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SRT8 review by Dan Neil of the Wall St. Journal

Dan Neil is a Pulitzer Prize winner, and an automotive journalist. Here is his review of the 2012 SRT8 from today's Wall Street Journal. He has a great writing style, and a very critical eye. His endorsement of the SRT8 is about as good as it gets.



http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...773044262.html


http://online.wsj.com/video/2012-jee...hpp_mpvidcar_2
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Re: SRT8 review by Dan Neil of the Wall St. Journal

Best quote EVER: "Now it becomes what it wants to be: a squat, low-slung, all-wheel-drive luxury race truck, an Audi with a love of knife fights and Toby Keith."
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Old 12-10-2011, 08:49 PM
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Re: SRT8 review by Dan Neil of the Wall St. Journal

This was my favorite quote. I literally choked on my cereal this morning:

"Fully engaged, the Brembos arrest the speeding truck as if you'd forgotten to untie it from the dock."
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Old 12-10-2011, 09:28 PM
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Makes me want to trade in my overland....

Nah nevermind, I go offroad and the 5.7L is plenty powerful for my needs...
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Re: SRT8 review by Dan Neil of the Wall St. Journal

Great review! Here's the quote that got me:

"I would also mildly observe that the sound of the Cherokee at full whoop—a dark-soaring and portentous cackle, an ill-boding pressure wave like a string of distant daisy-cutters—is exceedingly pleasant. Punch the throttle from a traffic light and men for blocks around will involuntarily reach for their wallets."

Now if that lottery ticket will just come through....
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Re: SRT8 review by Dan Neil of the Wall St. Journal

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Makes me want to trade in my overland....

Nah nevermind, I go offroad and the 5.7L is plenty powerful for my needs...
I share the exact same feelings.

I love the SRT8 but I go offroad and do hauling, and the 5.7 gives me enough power and potential to work with if I plan future mods.

SRT8 is a bad boy though. Would love to have it along side my Hemi...just because...No specific reasoning behind it...
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Re: SRT8 review by Dan Neil of the Wall St. Journal

I posted the same thread over in the SRT forum. No matter what Neil writes about, he keeps it interesting.
Ditto on the simile used to describe the Brembo stopping power like leaving the boat tied to the dock...my favorite...not that I ever did that...
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Re: SRT8 review by Dan Neil of the Wall St. Journal

Who's going to be the first to have an SRT in one garage bay, a regular WK2 in another bay?

Does it get any better than that?
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Re: SRT8 review by Dan Neil of the Wall St. Journal

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Who's going to be the first to have an SRT in one garage bay, a regular WK2 in another bay?

Does it get any better than that?
Unless it is a "his and hers" vehicle, not sure two would make sense. If the WK2 (Laredo, Ltd or Overland) meets the daily requirements why not get a true fun car as a second vehicle.

In my opinion, the SRT8 is a good vehicle for those that need the everyday utility of an SUV but want performance as well. If you want the off-roading capability wouldn't a Wrangler be a better fit as a second vehicle.

I am going through this evalution process now. While I have an Overland I prefer the driving behavior of the SRT8. This would be a good compromise of having a performance vehicle that could serve the utility job (towing, dog hauler, winter, etc).
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Re: SRT8 review by Dan Neil of the Wall St. Journal

One thing I found interesting was:

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As for the company's claim that the sport-ute circuits the 12.8-mile Nurburgring Nordschliefe in 8 minutes and 49 seconds, well, that's certainly noteworthy. That's approximately as quick as a Dodge Viper lapping the 'Ring in 2003 and, I assure you, that felt fast then
Kinda neat that your new SUV went around the 'Ring as fast as one of the fastest American sports cars did in 2003.
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