2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Long Term Road Test

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: Paddling

July 16, 2012

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Someone once said so eloquently about the new Grand Cherokee SRT8, "It don't match revs."

Which is true, and annoying, especially in a vehicle that begs you to drive it hard the way this GC SRT8 does.

But there's possibly something even more annoying than the lack of rev-matched downshifts: ;

The transmission upshifts quite abruptly in Manual mode when using anything more than mild throttle. I like to use the paddles so that I have full control over when the transmission shifts--call me bossy.

There's two ways around this: First, leave it in Drive for upshifts and only access manual shifting on downshifts. The second option is to back off the throttle slightly as you upshift, like what we had to do to make the original single-clutch paddle-shift gearboxes work smoothly many years ago.

Seems kinda silly to have to do this with an automatic, though.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 5,199 miles.

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