Now put yourself in the shoes of not a buyer, but as a vendor. If you want to stay competitive in the market-- and in business, to boot-- you have to be very careful how you purchase and stock product. You stock only what moves. If you sell ten Slash 4x4s a week, you stock Slash 4x4s. If you sell one SC8e a month, you don't stock them. The SC8e is already low volume-- I'd hazard to say they sell in lower numbers than even the likes of the X0-1. The retailer truly determines what the manufacturer sells. Most companies are not big enough to determine the market (Traxxas being one exception) and can't simply say, "Hey, let's make XXX vehicle and revolutionize the hobby!"
So let's just throw some guesswork at how this would work.
SC10 4x4 RTR: $440
SC10 4x4 kit: $250
SC10 4x4 FT kit: $350
SC8.2e RTR: $540
SC8.2e kit: $310
SC8.2e FT kit: $435
And at first blush, $435 looks pretty good. But $300-500 worth of electronics later (not counting batteries,) the SC8.2e FT would terrify my wallet into submission. The SC8e is a bargain for what it is. And with no racing divisions behind it, it seems AE really put a vehicle decidedly toward the basher market-- where RTR is the name of the game.
There are no atheists in the foxholes / There is no intellect in the air / There are no scientists on the way down / Just a working example of faith versus physics. --El-P, Flyentology