2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Long Term Road Test

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: The Smart Way For Rev-Matched Downshifts

August 16, 2012

 JGC_SRT_downshift.JPG No doubt you've seen our previous comments concerning the SRT8's lack of rev-matching ability for downshifts, the result of which is a harsh and chassis-unsettling gear engagement when you're using the shift paddles. And yeah, it doesn't do upshifts all that well, either.

But there is a workaround: blip the throttle yourself. I used to do the same thing on our departed Smart ForTwo because of it's clunky single-clutch automated manual. As soon as you click the SRT8's downshift paddle, blip the throttle, and voila, a much smoother downshift.

To be honest, it only works OK, and at least for me takes too much concentration (the unfamiliarity of trying it on an automatic) for too little reward.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 7,810 miles

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