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2014 Grand Cherokee SRT(GR)8!

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On: Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 11:31AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

2014 Grand Cherokee SRT(GR)8!

Since its debut as a 2006 model, the Grand Cherokee SRT8 has been a stupidly awesome idea. Or maybe, it’s been an awesomely stupid idea -- either way, the idea of dropping a company's most powerful V8 into its best selling SUV is nothing short of an American dream. The SRT8 is big, loud, powerful, damn near gaudy, and oh yeah, fast! It has bred a host of competition, mostly from European companies like Porsche, BMW, and Mercedes, all of which are constantly revamping their best big-boy-toys in an effort to claim they own the fastest production SUV on the planet.

Thankfully, Chrysler has retuned America's main representative for 2014 to be better than ever. The newest Grand Cherokee SRT8 is designed to look more aggressive than ever -- and trust us, when you see one coming up in your rearview mirror, you will want to get out of the way quickly. The SRT's bixenon lights are set against a blacked out background, a similarly blacked-out grill draws even more attention to the LED running lights, while the large air ducts and SRT8-specific hood all scream "Move!" Other visual changes include a new rear spoiler, a blacked-out tail light motif to compliment the headlights, and new 20-inch five-spoke rims.

We are sad to report however that underneath that aggressive skin, that monstrous 6.4-liter Hemi V8 has not changed whatsoever. But all is not lost, because "not changed" just means that it still produces the same sickening 470-horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque, so we aren't actually that sad come to think of it. What has changed however, is how all that power gets to the pavement. The transmission gains three extra speeds for a total of eight forward gears to choose from. This change significantly improves towing performance, upping the SRT's max tow from 5,000 pounds to a much more impressive 7,200 pounds. No official acceleration numbers are out yet, but that new transmission should help knock off a few ticks thanks to improved gearing, as well as a revised transfer case that can distribute up to 70% of available torque to the rear wheels.

Consider this: The 2013 SRT8 was able to sprint to 60 mph in a mere 4.8 seconds, from 0-100 mph in 11.8 seconds, and click off a quarter mile run of 13.2 seconds at 104 mph. Not bad huh? The fact that the 2014 SRT8 should be even quicker is simply awesome. The 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT8 should prove to be a very tough competitor for those Euro-trucks, which is nothing short of awesome -- stupidly awesome.

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