2012 Jeep GC SRT8: Shockingly Improved
November 06, 2012
I was quite vocal in my distaste for the Grand Cherokee SRT8's ride. In short, it crashed over pavement imperfections and its subsequent handling improvements could rarely be enjoyed in the real world to justify the unpleasantness. Personally, I was a little skeptical that switching from the standard run flats to regular all-seasons would make much of a difference.
Well, it does. Big time. I was flat out shocked last night at how much the Jeep's ride had improved. It's still firm, but no longer crashy, and I don't find myself sighing with annoyance and displeasure every time I hit one of the umpteen expansion joints, pot holes and general concrete crapiness along I-10 and my neighborhood surface streets. I could be crazy, but I also think the steering has gotten a bit lighter in effort, which I'm totally fine with.
Frankly, I question why this thing even has the run flats when there's a regular spare lurking in the trunk in the event one of those expansion joints, pot holes and general concrete crapiness blows a regular one up. Sure, our new Sumitomos are only H rated, but I'm more interested in the mighty Jeep's ridiculous acceleration than its ability to go above a buck 35.
This is how the JGC SRT8 should feel all the time.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 12,708 miles