The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT might not be the most powerful high performance sport utility vehicle in the US market, but it rivals the higher powered Porsche Cayenne on any road course – and in price. For 2015, the Grand Cherokee SRT gets even better, with a very modest power increase of 5 horsepower and 5lb-ft of torque along with a new noise cancelling system that improves the luxury feel. The added power and quieter interior is nice, but what is even nicer is that the 2015 Grand Cherokee SRT with more power and more interior technology costs only $115 more than the 2014 models.
The 2015 Grand Cherokee SRT is a Bargain Porsche Fighter
The ultra-high performance sport utility segment is a pretty small one and the main competitors are the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT and the Porsche Cayenne. The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee is powered by a 6.4L Hemi V8 with 475 horsepower and 470lb-ft of torque, with a fairly well-appointed base price of $65,490. The 2015 Grand Cherokee SRT will dash from 0-60 in 4.8 seconds and it will hit a top speed of 160 miles per hour.
The Cayenne is offered in two gas-powered trims – S and Turbo. The Cayenne S packs a V6 engine with 420 horsepower and 406lb-ft of torque that allows it to run from a stop to 60 in 5.2 seconds en route to a top speed of 161 miles per hour. The Cayenne Turbo packs 520 horsepower and 553lb-ft of torque from a turbocharged 4.8L V8 and this top of the line model hits 60 from a stop in just 4.2 seconds while boasting a top speed of 173.
So the 2015 Grand Cherokee SRT is quicker and just as fast as the Porsche Cayenne S, while being a little slower to 60 and a little slower on the top end than the Cayenne Turbo. However, with a starting price for the Cayenne S of $74,100 and $113,600 for the Cayenne Turbo, the SRT Jeep is $8,610 less than the S and $48,110 less than the Turbo Porsche.
While the top of the line Porsche Cayenne might beat the 2015 Grand Cherokee SRT in the quarter mile, an SRT Jeep owner would have enough money left over after buying his or her 475hp SUV to run out to a Dodge dealership and buy an SRT Challenger that will make short work of the Cayenne Turbo.
More Luxury, Same Jeep Working Abilities
In addition to the new power, the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT gets a new noise cancelling system that adds an extra touch of luxury. This system uses four microphones around the vehicle and the impressive SRT speaker system to remove wind and road noise. However, it doesn’t mute the roar of the 392 cubic inch Hemi. While some might question the point of a luxury feature like Noise Cancellation, keep in mind the high end luxury models with which the SRT Jeep is competing. The Grand Cherokee is known for being a hard working SUV, but in SRT trim, there is no question that the interior is more fitting of a sport luxury sedan.
More importantly, this 470hp Hemi powered Grand Cherokee offers incredible performance without compromising the expected capabilities of a large SUV. The SRT model offers the same impressive passenger space, cargo capacity and towing abilities as any other Grand Cherokee. Like the 2014 models, the 2015 SRT Grand Cherokee can tow 7,200lbs and having towed a trailer with a 2014 model – I can attest that this high performance, track tested SUV can pull a trailer with the best of them.