It can be presented that the dissemination of crossovers and SUVs has been steered by consumers’ practical interests. Manufacturers’ efforts to increase sexiness and effective sportiness to the sport-utility kind has made outstanding commodities on its boundary, such as the dirty, Hemi-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. In SRT form, the Grand Cherokee is transformed into a fat-fendered wit of itself that strokes the intellectual businesses of most sane people.
But as it turns out, vessels of attractiveness can be found on the far side of communal knowing. The model introduced as the 420-hp Grand Cherokee SRT8, which ran from 2006 until 2011. The 470-hp, second-gen model arrived in 2012 like a meteor, its affix was short to SRT for 2014, the same year it collected a gentle facelift and a brand-new eight-speed automatic finish with launch command. Since then, the 6.4-liter anomaly under the hood has found 5 more horsepower and another 5 lb-ft of torque, for totals of 475 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. With a nonfunctional regenerating for 2017, the SRT Jeep has become the highly evolved supplying it is present.
Over the years, the hot-rod Grand Cherokee has been affected to many experiments that it never wins, primarily because the only other names tense enough to fill a SUV’s motor claim with this much horsepower also transport a coextensive amount of indulgence, perfection, and genealogy, all of which the Jeep hasn’t been able to equal.
That expressed, none of those preceding Grand Cherokee SRT try-out automobiles had an indoor as beautiful and extravagant as the one in this specific instance, with its saddle-colored hides, carbon-fiber trim and microsuede performer accompanied by a slew of options, including a wide roof ($2095), a dual-screen back-seat entertainment system ($1995), and a audio system (also $1995). Even after increasing a $995 trailer-draw collection, an $895 set of Pirelli P Zero Run even summer tires covered around a $1295 set of 20-inch wheels, plus the $1295 Brembo restraint calipers, our Jeep’s seemingly pushful $78,455 as-tested value is still tens of thousands of dollars less than any similarly supplied high-performance SUVs from Porsche, Land Rover, BMW, or Mercedes-Benz.
But SRT consumers aren’t usually curious in the value statement as much as the performance delivered and this Jeep does not thwart. Sixty mph is delivered in 4.4 seconds and the quarter-mile in 13 even. In 30-to-50-mph passing acceleration, we decided 2.9 seconds, and 50 to 70 acted 3.2 seconds. These are detonative figures by SUV qualities—although, subjectively, the Jeep really feel as swift as it is. For jobs beyond straight-line acceleration, Jeep provides aggregate driving methods that vary front/back torque arrangement from 50/50 in Snow and Tow methods to 40/60 in Auto, 35/65 in Sport, and 30/70 in Track. Those aureate red six-piston front and four-piston breed Brembo restraint calipers and the same P Zeros pulled this 5291-pound creature down from 70 mph in 168 feet, six feet longer than in our last try-out, while side grasping was 0.87 g, extraordinary for such a large, high-riding car, we only wish the fast driving supplied at least some street feel.
Had we wanted to, we could have shlep a 7200-pound idler, but we just wanted to pull ass, which explains our 14-mpg normal fuel economy for our two weeks with the truck, most of which was disbursed blasting from stoplight to stoplight. We’ll declare to being bacchanalian by the sounds of that talking Hemi, some 83 decibels worthy entering the compartment at wide-open valve. On the freeway, however, the SRT coldnesses out to an indulgence-car-like 69 decibels at 70 mph, thanks to active sound nullification, which also helps covering the aural annoyances when the motor has entered cylinder-deactivation method.
We like the deep, even-bottom steering wheel, the deeply shaped front sport rooms and the good SRT Performance Pages accessible in the 8.4-inch Uconnect information and entertainment system. Even the rewritten styling, which some of us didn’t like at first, has grown on us. And others be to agree, based on the slack-jawed looks that two nearly same models of this Jeep get as we sounded around Los Angeles and Michigan. This moment around, our experience with the Grand Cherokee SRT was cured by the discouraging knowing that, as insane as this truck is, things will get crazier once the Hellcat-endowed model starts circling the roadways. The boundaries of the crossover world are about to get more outstanding than ever.