The Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR currently holds the unofficial production car record for a Nürburgring lap with a time of 7:12.13. The Porsche Panamera Turbo S is the first four-door to show up on the list of lap times with a 7:52.00. The Audi RS6 Avant is the quickest wagon with a time of 8:09.00, and the first thing resembling a sport utility vehicle is the BMW X6 M at 8:24.00. That right there would be the target for a Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 were someone to bring one to Germany for a 'Ring run. Last September, somebody did.

Piloted by the eminently qualified Chevrolet HHR SS (8:43.52). Still, you can't be taken seriously as a performance machine these days until you pay tribute at the Green Hell. And watching something attempt a high-speed 'Ring run that was originally designed to rock crawl is always fun. Scroll down to watch the official lap vid from SRT.


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      omgcool
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am dumbfounded by the HHR-SS stat, but otherwise I wasn't truly expecting much from the Jeep. The X6-M, as retarded a vehicle as it is, actually seems very respectable performance wise and should hardly be a benchmark for a vehicle that started life as a trail crawler. A low center of gravity is just not a value of Jeep. Chrysler even admitted that this wasn't built to take on the best.. It was meant to continue the Jeep SRT tradition of offering competitive performance at half the cost. On the other hand, two things I'd like to see with the SRT Jeep: 1) Apply the ZF 8-speed to the 6.4 2) shoe in the supercharged 6.4 when it's available [I'm guessing ZF doesn't make any transmissions strong enough for one of those though]. Then I'd be interested in a retest, see how close they could get it to the X6-M.
      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      sabine schmitz drove it?!...crazy girl
      hunter
      • 2 Years Ago
      why would anyone ever want to see any one of these camera angles...?
      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      James May does not approve.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Anthony Haats
      • 2 Years Ago
      All this article made me want to do was drive an HHR SS. I don't mind the styling or interior....
      The Other Bob
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's a Jeep. Nobody should flippin care what the 'ring time is.
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @The Other Bob
        On one hand, I agree with you, but on the other, I still love this vehicle for its uniqueness. No one expects a Jeep to be fast as hell, which makes it kind of a sleeper, which I do like.
      Rob
      • 2 Years Ago
      Absolutely pointless.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      over9000
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just goes to show you that performance SUV's are pointless other than status symbols.
        Ilovecars
        • 2 Years Ago
        @over9000
        This is a very small niche. Do you want AWD for bad weather, luxury appointments, comfy seating for 5, hauling capablity, AND to smile ear to ear every time you press the accelarator? There are very few cars for you my friend, and this is one of them :).
          Ilovecars
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ilovecars
          The regular Cherokee does most of those things, but is not "fun to drive fast". Google "2012 SRT8 Jeep test video", (there are a ton of them) and one common thing they all share is how much damn fun they are having throwing the thing around at high speeds. Great acceleration, great braking, decent handling, and an exhaust note that is amazing. I am sorry, but you do not get these things with the reg JGC.
          over9000
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ilovecars
          if I want that I'd get the regular Cherokee. Are you going to go hot-rodding offroad? Or carve along corners in the dirt? I don't think so.
        throwback
        • 2 Years Ago
        @over9000
        How are they any different from high horsepower sports cars? How many 458 Italias do you think ever hit their redline? How many Corvette ZR1s are run to within 50% of their potential?
        Smiley
        • 2 Years Ago
        @over9000
        How so? Why don't you run a GC overland, or a trail blazer, or a ford explorer on the track and see how well they fair. I've driven a WK1 SRT8 Jeep, Jeep overland (new and old model), new explorer, and many other SUVs. The performance SUVs are MUCH safer IMO. Their braking is unbelievable. They have much less body roll. They are all around better vehicles, and they look better too!
          KaiserWilhelm
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Smiley
          He's right, they are nothing more than a status symbol. You're taking a tall, heavy vehicle and doing whatever you can to defy the very physics that are holding it back. If you wanted to just go fast, this is a moronic vehicle to buy.
      Cruelheart
      • 2 Years Ago
      25 seconds slower than the BMW eh? Good thing it's 25 times better looking.
      Ilovecars
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have seen several of these in Black around my house lately, and the pictures do them no justice. It's a great looking car, and it brings smiles to the faces of all people that have test drove them in every single video I have seen. For the haters, just go to a dealership and test drive one. If you still hate it...fine...but I doubt it.
        Xedicon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ilovecars
        Agreed! The new GC looks really sexy, especially the SRT8 model!
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