2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 Ferrari Edition

Jeep is celebrating the launch of the Grand Cherokee SRT8 on the European market with two custom-built versions of the SRT8 called the Ferrari Editions. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to figure out that the SRT8’s transformation will be all about getting it to look like a Ferrari, at least in terms of colors and styling. Highlighting the transformation are exclusive Rosso Corsa colored exteriors, red leather interiors, and other odes to Ferrari, including being delivered to the Fiorano circuit in Maranello, Italy by Scuderia Ferrari Formula One drivers, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.

The two special Gran Cherokee SRT8 units are painted in a special Rosso Corsa paint finish and then combined with a matte-black front grille and matte black dual-pane sunroof. The standout feature of the paint job is the race-inspired, glossy black driver’s stripe with a white accent going from the front bumper up through the hood, roof, rear spoiler, and ending at the rear bumper. The aggressive look of the car provided by the SRT-exclusive design and the Italian flag painted on the underside of the rear spoiler add to the appeal and are topped off with a new set of unique forged aluminum, 20-inch wheels painted black and a lowered (1.5 inches) suspension.

The interior of the Grand Cherokee Ferrari Edition comes with exclusive Ferrari Red leather inserts on the seats with sculpted bolsters. The leather-wrapped SRT SRT 8 steering wheel with mounted paddle shifters features red contrasting stitching, while the unique instrument cluster features yellow dials which give the cabin the look of the GT cars produced in Maranello.

If there was ever an SUV that could be categorized as automotive porn, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Ferrari Edition would be it. Unfortunately, the two shown in the picture will be the only two ever made unless a tuning firm picks it up somewhere. Hint, hint, all you tuners!

UPDATE 03/05/2012: Formula One stars Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso have just received their custom Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 Ferrari Edition models. Do you think they liked them? Hit the jump to find out!


7 comments:

It’s a nice try to copy the stance and sporty-look of the Ferrari, but I’m not convinced.

Eh, Jeep should stop showing off a fail copy.

Jeep has never been a stylish company anyway; I didn’t expect them to copy accurately Ferrari’s exquisite paint job.

No matter what Jeep does, it appears like they can only be efficient in producing dynamic purposeful vehicles. I’ve never seen any of their innovations touched with fashion, including this Ferrari-inspired vehicle.

Is this for real? Did Ferrari take it under its wing, or did Jeep make it by themselves? It seems like a cheap version.

Sorry to say this but just because it’s painted red doesn’t mean it copied Ferrari’s style verbatim. This is still inferior, of course, compared to a Ferarri. The paint job looks rushed and sloppy.

Well, they’ve successfully mimicked Ferrari’s style. The colors are perfectly copied but why does the paint job look cheap?

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