It's so fast and handles corners like a small sports car. You have to be careful though, because even though the skid protection system does a terrific job of keeping the Grand Cherokee pointed in the right direction, the traction control and prodigious power are capable of quickly getting you into situations where the laws of physics overwhelm the electronic wizardry. It also beat the Cayenne in the slalom and recorded higher lateral gs on the skidpad. The gets the Mustang's V-8 for '06, but that 4. So what is it like to live with a Jeep that will outgun many performance cars? Our Jeep came loaded to the gills with every gadget and doodad that DaimlerChrysler offers. They got more air into the mix by revising the cylinder heads, redesigning the intake manifold and adding a fresh air induction system. You also get a steering wheel wrapped in leather that is made to look like carbon fiber.
The note is so low sometimes that you can feel it more than you can hear it. Your vision will be working overtime to deal with the tremendous speed yet be blessed with an easy-to-view dashboard, and minimal blind spots. Lightheadedness and shallow breathing is normal at this point, by the way. They started by boring out a run-of-the-mill 5. The Brembo calipers bite down on the 14-inch vented discs like pit bull on a T-bone.
It's a look that suits the Grand Cherokee and speaks to the vehicle's undeniable toughness. You may gasp when ready. While it is absolutely music to our ears, it is ceaseless , so be prepared. And while there is plenty of legroom up front, passengers in the rear are rather cramped. So what is the point? Admittedly, the 4800-pound Jeep has a slight weight advantage on the 5000-pound Porsche, but if it works for , why not for a family car? The first thing you need to be prepared for is the ever present exhaust note.
The suspension does a decent job of taking the edge off of bumps, but there is no mistaking this vehicle for anything other than a performance machine. For good measure, they added sodium-filled exhaust valves to help dissipate heat. The Grandest of Cherokees recorded a 0-to-60-mph time of 4. Be very prepared to have a pleasurable, near sensory-overload experience. The wheels, no matter which style, appear strong. Jeep's trademark upright grille looks as basic as grilles get, but it's flanked by sculpted, round composite headlamps that provide one of the exterior's few bits of visual jewelry and a nice contrast on the front end.
The Hemi also emits a satisfyingly throaty gurgle, and the five-speed automatic transmission offers a manual control mode, another nod to on-road performance. Four-piston Brembo brakes with big, vented rotors provide excellent clamping force at each corner. As the speedometer races around its arc, the transmission furiously bangs off firm and lightning-fast shifts. What is it like to saddle up and ride this beast? The engine is bored out to 6. This chin spoiler is more than just a pretty face, however.
Messy cargo can be accommodated in the rear by a clever reversible floor panel, which can be mounted carpet-side up for a flat load floor, or plastic side up to provide a shallow waterproof recess for muddy boots and the like. Sink back into the comfortable, well-bolstered seats and relax. The theme here is choice, but the 5. This kind of performance is not without compromise however. The only transmission available is a five-speed Autostick unit that is reasonably responsive when left to its own devices but considerably more entertaining when used as a manual. It is actually pretty good. The steering wheel has cruise-control buttons on the front and audio controls tucked on the back--a good thing, since the dash radio controls are a bit of a reach for the driver.
The all-wheel drive system manages to get every ounce of horsepower to the ground. To put all that extra power to the road, they reengineered the all-wheel-drive system with a new transfer case, front axle and a sturdier rear with a Dana 44 differential. You have to be prepared to deal with a ride that is a bit on the firm side. For a vehicle so tall, it feels entirely stable in the bends, and the adept driver can use the brakes and throttle as well as the steering in finding the quickest way through the corners. Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts… well… absolutely. You want to feel all that power, and that sends gas consumption into the low teens. We wish the navigation system offered a touch screen, as we found the joystick-based interface to be clumsy, which necessitated spending more time looking at the nav controls than we were comfortable with, but otherwise the interior is well-designed and easy to work with.
Lest anyone be in doubt as to the potential of your Grand Cherokee, Jeep has toughened up the exterior in a simple but meaningful way. Wet roads were no problem for the all wheel drive system, which will transfer nearly all of the available power to the front wheels if needed. Notice that I was careful not to call it noise, since the exhaust is more like a symphonic orchestra comprised entirely of bass drums, oboes and tubas. The ride tends to be on the firm side, though without harshness. The multi displacement hemi is designed to deactivate 4 of 8 cylinders when not under load providing a 20 boost in fuel economy 2019 jeep grand cherokee srt reviews photos and specs car driver 2016 jeep grand cherokee 19 mpg bined 2016 jeep grand cherokee srt8 2006 jeep grand cherokee srt8 first quarter update we love our cherokees hemi. This madness will continue until the speed limiter cuts off the fun at 155. Let the off-road nonsense to the likes of Land Rover and Jeep.