Feature12 February 2016

America versus Germany and...er, more Germany. We've put together three brutal V8 SUVs, with a combined power output of nearly 1600bhp, to do battle on our quarter-mile drag strip.

Our US representative, the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, comes with 6.4-litres of HEMI V8; which is plenty for most circumstances, but will it be enough against the BMW X5 M and Porsche Cayenne Turbo S? Let's find out.

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12 February 2016

Not big, not clever - cut it out.

12 February 2016

No 'sports' models from Land Rover on the grid then? not so 'sports' then eh?

12 February 2016

not invited, or declined to take part?

2 March 2016

The fat Brits would have been spanked......Even Autocar would not try suggest a car that loses a drag race is actually the winner. Now a subjective road test..... ahh that a different matter!

The JLR product is slower, more expensive, almost definitely less reliable, has poorer build quality, uses more fuel than its rivals and wait for it......its the WINNER!

12 February 2016

Jeep need to drop the Hellcat engine into the Grand Cherokee to win that one.

12 February 2016

If heavy artillery and straight line pace is all that's being measured, then the Hellcat would find a very good home under the Grand Cherokee's bonnet. The Germans wouldn't know what hit them.
Oh, and JLR shied away because they knew they would lose this one; the Sport SVO is very fast, but just not quite enough against the two Teutons.

12 February 2016

I don't think the Jeep, even with Hellcat treatment will be a big threat to the Germans. It's not just the number of hp but how it's delivered. The interaction between the engine, gearbox and the AWD-system, all are important. And that is just in a straight line. Just look at Challenger Hellcat. They have too change a lot in that Jeep to handle all the extra power and it will be a lot more expensive. Maybe close to BMW money? Well here in Europe it will be, if not more expensive.

Dan

15 February 2016

The Hellcat works just fine with the current 8-speed auto, it's only the limitation of 2WD and not being able to fit wider tyres that holds back Challenger and Chargers Hellcats off the line, and even then they get to 60mph in 3.6s and through the quarter in 11.7s. Once underway (over 60mph), they smoke everything in sight.
The G Cherokee's permanent AWD would take care of that initial lack of traction, and Jeep are masters of AWD, I wouldn't doubt their ability for a second.

27 February 2016

I just love the sound of that Jeep. The kind of noise you could capture on a plate and eat with a knife and fork.

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