2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 Reviews

In most corners, the exit is at the top of the foot down and not lift, and this is where Jeep is really alive. Rear diff started to work as soon as you add throttle and did not stop until you pick up or straighten the wheels. At 25.8 seconds beating the Porsche Cayenne S around the loop is twisted by 0.3 seconds and tops with xDrive 35i BMW X5 by a second half full. It does not feel as composed as Europe, and you do not feel like you can place the car as accurately, but this is not ballet – it’s an SUV.

All the grip of Pirellis fat helps the big Brembo brakes haul the SUV off the pace as well. Front brakes have six-piston calipers clamping 15-inch rotors, while the rear has a four-piston calipers more than 13.8-inch rotors. Although more than 800 pounds heavier than the Charger and 300, have the shortest stopping distance at 106 feet from 60 mph. That’s 7 full foot shorter than the last Porsche Cayenne S and X5 xDrive 35i we tested. It’s the same Cayenne is not suitable for the Jeep off line, either. The 4.6-liter Hemi pull from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds – 1.3 seconds faster than the 4.8-liter Porsche.

From a standing start, the Jeep is surprisingly smooth. Floor the throttle and what will produce two lines of smoke in the other SRTs is a big squat, chirp a little, and the brutal acceleration. Gearshifts are definitely slower than the competition. Five-speed automatic long past its prime and is showing its age. SRT said the new transmission with a ratio that more will emerge in recent years, but until then, this one should be done.

Quarter mile in 13.3 seconds appear, showing 103.2 mph for the Jeep while Porsche manages 14.4 seconds at 98.7 mph. Jeep SRT also come in almost $ 10,000 cheaper than a Porsche. BMW fare worse than the Porsche, the X5 xDrive 35i running 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds, 0.2 seconds longer than the Porsche and 1.5 seconds longer than the Jeep. In a quarter-mile, 3.0-liter turbocharged BMW 14.6 92.5 mph run in, about 10 mph slower than the SRT8. Before all you Jeep owners go trolling for Cayennes and X5s, remember there is a faster version out there, even though BMW X5 M is about $ 30,000 more, and the Porsche Cayenne Turbo is just short of a few major twice the price. Jeep suddenly seems like a cheap, even if it can not go around and the door can not be separated.

2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Price, Review

2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, The Wrangler became almost luxurious. This year, Jeep decided to do some work under the hood. The carmaker replaced the sloth-like 205-hp 3.8-liter V6 and old-school four-speed automatic with the same 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and A580 five-speed automatic that debuted in the new Grand Cherokee last year. And manual transmission fans can rest easy.

The NSG 370 six-speed manual is still available, but wears a new clutch assembly. The new V6 makes 285 hp and a solid 260 lb-ft of torque—that’s an improvement of 80 hp and 20 lb-ft. Also, the more powerful motor, standard 3.21:1 axle ratio (3.73:1 and 4.10:1 gears are also available), and new transmission combine for a 10 percent fuel-economy benefit.

The standard tow capacity remains at 2000 pounds, unless you get the extra tow package, which bumps the rating to 3500 lbs. These Wranglers could probably tow more, but Jeep says the towing capacity is limited by the cooling system. Along with the powertrain improvements, you can now order the 2012 Wrangler with a body color hardtop and fender flares. And Jeep has retuned the shocks too.

The new 3.6-liter V6 is all-aluminum, so it weighs more than 90 pounds less then the old cast-iron block 3.8-liter V6. The new engine is 94 mm shorter as well. That may not sound like much, but it helped engineers package an improved, higher-flow intake system. It also allowed Jeep’s engineers to raise the alternator, so the 2012 Wrangler can ford deeper water.

It’s difficult to accurately gauge the dramatic improvement in acceleration from this new V6 without sampling the previous model at the same time. So we took twin 2011 and 2012 automatic-equipped Wranglers out for a test drive. The results were dramatic. We got both Jeeps up to about 30 mph and then pinned the throttle simultaneously. The old Wrangler falls behind the new one as if it were saddled with a heavy trailer. And from a dead stop in a foot-to-the-floor drag race, the new Wrangler pulls away. Jeep says it’s a 25 percent improvement in 0–60 acceleration. We believe them.

Track improvements aside, you can’t properly test a Wranger without getting it a little dirty. So we convoyed a group of 2012 Wranglers from Lake Tahoe to the head of the famed Rubicon trail for two days of four wheeling. The heavy snowfall and recent snowmelt made the trail more difficult. Crawling up wet rocks, the Jeeps would slide around, hunt for traction and sometimes slam hard onto their skidplates as a tire would slip from a rock. Each Jeep in our group was a Rubicon model, with locking differentials, a front swaybar disconnect, low gearing and aggressive tires. Still, the progress was slow. We made less than a half a mile per hour as we snaked the Jeeps through incredibly tight boulder fields, powered out of mudholes and waded through doorsill-deep pools of water.

Price : $22,045–$33,570

Powertrain: 3.6-liter V6, 285 hp; 260 lb-ft; six-speed manual or five-speed automatic; four-wheel drive