2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: The Flying Brick
May 16, 2012
First impression of our new super Jeep? It's a 470-horsepower vault on four wheels. No, the doors don't close with a deep thud and not every piece of trim is drilled down with three screws, but when you're on the road you feel all two-and-a-half tons of this beast from Detroit.
This is not a bad thing, mind you, especially when you have the big 6.4 Hemi to lean on. Much of the weight melts away when the V8 gets going, so it's a very swift vault.
It's really the suspension and steering that make it feel so solid. This is not just a Jeep with low-profile tires, it's a serious street machine that rides stiff and turns in quick. It takes some getting used to, but after ripping a few freeway off ramps this Jeep starts to feel good. Real good.
Very much looking forward to getting better acquainted over the next 12 months.
Ed Hellwig, Editor, Edmunds.com