2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 to make its European debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 31, 2011

The new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 will debut in Europe at the 2011 International Frankfurt Motor Show. This high-performance vehicle will be available in Jeep UK dealerships starting in the first quarter of 2012. The SRT8 will have the world-renowned Jeep capability and utility as well as an amazing ‘Street and Racing Technology’ performance.

Powering the SRT8 is an all-new 6.4-litre HEMI® V-8 engine, which delivers 470 bhp and 630 Nm of torque, giving it the recognition as the most powerful, high-performance Jeep vehicle that was ever made.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 has been fitted with an advanced new active damping suspension, which is handled by the new Selec-Track system for optimum road handling.

It also features a new system that enables Fuel Saver Technology to guarantee a 13-percent boost in motorway fuel efficiency and a 450-mile range. The Jeep flagship model gets a performance-orientated feel from its lowered profile, racing-inspired interior and exclusive SRT steering wheel with mounted paddle shifters.

The new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 was designed and built using the proven SRT (Street Racing Technology) formula that boosts the performance to significant levels. It can now sprint from a standstill to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds, and go from zero to 100-0 mph in the mid-16 second range.

It could reach a top speed of more than 155 mph. The new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is powered by the all-new 6.4-litre HEMI V-8 with Fuel Saver Technology from Chrysler Group. It produces 470 bhp and 630 Nm of torque, a marked boost of 50hp and 61 Nm torque when compared to the 6.1-litre HEMI V-8 that it is replacing.

Consistent with its athletic qualities, the profile of the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is more aggressive and lower by 3 centimeters. However, this also displays clearly the unique design DNA that vehicles having the SRT badge are known for. The features on its exterior have been designed to be functional and thus enhance even further the powerful and sporty appearance of the model. Examples of this include the dual-sport exhaust system, the functional dual heat extractors in black, wheel flares, liftgate spoiler, and the alloy 20-inch 5-spoke wheels.

With the front and the rear having one-piece fascia each, the one in the back has the dual-sport exhaust system and separate air diffuser while the front is where the multi-function daytime running LED lamps are housed. It still has that iconic front grille with seven slots and in the same color as the body. This time though it has that distinct black screen background and since added to it are the chrome bezel inserts, it helps boost its aggressive stance. Integrated to the front is the lower front grille that comes in gloss black. Meanwhile the underbody belly pan was redesigned and has the brake ducting fitted to it. This helps improve not only in the fade performance but even with the cooling.

Rounding up the front is the hood, which is new as well, and installed to it are the dual heat extractors, in black, to help in the cooling of the HEMI engine. Four colors are available for the body: Bright Silver, Brilliant Black, Deep Cherry, and Mineral Gray. Looking at the interior, it is clear that it has been inspired by racing. Still, the interior is both comfortable and offers enough space. It has exclusive appointments with race-inspired technology. It still comes with equipment included as standard like the steering that is heated and wrapped in leather. Mounted to the steering wheel are paddle-shifters and the interior also has the telescoping and power tilt steering column.

It has the Electronic Vehicle Information Center which is managed through the horizontal spokes that are on the steering wheel. A distinct feature of the Cherokee SRT8 is the Performance Pages, to the SRT series, and delivers functionality typical of what can be expected from racing technology. With this, instant feedback from a number of factors is provided. These include the horsepower, torque, g-forces, acceleration from 0 to 100 kph, and braking distance from 100 to 0 kph. Covered distance times are included as well as expanded engine information. In general, the interior has seats in suede and Black Nappa leather with accent stitching. It comes with sculpted bolsters with the front headrest allowing for active adjustment. It results in comfort while on a drive and gives that needed grip to make sure that driver and passengers are kept in place while on the road. The two seats in the front have the SRT logo trimmed on it with contrast stitching.

Both the front and the rear seats have standard heating though only the front seats have ventilation. This guarantees comfort for everyone inside. To make sure that the cabin has a performance-oriented and refined appearance, there is the racing style brake, door trim panels, carbon fiber accents, and shift know and instrument panel, both covered in leather. In summary, it is not difficult to see that the SRT8 continues to have the design DNA of the company given the features already mentioned like heat extractors on the front and the dual-sport exhaust pipes on the back. Strengthening this impression are the new liftgate spoiler, alloy 20-inch wheels, and ride height lowered by 3 centimeters. Its interior is obviously race-inspired with the SRT steering wheel having mounted paddle shifters, leather-appointments and carbo fiber accents. The seats come in suede and Black Nappa leather with contract stitching and sculpted bolsters.

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