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.

New Jeep Grand Cherokee – the SRT8 line – carries the unmistakable DNA of vehicles with the SRT badge. That means that it is characterized by 3-cm lowered height, new liftgate spoiler, five-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels, dual-sport exhaust pipes, and dual black heat extractors at the front hood. The Grand Cherokee SRT8 also has exclusive race-inspired interiors that boast of having a new steering wheel complete with mounted paddle shifters, leather-appointments, carbon fiber accents, and seats with Black Nappa leather and suede covers featuring sculpted bolsters as well as contrast stitching.

The new Grand Cherokee SRT8’s exterior showcases functional design features to enhance the car’s muscular and sporty look, including the alloy wheels, a liftgate spoiler, new wheel flares, the dual-sport exhaust system, and the dual black heat extractors. Moreover, the car’s one-piece front fascia boasts multifunctional LED daytime running lamps and its body-colored seven-slot front grille has a black screen background as well as chrome bezel inserts, adding to its aggressive stance.

Additionally, the car’s integrated lower front grille comes in gloss black finish, and its underbody belly pan, which is newly designed, boasts integrated brake ducting in order to improve its cooling and fade performance. What’s more, two functional black heat extractors complete the car’s new front end and hood, as well as giving it added HEMI engine cooling. A unique one-piece fascia, which includes separate air diffuser and which offers dual-sport exhaust system, can be found at the rear.

Grand Cherokee SRT8 has a refined cabin that is roomy and comfortable and that features race-inspired technology as well as exclusive appointments. You will see standard equipment such as leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel that comes with mounted paddle shifters, a power tilt, and a telescoping steering column.

Press Release

NEW 2012 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE SRT8 SUVS WILL SPORT FERRARI RED FOR FORMULA 1 STARS FERNANDO ALONSO AND FELIPE MASSA

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.

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