Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso get Ferrari-inspired 2012 Grand Cherokee SRT8s

Article by Anita Panait, on February 3, 2012

Formula One drivers Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso last Thursday received the keys to their own 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8s, courtesy of Ferrari and Chryslers’ Italian parent, Fiat S.p.A. The SRT8s come in Ferrari’s signature finish, Rosso Corsa, which means Racing Red. The vehicles’ seven-slot grille is painted in matte black with red custom inserts. 

The SRT8s were painted with an offset black stripe that extends from bumper to bumper. The Italian flag is painted on the underside of the rear spoiler, as a tribute to the Ferrari F150th Italia F1 car. The rear vehicles’ light bar is painted in gloss black with red accents around the Jeep logo. The specialized SRT8s are 1.5 inches lower than the standard SUV, highlighted by black 20-inch wheels.

The SUVs’ interiors were also special. The seats were given Ferrari red leather inserts with bolsters. Getting the red leather trim were also the vehicles’ door-trim panels, the central armrest and instrument panel. The steering wheels were adorned with red contrasting stitching and sports paddle shifters.

These are “ultimate performance SUVs that are identically built with classic Ferrari styling cues and one-of-a-kind Rosso Corsa exteriors,” according to Beth Paretta, director of marketing and operations for SRT. 

Paretta added that the Grand Cherokee SRT8 brings a combination of Jeep's world-class capability to the road or the racetrack.

The customized SRT8’s are still powered by the standard car’s 6.4-liter Hemi V8 with 470 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. Chrysler will begin deliveries of the standard SRT8 to European customers in May, but has no plans to market the Ferrari-inspired version.

Press Release


Two specially prepared models of the new 2012 Jeep® Grand Cherokee SRT8® - the most powerful and best handling Jeep vehicle ever - were delivered yesterday to Scuderia Ferrari Formula One drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa at the Fiorano circuit in Maranello, Italy.

The identical custom-built vehicles were handed over to the two star drivers by Beth Paretta, Director of Marketing and Operations - SRT Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC.

Each Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 features an aggressive exterior look with an SRT-exclusive design, which adds classic Ferrari brand styling cues and the unmistakable Rosso Corsa signature colour.

The iconic, seven-slot Jeep front grille is painted matt black and features custom red inserts. A race-inspired, offset black driver's stripe with a white accent customises the front and rear bumpers, bonnet, the entire surface of the roof and the rear spoiler. Additional exclusive details include a matt black painted dual-pane sunroof, Carbon fibre mirror surrounds and a gloss black rear light bar with red accents on the Jeep logo. To complete the unique exterior trim of the two custom-built SRT8 models, the Italian flag has been painted on the underside of the rear spoiler: a tribute to the Ferrari F150º Formula One car.

Ride height has been lowered 1.5 inches and both vehicles ride on unique forged aluminium, 20-inch wheels painted black, to give them an even more aggressive stance.

In line with the vehicle's custom exterior, the interior cabin is enhanced by exclusive Ferrari Red leather inserts on the seats with sculpted bolsters. Also the door trim panels, the central armrest and the instrument panel boast exclusive red leather. The leather-wrapped SRT8 steering wheel with mounted paddle shifters features red contrasting stitching. The unique instrument cluster features yellow dials which give the cabin a look of the GT cars produced in Maranello.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is powered by an all-new 6.4-litre HEMI® V-8 engine with Fuel Saver technology that switches off four of the eight cylinders when full power is not required, to ensure increased fuel economy. Thanks to the powerful HEMI V-8 powertrain delivering 468 horsepower (344 kW) and 624 Nm of torque, the SRT8 model achieves benchmark performance of 0-62 mph in 5 seconds, has a top speed of 160 mph and brakes from 62-0 mph in 35 m.

"We're excited and proud to be able to share 'Ferrari-style' custom-built versions of the most powerful and best handling Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 ever with two of the most talented drivers in the world," Paretta said. "We know that both Fernando and Felipe will feel right at home in our ultimate performance SUVs that are identically built with classic Ferrari styling cues and one-of-a-kind Rosso Corsa exteriors. The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 brings a combination of Jeep's world-class capability to the road or the race track along with unparalleled luxury and refinement and advanced innovative technologies for all driving enthusiasts."

The two, uniquely customised Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 models are based on the new high-performance model of the Jeep flagship SUV set to arrive in Europe, where it will be available in Jeep dealerships starting in May.

If you liked the article, share on:


Login or Create new account to add a comment!


Many have been excited with the impending arrival of the next-generation Jeep Wrangler and the new 2019 Jeep Grand Wagoneer, which is slated to be the brand’s new range-topping model....
by - October 21, 2016
Chevrolet has taken the wraps off its new Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 at the fall meeting of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA). Tagged as the most extreme fuel-cell-powered...
by - October 21, 2016
Honda has unveiled the fifth generation of its hot-selling SUV – the 2017 Honda CR-V. The latest iteration of the CR-V should help it maintain its benchmark status in the...
by - October 21, 2016
Many are already expecting BMW to launch an ultra luxurious SUV that will serve at its new flagship by late 2018. Larger than the X5 and X6, the new X7...
by - October 21, 2016
Most of you may have heard or already have one of those autonomous home appliances doing the house chores. Thus, it’s not anymore unusual to see a car going places...
by - October 20, 2016