Boy, am I pissed at Car & Driver Mag. this month.
Just one day after I closed the deal on my new SRT8, I opened the newly mailed August 2012 issue, and find a comparo called "Heavenly Heathens". I'm sure many of you will read it, so I'll spare you the messiest details. But some things do bear repeating, so here goes.
In this comparo, C&D tests the SRT8 against the M-B ML63 AMG, the BMW X5M and the Porsche Cayenne Turbo. Priced in that order, from low to high. The BMW wins, and that doesn't bother me so much, my wife drives a 2011 BMW 335i Coupe and it is simply wonderful. Everything is great, switchgear, steering, brakes, suspension. If the X5M is a similar performer, it deserves to win.
What pisses me off, is how much they slag the SRT8. Oh, they start their tirade admitting it might not be fair, after all the Jeep is $34,160 cheaper than the as-tested price of the eventual winning BMW, but then they quickly dispell that and claim "the frugality doesn't overcome a battery of behavioral faults"... C&D's words.
So, here's how the SRT8 actually compared in the tests.....
0-60 mph....within 0.5 to 1.0 seconds
1/4 mile......within 0.7 to 1.2 seconds (13.7 & 103 vs. 12.5 & 113 fastest)
Skidpad.......within 0.01 to 0.06 G's !!!
Slalom.........1.4 seconds faster than ML 63 AMG..tied second place X5M
..within 0.3 seconds of Porsche
700 miles 14 mpg.....beat ML 63 AMG by one..tied X5M
..one less mpg than Porsche
70-0 Braking......SRT8..163 feet
..ML 63 AMG...............164 feet
..Porsche Turbo...........166 feet
..BMW X5M.................172 feet
...and the Porsche was equipped with optional ceramic composite brakes at a cost of $8840 USD. I kid you not.
One praise they had for the SRT8....."it sounds as glorious as a Corvette".
C&D Summary for SRT8.....Shy on sophistication, long on hot-roddishness.
Well, I guess so! Isn't hot-roddishness what you buy a performance SUV for? And that braking nonsense......if they all had to stop from 70 in a row with the SRT8 at the back, it's stock Brembos would be settling it serenely on it's Bilsteins, while the BMW buried itself Cat. converter deep into the Porsche (with it's 9 grand special ceramic brakes). Hahahahaha!
With all this new information, I then went to each vehicle's website and did a "Build and Price". I used the same criteria for fees, taxes, green levy, license, fuel, admin, PDI and then took the same after-tax discount percentage that I got from my Jeep dealer, (1% yippee) from each.
Now you all know what you paid for your SRT8, and the difference among all of us is probably a few thousand dollars either side of 75 large. Compared to what I actually paid for my new ride, here are the results of my pricing exercise.....
ML 63 AMG .........$ 43,696 more
BMW X5M............$ 49,524 more
Porsche Turbo......$ 99,650 more!!! Hahahahahahahahaha!!!
Give me two SRT8's and a couple of trips to Italy any day.
Wow.....now I feel better!!!!