Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 – CarMag.co.za

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At A Glance

THERE is no denying Chrysler’s performance division, and Racing Technology (SRT), has in the Grand Cherokee SRT8 a machine with the necessary to clear the fast lane.

The SRT8 used a 6,1-litre V8 aspirated unit to great So, with the second generation, the SRT have decided to stick to the formula. Although the application of to improve performance and decrease consumption has gained widespread acceptance, Jeep has decided to to the more simplistic (rather way of increasing engine capacity, in turn adds more and torque.

The result is a capacity of 6,4 litres, 344 kW (up 36 kW) and 624 N.m (up 55

During testing, the Jeep off the line without fuss – by its four-wheel-drive system – and hit 100 km/h in a 5,20 seconds.

The Brembo system also showed its with an average stopping of 3,06 seconds (netting it a rating), and even managed a stop of 2,93 seconds.

away from the straight-as-an-arrow strip, we expected the dynamic of an almost 2,3-tonne SUV to come to the But we were pleasantly surprised… the sport mode on the Selec-Track sited below the gearlever, and the adaptive dampers firm up. the knob further and the track eases the stability control.

In this mode, the SRT8 can be through fast, open at a speedy pace. After the turn-in, the Jeep quickly and then you can read the car’s of composure through the suspension and body movement, and your own because you sit so high. The only flaw is the steering, which test-team members agreed is too and slow.

The boisterous exhaust note, when you chase the red line, this model, but the powertrain is not on par with BMW or Mercedes-Benz’s V8 engines in of flexibility or smoothness. Lastly, using the paddles to gear the engine revs rise without any automatic throttle

Although you can venture off-road the Jeep if you exercise caution – it is a after all – it is better suited to signified by its masculine stance and dark alloy wheels and tyres.

Jeep Cherokee

The now signature seven-slot grille is by LED daytime running lights, the fang-like chrome inserts on the airdam, prominent wheelarches, exhaust pipes and roof leave no doubt about its potential.

Step inside and the theme continues, with inserts on the facia and doors, and generously bolstered, climatised Jeep has not been shy with specification, either; such as adaptive cruise control, a camera, collision and lane-departure and a 19-speaker Harman Kardon system don’t cost an cent.

The infotainment system, although not as or classy as the newer version we in the Chrysler 300C SRT8 road test January is easy to use and offers a number of performance-related features. This is supplemented by another screen the speedometer and rev counter that info on tyre pressures, km/h acceleration times and a speedometer. We found that the timer is a tad enthusiastic; the times are 0,3 seconds faster than the times.

The rear seats can three adults thanks to room for knees, elbows and Fold the bench flat and the will swallow up to 1 352 dm3.

The Jeep Grand SRT8 demands respect it offers the performance – and handling if the allows – to match its antagonistic It’s also R500 cheaper than the BMW X5M and Mercedes-Benz’s AMG. Yes, you notice the in terms of technology, performance and But, at R820 000, for money is a given.

Just to budget for fuel.

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