Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 Review |CarAdvice

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Jeep Grand Cherokee

Review

Pros: Mighty smooth V8; interior comfort and excellent grip and cornering brilliant Harman Kardon sledgehammer styling

You can tell the at Jeep are pumped with over their 2012 Grand Cherokee SRT8 – the powerful vehicle ever to run off production line.

And it’s not the gushing press release gives their overconfidence

It’s the fact that CarAdvice travelled to LA recently to the 351kW beast for a test the people at Chrysler HQ wouldn’t tell us where we would the car within the dozens parked off vast Sepulveda Boulevard.

wouldn’t even say what it was #8211; just that it stand out immediately and that I miss it.

As it turned out, were absolutely right.

The Grand Cherokee SRT8 is bit the monster the US 4WD brand envisioned it to be – and not just the super-size 6.4-Litre V8 that lies under the or the sledgehammer approach to styling, gives the game away. this is one Jeep that Trail Rated.

A quick around the vehicle reveals a of aggressive detailing that this one intimidating Jeep Cherokee. Take the forged alloy wheels shod extra-wide 295/45 series on all four corners, for instance. Or the exhaust pipes that to be the size of cannons.

Along with the SRT body kit also a couple of serious-looking extractors sitting either of the bonnet bulge and some Brembo brake calipers atop some equally rotors.

SRT (Street Racing is an entirely separate division Chrysler charged with high-performance versions of specific that lie under the group

The current SRT armoury includes the 300C SRT8, Dodge STR8, Dodge Challenger Dodge SRT10 Viper Viper GTS) and, of the Jeep Grand Cherokee

It’s a similar approach to the business models of both with their AMG line and M division.

The results for Chrysler so far been encouraging, with of homegrown enthusiasts willing to out a heavy premium for relatively low performance versions of their models, especially the Jeep Cherokee SRT8.

Sales in the States have exceeded by such numbers that Australia has had no choice but to wind its local launch of the vehicle by months (Click to read story) .

That’s not to say that isn’t seen as important for Jeep. On the contrary, so successful has the new Grand Cherokee been that we have been about one quarter of the annual production volume of the SRT8

With 630Nm of torque on tap and a sprint time of 4.8 seconds, the Grand Cherokee SRT8 is one of the fastest SUVs alongside the Cayenne Turbo, BMW X5 M and the Mercedes-Benz with which it shares its

It’s also not short on the touches. It’s a softer than its German rivals, tend to be more performance as in, heavier bolstered and firmer cushioning. Step inside the Grand Cherokee SRT8 and find plenty to like a less aggressive treatment the hero car styling displayed by the panels.

There’s hand-stitched trim everywhere and it’s the and comfy Nappa variety you tend to find on expensive

The entire dash and instrument is also wrapped in the stuff, as is the trim. The all-hide effect is by a generous number of very carbonfibre accents that well in what is otherwise a monochromatic theme with of black to differentiate the SRT8 the standard Jeep Grand

There’s still plenty of trim work spread here, though, especially on the leather-bound steering wheel, is covered in the same Nappa with a flat metallic and a set of paddle shifters. It’s heated for those cold starts.

The deep-bolstered SRT seats are high on our of favourite pews. Trimmed in a of leather with grippy inserts, they provide comfort and sports car-like They’re also heated and

Hard plastics are few and far between this cabin and those are hidden below decks.

As the Jeep model, the SRT8 from an extensive list of comforts, with highlights the voice-activated navigation system, park assist with view and audible warning, and headlamps that react to light and oncoming traffic.

But the remote start that is the SRT8’s show-stopping feature. It you to start the engine and activate comfort settings from the key while maintaining vehicle

On the audio front, there’s the nine-speaker unit, but audiophiles find it hard to resist the 825-watt, 19-speaker system Harman Kardon specifically for the Jeep Grand Cherokee

Fire up the big Hemi V8 and there’s of that expected thunder and just the sound of a smooth-running and quiet engine that nothing away to its tarmac-blasting

Heading north out of LA on the Ventura provides ample opportunity to the SRT8 up and explore all of those 630 metres, of which almost all are on tap 2800-6000rpm.

Throttle response is precise and measured even in Auto but spin the Selec-Trac rotary around to the Sport or Track and things get a lot more urgent. slower vehicles at 130km/h an effortless affair with in-gear acceleration. There’s a decent exhaust note worth listening to.

These settings dial in a sharper to the SRT8’s adaptive suspension, and transmission response, throttle, and traction control as well as behaviour.

In the standard drive 65 per cent of the torque is sent to the axle. In Sport and Track those percentages of pulling increase, while the stability allows more slip.

full throttle the Jeep Cherokee SRT8 makes work of these California but even in Track mode and with the paddles, it still in a refined manner commensurate a luxury SUV.

In this day and age of automatics and dual-clutch transmissions, a auto doesn’t quite cut it, when fuel consumption is a concern. There’s a tendency for the to use higher revs in top gear you’re travelling along at on the highways than either the and X5M, which gain cogs (7-speed and 6-speed and as a result, don’t have to as hard as the Jeep Grand SRT8.

Combined fuel consumption is which compares to 11.8L/100km for the AMG, and 13.9L/100km for the X5 M, both of are armed with more and torque than the SRT8.

But go a heavy with your boot for any length of time and any you might have gained Chrysler’s cylinder-deactivation technology be lost.

It’s a clever and works particularly well in traffic when only throttle pressure is required.

As an SRT it’s no surprise that the is firm #8211; even in the sedate Auto mode.

The is that despite the Jeep’s and not-inconsiderable 2300kg mass, the Cherokee SRT8 handles remarkably well. The Bilstein absorbers and stiffer suspension does a fine job of overcoming the height, with minimal roll.

There’s also the safety net of the vehicles’ electronic mitigation system, which the electronic stability control that can anticipate a potential then apply the brakes and throttle pressure as needed.

levels are high from the massive Pirelli Scorpion All-Season run-flats tyres, and the Cherokee’s full-time all-wheel-drive provides lots of traction.

You can feel the results of a 146 per cent in body stiffness over the old Cherokee SRT8 – with the responding more quickly and to the driver’s steering wheel

The Grand Cherokee SRT8 gets a quicker steering than the standard model and a satisfactory level of communication through the beautifully tactile

Braking is another area SRT has excelled. The big six-pot Brembos up have lots of stopping and pedal pressure is nicely

Also helping on the safety is an inventory of multiple safety and features including: adaptive control, anti-lock brake with rough-road detection, override (when a disagreement the brake and throttle exists and the power is automatically reduced so as the can stop the car), blind-spot electronic roll mitigation, brake support (the uses the ESC to occasionally brush the pads against the brake to keep them dry), cross path (the activates when reverse is engaged and alerts drivers out of parking spots to other approaching), trailer sway and seven airbags.

Jeep has already priced the regular Grand Cherokee highly – from $45,000 – so it would be a if the SRT8 version cost more than its $85,990 when it arrives in August.

And you consider that its natural cost about $180,000, easy to see the Grand Cherokee value is as powerful as its Hemi V8.

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