The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 made its debut today at the 2011 New York Auto Show as the most powerful and technologically advanced Jeep vehicle ever. Set to hit the dealerships this summer, the 2012 Grand Cherokee SRT8 is powered by a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine delivering 465 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque (an improvement of 45 hp and 45 lb.-ft. torque comparing to the previous model powered by a 6.1-liter HEMI V8).
With these numbers, the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 runs is capable to hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.8 seconds an has a top speed of 155 mph or 250 km/h. Moreover, the car does to 0-100-0 mph in the mid-16 second range, runs the quarter mile in the mid-13 second range and brakes from 60-0 mph in 116 feet.
The impressive engine also comes with Fuel Saver Technology and a new-for-2012 active valve exhaust system and according to Chrysler the 2012 Grand Cherokee has a range of 450 miles on one tank of gas. Regarding the handling, Chrysler engineers improved it even further on the 2012 Grand Cherokee SRT8 and the manufacturer says that the vehicle is capable of .90 g on the skid pad.
The new Grand Cherokee SRT8 also features an Electronic Limited Slip Differential that eliminates rear wheel slip and improves handling. Stopping power for the 2012 Grand Cherokee SRT8 comes courtesy of new SRT high-performance Brembo brakes with four-wheel anti-lock brake system (ABS).
The car features new red-painted, Brembo 6-piston (front) and 4-piston (rear) calipers while vented rotors can be seen on all four corners measuring 15-inches (front) and 13.8-inches (rear). The calipers are hidden behind the new split 5-spoke, 20-inch forged aluminum wheels wrapped in P295/45ZR20 Pirelli PZero run-flat tires.
As you can see from the photos, the new car comes with a one-piece front fascia containing LED multi-function daytime running lamps, a body-colored front grille, while the rear comes with a new liftgate spoiler that reduces drag and improves downforce.
The 2012 Grand Cherokee SRT8 also offers the new dual-sport exhaust system featuring 4-inch exhaust tips. The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee's refined, luxurious interior takes on a performance feel in SRT8 form with race-inspired technology and SRT-exclusive appointments.
New Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, with its exclusive unibody lowered by 3 centimeters, has achieved a sportier as well as a more ground-hugging and energetic look. It is fitted with smart-looking 5-spoke, 20-inch alloy wheels with new wheel flare trims, a newly designed liftgate-mounted spoiler, black dual heat extractors which are smoothly morphed into the hood, and the distinctly unique dual-sports exhaust pipes which are exclusive to the SRT variants.
Equally impressive is the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8’s sporty yet elegantly designed interiors. The whole interior cabin is covered in black Napa leather and suede, with sporadic chrome and carbon fiber accents, to give the SRT8’s interior a high-performance look and feel. Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters give the steering wheel a sleek and smart look. Furthermore, the SRT8’s heated leather and suede seats come with smoothly molded bolsters and interesting accent stitching.
The SRT8’s single-molded exterior fascia features multi-functional LED daytime running lamps while its famous and well-proportioned body-colored, seven-slot front grille is subtly accentuated by a black decorative mesh with chrome inserts and gives the front of the SRT8 a tough and aggressive look.
A black-colored decorative mesh covers the air intake underneath the front fender while improved brake cooling and fade performance are made possible by a new underbody belly pan with an integrated brake ducting system. A pair of black heat extractors is smoothly integrated into the new hood to aid in the cooling of the SRT8’s HEMI 6.4-liter V-8 engine. While at the rear, a distinct one-piece rear fender is used together with an air diffuser located adjacently, and a sleek-looking dual-sport exhaust system.
Impressively spacious and cozy, the well-appointed interior cabin of the SRT8 oozes with race-inspired technological infusions and generous finishes. Included in the new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 as standard equipment is an elegant, leather-finished steering wheel with mounted paddle-shifters and a power-assisted control to adjust the tilt and telescoping of the steering column.