaper than replacing critical parts of the AWD system every 20 (totally pulling that number out of my arse) launches.