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The 2013 Jeep Cherokee SRT8. Power Refined.

Updated July 17, 2012

Let’s begin today’s topic by saying something that is normally never uttered in the off-road community. Jeep has made a Cherokee that is strictly for “On road use” only, and has kicked ass while doing it.    This installment will be about the newly re-shaped, the crispy and clean, 2013 Jeep Cherokee SRT8.

Before we go any further, we have to acknowledge the fact that the Jeep name has been a staple in the off-road world for decades now. Years, and years of Jeep stories have been told over and over again to one, and all. The stories of how, “I climbed a 46 degree shear faced rock with my CJ.” Or stories of how the first mud bogging truck was a Jeep, and so on, and so on. We all love them, and some us out there hate them, and the rest just dream of a trail ready rig with the Jeep logo covered in mud, & grime. Those days are far from gone, and nor will they ever stop being produced by the thousands of Jeep owners, who would sell their mother-in-law’s soul to drive down a sweet trail. But there are a secret few who have found the Holy Grail” as far as SUV’s are concerned. The Jeep Cherokee SRT8 was a concept that was already familiar, but never perfected. For years guys would try to find ways to “Butch up” their family grocery getters. New rim, & tire packages, slight engine mods, and even body kits to make them look lower to the ground. All of these modifications were lost on the general public, until 2004. In 2004 Chrysler took it upon themselves to beg the question, “What would happen if we took our Hemi, dropped it in a Cherokee, threw on some bad ass 20” wheels, lowered it, and made it roar?”

The answer was brought forth the next year at the 2005 New York International Auto Show, held at Javits Center. This reveal would set the SUV world on it’s proverbial ear. The effort it took to make an SUV, of all things outrun most BMW’s of the current time was completely unfathomable. Since then, the Cherokee SRT8 has been gunning for all that dare to step into the ring with it. Mercedes Benz with their M Class, couldn’t hold a candle to the SRT8. The X5 was the next target for Chrysler’s SRT brand.      The guys over at BMW made a posh little SUV, but when Big Boys roll up, you have to know your role, and fall back. And Range Rover, they’re in a class all their own.  Snooty Gloria Beckham types that love all things Rover. Stop it, to tall, to boxy, and too damn expensive. I digress, and allow me to swerve away from any potential verbal bashing that may find its way onto this segment.

The 2013 Jeep Cherokee SRT8, will be addressed with some of the same treatments that have been enjoyed on this year’s model. Double stitched, heated leather seats, paddle shifters, 20” wheels, w/run flat tires, a brand new 7.3 speaker, over the top audio system, and let us not forget that awesome 6.4l Hemi V8 that’s cranking out close to 480hp. It’s safe to say that your plate will be full for quite some time with this monster. As an added feature Chrysler incorporated Daytime LED’s, and a newly developed selective Quadra-Trac system that not enhances how you tame the road, but also takes advantage of the dynamic Adaptive Damping System. So fear of curved roads will immediately disappear. The overall cost for this package of testosterone will run around $65,000. It sounds steep, but if you consider what you’re getting into, there will be NO Doubt that you’ve made an awesome choice, after you just sit back and enjoy the ride, while you smoke the X5 you just pulled up next to.  All you can hear is Vin Diesel’s voice saying, “Smoke ’em.”  It’s Fast & Furious on a whole new level.

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Calvin Escobar
About Calvin Escobar

The Car scene is so diverse Where I come from, most enthusiasts recognize the amazing engineering (particularly the engines). The bulk of the ridicule originates from the manner in which many of the vehicles are modded/maintained. Thus, the jokes and or hate tends to be aimed more at the owner rather than the machine. All of which makes seeing properly sorted old Toyota's and Hondas at car meets, auto shows, and track days all the more refreshing.

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