Jeep pits brute force against pricy Range Rover
SO we thought gas guzzlers were history? Jeep’s recently introduced Grand Cherokee will be joined by the SRT8 in six months.
This is an “in yer face” brute, with a 6.4 litre V8 giving 470bhp and 464 lb ft. It is the most powerful Jeep to date. After consuming the 0-62mph sprint in 4.8 seconds it can carry on to “over 155mph”. Its braking power is up to the job: its zero to 100mph and stop time is less than 17 seconds. UK deliveries begin around February, in one fully specified model with navigation, large sunroof, adaptive cruise control, 20-inch forged alloys and vented high performance Brembo brakes, carbon fibre trim details in the cabin and leather-suede seats.
There is active damping, a 13 per cent reduction in fuel consumption on the motorway helped by a lower ride height plus of course, a full suite of off-road traction systems.
To special order only, with a price estimate of £50,000 to £55,000. This might look good value against the homegrown Range Rover Sport, which with a 503bhp/461 lb ft supercharged 5-litre V8 costs from £66,445 and records 0-62mph in 5.9 seconds and looks, dare I say, just a little bit flash-cash in the wrong colours with the wrong wheels.