The 2017 Jeep® Grand Cherokee SRT® is not like other SUVs. Though they may seem benign on the surface, those simple, extra three letters—S, R and T—make a world of difference when you see them at the back of a Jeep®.
The power of HEMI®
The 2017 Jeep® Grand Cherokee SRT® boasts a 6.4-liter HEMI® SRT V8 engine that produces 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, making it easy to forget you are behind the wheel of a vehicle that weighs more than 5,000 pounds. In fact, if you want to add even more weight for the Grand Cherokee SRT® to move around, such as a trailer or boat, it will effortlessly tow up to 7,200 pounds. The engine is paired with an efficient eight-speed automatic transmission that smoothly shifts through the gears or lets you take control with the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Combine that with a Launch Control system and the Grand Cherokee SRT® can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds, making it faster than many sports cars.
Though much of the 2017 Jeep® Grand Cherokee SRT®’s performance is derived from its HEMI® engine, it is by no means limited to it. The SUV also comes with high-performance Brembo brakes to provide superior stopping power while SRT®-specific tuning and components improve handling: stiffer springs and anti-roll bars, more aggressively-cambered front and rear wheels and a lower ride height, all of which have helped the Grand Cherokee SRT® achieve an impressive 0.90 g lateral acceleration figure on the skidpad. Inside the cabin, the Select-Track® System lets the driver maximize performance based on road conditions by precisely adjusting the engine mapping, suspension, shift schedule, stability control and torque distribution.
Style and luxury to match
The 2017 Jeep® Grand Cherokee SRT® comes with various premium design alterations to match its capabilities. These include an aggressive-looking blacked-out front end, a selection of stylish 20-inch wheels, world-class soft Laguna leather upholstery and numerous other SRT®-specific styling elements like a flat-bottomed steering wheel, an available red seat belt, SRT® badging on the seats and a premium carbon fiber inlay on the dash. Even better, the Uconnect® 8.4 NAV touchscreen system comes standard to give you the best possible image quality for the Performance Pages Plus app, which lets you monitor all key performance statistics in real-time while on the track.
The 2017 Jeep® Grand Cherokee SRT® isn’t just a regular Grand Cherokee with a powerful engine stuffed under the hood. With the SRT® badge comes a complete transformation of the SUV into one that not only elevates its performance but elevates everything about the experience of driving it.
This article is presented by Perkins Motors in Colorado Springs, Colorado.