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There is an SUV that's faster than the Cherokee SRT-8.

Supercharged RangeRover. Incredible machine, but as reliable as a.... Range Rover....

Anyhoo, I've been in the SRT-8 and it just felt cheap to me. Very happy with the Aero. Hauls the twins rather nicely. Hence the tags. :lol:

 

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One of the blessings of the Corvette engine is that there are all sorts of was to gain a tick of advantage here and there. There are also a lot of folks in Corvette forums who will guide and nurse you along to get it right. Cost for the American parts seems to be way less too. Put a Z06 plenum and cold air box and an "H" pipe with a Borla and net a cheap 20/25 horses with almost no effort.

Me, I really don't give a ratz adz if there is a Range Rover who can in theory catch me. I wouldn't even break bread with a traitor who bought a TATA from Mumbai in any way shape or form.

With a bit more jazz that is easy to come by for the LS motor, it is a matter of saying ta ta to da TATA.

Saw a motor the other day of that series and said to the mech .. "wow supercharged, 550 horse?" but it was more like 800 with a few additional options.

With the potential at so tiny a cost the old mil saying comes to mind ... "factor? nah no factor!"
 

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Oh Yea. These things are sweet. I hate regular Tblazers with a passion but a drove a Trailblazer SS to lunch one day back at the dealer. . . and I wanted one immediately. FAST, AWD, Leather, seats 5.

Jeep paved the way for these SUV's back in 1998 with the 5.9 Limited Grand Cherokee. Slow by todays standards, but can be picked up cheap now and with 5-7k worth of goodies, will outrun most rigs on the road.

I have yet to try an SRT-8 but I imagine its a beast.
 

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Local used car place brought a 9-7 Aero by and I took it for a spin, and ditto, it's bloody quick.

Haven't been in a Cherokee SRT-8, but there are lots of them around where we are, and they do sound pretty amazing, especially with a set of Hollywood pipes coming out under the bumper....

9-7 was much more agile than I thought it would be too, and considering they're 3 years old and the Aero can be had sub ~$16k a lot of times, seems like a time to use depreciation to your advantage to me.


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Have you really seen 9-7x Aero's under $16k? Most of my browsing has found them a little over $20,000. I think this is still a very good deal.

The biggest plus to a 9-7x Aero vs the SRT-8 is the towing capacity, in my opinion. I beleive the 9-7x is 6,600 pounds.

The Trailblazer SS is often compared to the 9-7x since they share the same driveline. The interior on the Saab is much, much nicer and I have found that the Trailblazer is often more expensive than the 9-7x in the same model year and similar miles.

And, in case some people weren't aware of this, there were only two colors offered in the two-year run of the 9-7x Aero (2008 and 2009). The two colors were the graphite black and silver. Only 21 silver version were made. Yes, 21. I am pretty sure that only 400 total 9-7x Aeros were made, meaning there are just 379 in black. It may have been 500 or 600, but obviously this is still very, very low production in today's world.
 

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There are some local Aeros for sale periodically listed at $18k-$22k, I think I remember some lot trying to blow one out for like $16.5k, but no one is buying SUV's in LA anymore, probably got trucked out to parts of the country that get weather....

I'm in MN for the holidays 2 more weeks and loving the 3 feet of snow we have, and I'm an hour south of The Cities. I'd take a romp in a 9-7 or a 9-2 out here in a heartbeat!

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