First day of acceleration tests, --sad smell resulted...

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  1. X-Men Fiend

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    Today I decided to finally test my six-speed Hellcat. I've been rather easy on it, till now, but as I crested 700 miles and had some free time, I decided to try out the handy timers for the first time. Well, I have the base all-season tires, and indeed they do smolder all the way up to and past the 60mph mark, resulting in a wide range of times. My best was a mediocre 4.8 second 0-60, feathering the gas but still smokin' the hides pretty much the entire way. Got a number of 5.0's and 5.1's, while leaving significant clouds of tire smoke in my wake. Tried one 1/4mile, on a crappy irregular side road on the nearby Indian reservation without much patrols, and had loads of wheelspin resulting in a 12.8 ET, guess not that bad, considering the surface and tires and excessive tire smoke much of the way? After that, I decided to try some more 0-60's, and to my utter dismay, after one attempt, which was I think a 5.3, when I slowed back down I got a significant CLUTCH smell. After that distinct odor, I was crestfallen, and brought the Hellcat back home and put her away. I honestly don't know what I did wrong, not like I was letting the clutch out slowly and burning it up, I have a lot of experience with manual trans vehicles, so this really worries me a lot. Anybody have any suggestions/advice?!
     
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    I'm almost done with break in... I can't seem to find any good quarter times with the manual. Not good news
     
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    I dunno... these cars ARE pretty stinky when they're new.

    My first day driving mine all you could smell was the 'burn off' from the exhaust, engine, etc... maybe it's nothing to worry about?
     
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    Yeah, but mine has 700 or so miles, and didn't have that odor until today's repeated launches, which is disconcerting.
    However, I would hope that it'd be covered under warranty, if something is amiss? I've noticed since day one that I feel a scratching, up through the clutch pedal, when it's in being driven with any gusto. Wonder if that's something amiss? I thought the disc/pressure plate/flywheel would bed in, and that sensation, kinda like a tickling or scuffin' under your foot which you feel through the clutch pedal when you're shifting, would go away, but still feel it, and then to smell clutch, tonight, makes me fearful.
     
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    that doesn't sound right at all.. no scratching or scuffin up thru my pedal
     
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    Really Abe? -- I thought it was probably normal, it's not 'bad' or like the clutch pedal is actually vibrating or shaking, more like if you took a long screwdriver and dragged the tip across a sidewalk, similar to that feeling you'd get, holding the wooden handle on the other end, like some type of scuff, being transferred up through the pedal and ticklin' the bottom of your left foot as you're shiftin' under revs, if that makes sense? Since you don't have it, and now I'm smellin' clutch under full-launch conditions, it does seem to imply I've got something that isn't up to takin' the full torque load, between my flywheel and tranny, ~nope, don't like it one bit.
     
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    That does not sound good at all, my 6M works fine, haven't done any times yet, but have been on it thru the gears, including some good burnouts and have not had any clutch smell or "scratching"at all,smooth as butter. Like IS said, just the normal burn off smell.
    You should get it checked out.
     
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    You didn't have any beans the night before did you? Sometimes it's hard to differentiate the smell.
     
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    Maybe it's brakes, did you LIGHTLY+QUICKLY touch each wheel with the back of your hand?
     
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    most people cant launch a manual.(i cant either).....its why i bought a A8.......get ride of the stock back tires and get a set of nitto's and you will get into the 4's easily 0-60.....i bought them for my gt500 and got the best launch 1st try ive ever done...the best ive gotten with the gt500 was 4.5....id bet i could get into the 3's now with the nitto's

    1st try with my A8 0-60 was 4.3 seconds.....after 5 trys i got it down to 3.6 and i think i can get it down to 3.2-3.4 with a few more tries

    this is why i didnt buy a manual......your going to get beat 0-60 by 6 cylinder mustangs with a tune

    manuals are fun to drive.....im 100% with that...but unless your a pro driver your going to suck at launching it
     
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    There has been another forum member that had his clutch replaced because there was issues...but his issue was slipping.and like B5 said, check traction control
     
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    Ive done one 0-60 with my M6 with drag radials. 3750 rpm on the launch control. 2 feet of spin, a nice bog(launch control pulling timing from the wheel spin) that resulted in a 3.9 0-60... it will do easy mid 3s with no wheelspin and bog

    huggytree we live close enough to each other... I will run either your GT500 or your Hellcat from a 20mph roll... bring it
     
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    congrats on the 3.9....its the best ive heard of from a M6.....your probably one of the few who can launch a manual decent (like ive said 100x before...i am not bragging and saying i can thats why i bought a A8)

    im sure we will see each other at a car show or something......what color did you get?
     
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    X-Men Fiend , how did you go about breaking in your clutch? There is absolutely no reason why you should be having a clutch issue with street tires..

    I made sure I did very little hard launching with mine in the first 500 miles. I also did almost all stop and go driving to get that clutch broken in well.
     
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    I have a Jazz Blue car. Ill be at the Car Craft Nats for sure.

    I wasnt trying to be a d**k calling you out. It just seems that you are very quick to nitpick on these Hellcats, especially the M6 cars, all the while telling us how great your GT500 is..I was just looking to change your opinion a bit.
     
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