By: Scott Vandekerckhove – Lead Contributor
There’s been a whole lot of trash talking about the new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8. I guess you could blame some of that talk on the 13.71 ET I ran with it a few months back at Lapeer Dragway.
Once video of my original run made its way on to the forums, we saw comments ranging from, “Not impressive”, to “I’ll stick with my WK1, thank you!”, and “13.7 sucks, in my opinion”. I think you get the picture.
Well, this weekend I returned to Lapeer Dragway in a Challenger SRT8 392. This time the temperature was about 30 degrees cooler than when I ran the Jeep back in late August. In attendance just happened to be another new 2012 Grand Cherokee SRT8 that quickly dispelled all doubt as to whether or not this new super-SUV is for real.
In bone-stock form, the Jeep was mowing down the 1/4 mile in the low 13’s all day. Check the video below…
Then, as if it couldn’t get any better, that same Jeep ran an incredible 12.97 ET at 104.53 mph. See the time slip below…
Further comparison to my original runs show that 60 foot times were separated by a full two tenths of a second and trap speeds by nearly four miles per hour. The Jeep in the video above did hit 105 mph on one run. Incredible!
I can’t wait to see when both first and second generations of the Jeep SRT breed face off at the strip. Finding someone with a bone-stock first gen, however, will likely be difficult. May the best one win!!!