Re: Track Tested Video: 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 vs 2011 Porsche Cayenne Turbo
I don't know that changing a driver is going to make it lose the 200+ lbs that it gained. They gave it another 22 MDS CIDs, but added another person's worth of weight, and as has been blah blahed for some time now, 2011 tuning has been encrypted, not like the previous years where they just reverse engineered the code for the cells, the whole shooting match has a 128 bit super padlock, so unless Chrysler gives out the goods, not much out there yet. That can always change, but its a different story from previous years.
Car and Driver got it right this month. "Brand New Heavy. 2.6 tons, slower than its predecessor, softer look and feel." 0-60 at 4.7 and 1/4 mile at 13.4 @104.
"Compared with the hunkered and ready 2010 SRT8, this edition appears to suffer from bloat. More massive proportions, tall sidewall rubber and a less distinctive face have soften the cleanly chisled Grand Cheorkee that had the chutzpah to run with $150,000 SUVs. ... Nor are we convinced that a smoother glide, a more luxurious interior, and a move up to the 5000 pound weight class are appropriate missions for this team. We prefer a more throwback interpretation of the sacred SRT hieroglyphic."
Personally, I think it looks great as an SUV, just very similar to the older X-5s and a little slower than the previous years' platform. You get comfort and upgrades for a little less speed. I don't feel the need to piss on it, but I don't feel the need to buy it, either. If you're someone who doesn't want to modify the vehicle, its a great buy. If you want to mod it and track it, etc. you're fighting 250 more lbs and an engine that you can't even put a CAI tune on, at least for the near future, with less promise for the foreseeable future because of encryption.
All that said, I bet they are a damn nice ride and an upgrade on feel and interior from the WK1.