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Blasphemy? SRT8 With Offroad Ability?

Hi everyone

I'm currently the very proud owner of a 2012 WK2 Overland V8 4x4.

When I was deciding on which vehicle to get, the type of engine obviously came up. But for me, it was never a question of V6 or V8; it was only a question of which V8!

I wnt with the 5.7L Hemi V8 instead of the 6.4L because of one thing...

Offroad ability.

When deciding on which SUV, I was looking at a Porsche Cayenne Turbo and I loved everything about it (except the price). When Jeep announced the 2011 WK2, I jumped for joy! I had hoped that the first time inclusion of an Air Suspension in the WK2 would also mean an SRT8 model that retained its offroad ability, like the Porsche Cayenne has.

The Porsche Cayenne is able to have great performance both, On and Off road in large part because its Air Suspension system allows the vehicle to raise or lower based on what is needed. I had hoped that Jeep would enable a similar functionality in the WK2 SRT8 but they didn't.

So...

Do you think its possible that at one point Jeep will create an SRT8 that retains an Offroad ability, like the Porsche Cayenne?

Would current or potential SRT8 owners even want something like that?

If there is a desire (beyond my own) for such a vehicle, could enough people contacting Jeep give them incentive to create it?
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Old 05-11-2012, 08:16 AM
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Re: Blasphemy? SRT8 With Offroad Ability?

Honestly? People are not buying these Jeeps to take off road, nor are most people buying Cayennes to take off road. It's a cool idea what Porsche is doing to allow it to offroad, but in reality how many are actually doing it and how much extra $ does it make the vehicle to be able to do such thing.

I say there just is not enough of a market for Chryco to worry about it.
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Re: Blasphemy? SRT8 With Offroad Ability?

Snipe - SRT stands for "Street Racing Technology". No reason for offroad capability from an SRT vehicle. That is not what the brand is about.
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Old 05-11-2012, 03:43 PM
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Re: Blasphemy? SRT8 With Offroad Ability?

buy the overland for offroad
srt8 to drive around town
best of both worlds then and for about the same price as a porsche cayenne turbo lol
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Re: Blasphemy? SRT8 With Offroad Ability?

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buy the overland for offroad
srt8 to drive around town
best of both worlds then and for about the same price as a porsche cayenne turbo lol
That's all fine and dandy but what about when you're cruising at 150 mpg on the interstate and then you decide you want to drive up an embankment (to take a shortcut) to somewhere?
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Re: Blasphemy? SRT8 With Offroad Ability?

MY baby wont touch a dirt road! Too expensive to mess around with rocks, mud, n dust!
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Re: Blasphemy? SRT8 With Offroad Ability?

We drove a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit 5.7L 4x4 for a day while waiting for our SRT8 to arrive. If we had not become hooked on the SRT8 first, we would be driving an Overland Summit and thrilled with it. The smooth, cushy ride, quiet interior, awesome saddle leather seats and trim, and the 5.7L Hemi is no slouch. Not to mention $14K cheaper. We liked it so much we very nearly changed our mind to buy it instead. Fortunately, we recovered from our brief illness quickly once the SRT8 arrived and we started it up.

I wouldn't mind the idea the SRT8 having a little more offroad capability, but it would add even more weight with the Quadra-Lift suspension, add more price (gulp), and reduce performance, all of which defeat the purpose of the SRT concept. Plus, there is no way I am taking those expensive wheels offroad to get dinged, nicked and scraped.
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Re: Blasphemy? SRT8 With Offroad Ability?

Or you could just supercharge or Turbo Charge the WK2, add the brakes/wheels and tires, and you'd have a close competitor.
Of course if tuning was available.
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Yeah I doubt their street performing wk2 is going to be given off road capabilities. You don't need a 6.4 V8 to off road, that's just plain stupid. It's aerodynamic for speed, giving it 4x4 capabilities would defeat everything SRT stands for.
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Re: Blasphemy? SRT8 With Offroad Ability?

I want 150 mpg
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Re: Blasphemy? SRT8 With Offroad Ability?

As the others have stated SRT's are niche market vehicle vehichles.

Even if the SRT did have the Ajustable suspension (which it should have) you still would not want to take off roading.
  • High performance tires are usually hard and don't have good traction off of pavement.
  • Low profile tires are not ideal for Off roading as well
  • High performing vehicles usually have stiff sway bars to keep them cornering level.
Note although there are some Hotted up SUV's such as the Cayenne Twin Turbo and the Mercedes Benz ML63,VW Touareg R50 and Audi Q7 W12 while they may still try to retain some off roadability the experiece is compromised by painted lower facsias, lower hanging body cladding, reduced departure and approach angles and of course the wrong tires.
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Re: Blasphemy? SRT8 With Offroad Ability?

Im coming from a Toyota 4x4 and Im hoping that the Jeep SRT8 in snow mode will at least have some offroad ability on a beach with hardish sand for instance. I need it to be able to tow and launch my jetski.

Has anybody been "offroad" as yet using snow mode and can comment on the traction provided.

I understand that the clearance of the SRT8 doesnt provide for anything hardcore but Im hoping soft roading isnt altogether excluded.
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