2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: If It's Too Aggro, You're Too Old
May 31, 2012
This is the driver's seat in our longterm 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8. It's got bolsters. You see, it's not a couch because this isn't your living room. The Jeep GC SRT8 is a performance
car truck wagon thing. The fact that it has good roll stiffness and steering with actual substance helps make it more than a one-trick drag-race pony. Yet none of its sporting pretenses are over the top, as it is totally suitable for day to day duty. If it's too aggro, you're too old.
It is true, though, that the SRT8's 5-speed transmission is something of an anachronism. It works quite well in feeling "locked-up" at low revs, but forward thrust falls off noticeably with each full-whack upshift. The corporte 8-speeder's closer gear spacing would provide stronger acceleration (and probably better fuel economy too).
And then there's its lack of rev-matched downshifts which is indeed lame considering a) a vehicle badged as 'SRT8' is by definition a performance thing; b) this SRT8 thing costs a thingload of money; c) it's currently 2012. But collectively those circumstantial factors are not nearly as lame as the lawyerly rationale for the lack of rev-matching capability. Other manufacturers apparently don't have
lawyers running the company issues with allowing their transmissions to match revs, so why does Chrysler/Jeep?
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor