There are very few cars on the planet that are as capable of doing whatever you feel like as the Gand Cherokee SRT is. Anything from a little off-road adventure to hot laps at your local race track or evening dinner outing with friends chauffered in the lap of luxury. Whatever the need the Grand Cherokee SRT is game, I’ve learned there’s very little the car can’t do.
Built to sit competitively in the high performance SUV segment of the hotly contested 4WD market, the 2015 6.4-litre V8-powered SRT offers all the presence of SRT’s (street-track-technology) muscular history. For starters the top speed on this tar gobbling colossus is 257 km/h, with a time warping 0-100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds. Pretty impressive when considering that this whopper weighs in at just under three tons.
Firing up all 8-cylinders of this 475hp rocket, the sound of the engine is enough to make you want to run out to bond your house and buy one. It’s by far the most addictive part of the SRT adventure. Best about the package is it takes you way beyond legal speed limits easily, so you have to stay alert. You soon realise though once on the road that you really are on some kind of “space” mission – or rather a mission to find space to stretch some Grand Cherokee SRT’s legs.
Inside the cabin, the 8.4-inch Uconnect™ touchscreen display, likens the experience to itself to getting into a plush lunar module with just about every extra imaginable. From a heated steering wheel to Blu-ray rear seat entertainment system with headrest monitors and 19-speaker Harmon Kardon surround sound sytem.
First shown at the Paris Motor Show last year, the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT comes with a feisty sports appearance and features a host of desirable features true to the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT badge. As well as Quadra-Trac ‘Active on Demand’ four-wheel drive, anti-lock SRT performance disc brakes and active damping suspension, the SRT also offers premium sports styling in the form of body coloured door handles, black roof moulding, body coloured sill extensions and wheel flare extensions. Twenty-inch wheels complete with a black chrome finish completed the look on the pearl red (Redline) version we test drove.
Inside, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear changer complement the black leather and black suede seats with red stitching. The SRT badge on the steering wheel is backlit and looks a treat driving at night.
The SRT’s touchscreen display comes equipped with integrated 3D navigation, advanced voice recognition, Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free technology. Further standard features include cross-path detection, adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring.
The Jeep’s proven 6.4-litre HEMI V8 plant, is connected to an eight-speed automatic gearbox with steering wheel-mounted paddle controls. The car features Fuel Saver technology to cut fuel consumption and emissions. I can’t say fuel economy is a huge factor when considering this vehicle. The potential performance aspect makes it difficult to keep your foot only pressed lightly on the accelerator. As hard as I tried, I managed to only get 18 litres per 100km.
The new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 will set you back R1 099 990 right now which makes it one of the best performance and equipment levels against price. All things considered in the high performance SUV segment, the SRT8 seems to be well priced.