Originally Posted by A-kon
I completely trust you guys. I don't trust the EVIC when it gets that low. Why? Because that's such an insanely awesome time for such a heavy jeep it blows my mind. It's too good to be true. We need an independently verified time that we can go rub in our friends faces.
At the very least some you sub 4 guys in colder climates need to line up next to an ML63 or X5M. If you beat them handily you can be rest assured the times are accurate. If you lose they aren't.
My theory is that in summer the mags are close to accurate and we get beat by the competition. However, in winter we are the faster vehicles. I just want to know without a shadow of a doubt.
BTW. I own a 2014 SRT and my best time is 4.2 (allegedly)
One thing you might want to keep in mind is altitude of the person testing, temperature of course of the outside air, grade of the incline etc.
As for magazines - I wouldn't trust most magazines stats as all they do is republish the stock info that Jeep themselves gave them at the launch. They don't take the SRT to the track and run it themselves. Some exceptions, but most don't.
Ralph Gilles said they (SRT) weren't releasing official 14' SRT numbers for the WK2 because magazines just go and disprove or better them anyway. So they used the numbers from the 13 in the 14's press packets, knowing full well the 14 was quicker.
I agree that the Evic is not necessarily the most accurate but like you, I am seeing a lot of great times listed. This leads me to believe it's pretty darn close to accurate. Like Scott said, time the video yourself with a timer on your computer and you'll find his time is sub 4.