Jeep has shown just how powerful the Grand Cherokee SRT truly is. Considered to be one of the brand’s top-performing vehicles, this model managed to beat the Hot Rod Coupe, fitted with the HEMI engine, in a quarter of a mile drag race done at the Santa Pod Raceway in the U.K.
Driven by none other than UK’s very own drag racing champion Stuart Doignie, the Grand Cherokee SRT crossed the line in 13.5 seconds beating the Coupe, with Kelvin Dunn inside, by 0.9 seconds. Not that surprising really since it is powered by the HEMI 6.4-liter engine. With Doignie’s skill, the engine was able to deliver 468 hp with acceleration from 0 to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds. For the quarter-mile stretch, the Grand Cherokee SRT was able to cover it in under 14 seconds.
Doignie said that he was truly captivated by the Grand Cherokee SRT’s speed and raw power. He added that while he been behind the wheel in a number of dragster vehicles running at the Santa Pod, this is the first time he has been in a model that was made for the road. It is extremely quick off the line, he said further.
Doignie revealed that though the race against the Coupe was indeed close, he is more than happy to secure another win at Santa Pod. According to Jeep, the Grand Cherokee SRT is priced at £69,830 OTR.
The cabin of the Grand Cherokee SRT has been refined and is able to deliver comfort while offering exceptional room. There are exclusive appointments with technology that are truly race-inspired. Standard equipment fitted in this model includes the heated steering wheel, wrapped in leather and fitted with paddle-shifters. There is also the power telescoping and tilt steering column.
Included in the Grand Cherokee SRT are controls for the Electronic Vehicle Information Center. This feature can be accessed using the steering wheel and has Performance Pages, exclusive for this model. The Performance Pages comes with a unique functionality that is exclusive to racing technology. With this, the driver is able to access different information like the horsepower, torque, braking distance, acceleration time, covered distance times, and even the g-forces.
Still on the inside, the Nappa suede and leather seats have been styled specifically for the SRT. Combined with the adjustable active headrests in the front and the sculpted bolsters, comfort is guaranteed for those daily drives. This also ensures that both drivers and passengers are held in place when doing spirited driving. Both seats in the front show contrast stitching with the SRT logo sewn to them.
While only the front seats are ventilated, both the front and rear are heated. This gives occupants that added comfort. Other features include the perforated shift knob wrapped in leather and the carbon fiber accents. There is also the instrument panel that is wrapped in leather as well. The door trim panels, throttle pedal pads, racing style brake, give the cabin that added performance and refined look.