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First look at the new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

The Angeles Crest Highway was a beautiful way to get from Los Angeles to Willow Springs raceway, and a great venue to display the handling prowess of the all-new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8.

First look at the new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

The scenic mountain curves tested the grip of the P295 Pirellis, and no matter how hard we pushed it, the rubber never broke loose at any corner. Tossing the wheel back and forth, the Jeep responded quickly, with easy transitions and amazingly little body roll. Having those comfortable bolstered seats to hold our torso in place didn’t hurt either. In the tighter corners (and, later, navigating the paddock area of the big track at Willow), the Grand Cherokee felt a lot smaller than expected, thanks to a decent 37.1-foot turning circle.


On top of all this, the steering wheel (shared across the 2012 SRT lineup) is thick and nicely shaped for aggressive driving, and wrapped in nice leather—the cherry on top of a good steering experience. When we weren’t confined to lower speeds necessitated by complex corners (not to mention the steep drop-offs lining the roadside), we had the chance to have a little fun with the SRT8’s new beating heart. The 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 under the hood makes 470 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque (it makes 470 pound-feet in the other SRT8 vehicles). It didn’t seem as noisy or unruly as the outgoing 6.1-liter motor, and the Grand Cherokee handles the extra 50 horsepower with a lot more finesse. 



Author: AL
Source: Autolatest

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