You may not want to keep the accelerator floored ALL the time.
Driving a beast like the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT – or even more, the Trackhawk – you'll probably find yourself wanting to mash the accelerator as often as conditions permit, and keep it pegged for as long as possible. But you'll also want to be able to release it again. And that might prove a little trickier than expected. Which is why FCA is recalling nearly 5,000 of them.
The problem is with the floor mats, which may trap the accelerator in the open position. So the manufacturer is advising owners to remove the driver's side floor mat until it can provide suitable replacements.
Fiat Chrysler notes that these, like all the vehicles it makes, are equipped with a safety device that's supposed to cut the throttle if the brake pedal's applied at the same time. And it says it's unaware of any accidents or injuries to have resulted from this issue, But just to be safe, it's calling them in.
All told, the recall affects an estimated 4,822 vehicles in the US (plus a handful of the floor mats it sold as aftermarket accessories). But about a third of the vehicles in question are still on dealer lots, so their fix should be that much easier.
The SRT and Trackhawk are the two top performance versions of Jeep's flagship model. The Grand Cherokee SRT packs a massive 6.4-liter Hemi V8, good for 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. The Trackhawk, though, boasts the Hellcat's 6.2-liter supercharged V8, delivering a whopping 707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque.
You pay a good deal for that much muscle though: where the Grand Cherokee starts at just $30,895, the SRT commands $67,695, and the Trackhawk a princely $86,200 – more than twice and nearly three times the base price, respectively.