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Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

Posted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:51 pm
by Spanner Monkey
Here on Spannermonkey island I get to see and drive a fair bit of cool stuff.
Saturday I was given a brand-spankers new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 (though unfortunately not the ‘Hellcat’ version :( ) to boonie about in for the weekend.
It’s a very imposing vehicle. Physically large with huge red Brembo calipers grinning through the massive 20” wheels. Inside is a very nice place to be. Soft leather seats that adjust every which-way, and a high dashboard make you feel comfortable and safe. All of the controls are easily in reach, and very easy to operate. Plenty of room in the back for even six-footers and a luggage deck large enough for all but the excessive shoppers.
The Jeep has the now usual keyless entry and start button system. Foot on the brake and prod the button and the engine fires to a pleasing V8 burble. On the road the car feels very solid and stable. It handles very well and goes…….
Planting your foot on the loud pedal produces a sound like you have upset a cave-dwelling beast who is now gargling with your entrails. Forward motion is rapid with 100mph coming up very quickly. Fortunately enough the brakes live up to expectations and haul down the speed very efficiently.
There are negatives though. I always thought that Jeep were very good at making big, heavy cars that didn’t feel big and heavy. Unfortunately that is no longer the case. In the SRT8 you are always aware that you’re driving something that weighs over 2 tons.
The dashboard screens are annoying. You are constantly bombarded with written messages. Starting the car and the screen tells you to ‘respect other road users’, when you engage speed control it tells you, when you brake it tells you that ‘Speed control disengaged’, if you accelerate it tells you ‘Speed control overridden’. There are a lot of, what I and most experienced drivers would consider, unnecessary messages. I’m sure it could be programmed for the tree huggers to tell you it kills polar bears….
All in all it’s a great car. It’s not as quick as it feels but there again it isn’t a sports car. It’s a car that you could drive long distances without fatigue (if you can afford the gas!).

Re: Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

Posted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:18 pm
by badhand
You know when Tiff Needell used to present Top Gear... Did that just happen again?


Re: Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:12 am
by Spanner Monkey

Re: Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:43 pm
by cati
i think spanner is more chris goff or miriam bently