Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT: Honest to Goodness

The steering is heavier, the suspension’s firmer and the car sits a bit lower. While the Grand Cherokee has a myriad off-road suspension tools, all that its SRT cousin has is a Sport mode, a Track mode, an Auto mode and, wait for it, Launch Control. It’s the reason Jeep says it doesn’t call the SRT an off-roader. Frankly, Jeep is wrong. Considering stuff like the Honda CR-V and BMW X6 are called off-roaders, the GC SRT can very well be called one. Just that having driven the Wrangler and the standard Grand Cherokee diesel on a rocky ranch the previous day, I sort of understand what Jeep exactly means by off-roading. And Jeep will not consider a dirt-road basher an off-roader.

Which is why the SRT doesn’t get suspension height adjust or trick differentials. And with all that tweaking and lowering, the Jeep SRT is quite a track monster. It’s still no Porsche Cayenne. The SRT is still heavy and when you hit nearly 240kph on the straight and brake hard for the corner, this Jeep wriggles a bit. It lets you know that there’s nearly two and a half tonnes that’s closer to the sky than to the earth.