Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

4x4 gets heap big V8

Evo rating
Price
from £40,000
  • Brawny motor
  • Flawed ride

Jeep doesn't do things by halves. After years of making 4x4s that are more off-road than on, it has finally decided to produce one better suited for tarmac use, the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8.

Beneath the bonnet there's a 6.1-litre V8 boosted to 420bhp and it's had a muscular bodywork makeover with a new front end, wider side-skirts and lowered ride height. New dampers, spring rates and suspension bushings have also been incorporated, along with recalibrated ESP.

The modifications by Chrysler's tuner, Sports and Racing Technology (SRT), have transformed the Grand Cherokee into the kind of machine it should have been all along. The suspension can't match the adaptability of the air systems used by rivals and there's a lot of dive under braking and too much rebound over bumps, but it's a vast improvement over the standard car. And bearing in mind the price, it provides plenty of power for your pound.

Specifications

EngineV8, 6059cc, 16v
Max power420bhp @ 6200rpm
Max torque420lb ft @ 4200rpm
0-604.8sec (claimed)
Top speed155mph (limited)
On saleMarch 2006

Most Popular

TOM’S Racing Toyota GR Yaris revealed – homologation special gains focus
TOM’S Racing Toyota GR Yaris front
Toyota GR Yaris

TOM’S Racing Toyota GR Yaris revealed – homologation special gains focus

Japanese racing outfit TOM’S becomes the latest firm to mod the new Toyota GR Yaris
20 Jan 2021
Entry-level rear-wheel drive Porsche Taycan revealed
Porsche Taycan rear-wheel drive
Porsche Taycan

Entry-level rear-wheel drive Porsche Taycan revealed

Porsche’s Taycan range continues to grow, with this new £70,690 entry-level model
19 Jan 2021
'Traction control, ABS, airbags, lights, – one press of a button and they're all off. We're better off without them'
Richard Porter opinion
Opinion

'Traction control, ABS, airbags, lights, – one press of a button and they're all off. We're better off without them'

The Common Sense Car offers a glimmer of hope for British sports car lovers
19 Jan 2021