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Chrysler introduced two new SRT8 models at the 2011 New York Auto Show, but the one that jumped out at us the most was the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8. Our apologies to the Chrysler 300 SRT8, but we just like the bigger and more rugged look a tad better. The new Jeep comes with performance-oriented styling, world-class ride and handling, benchmark braking, and race-inspired interior.

This monstrous machine is powered by a 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 that delivers an estimated 465 HP and 465 lb.-ft. of torque. Coincidentally, it’s the same engine used in the Chrysler 300 SRT8, but we can fit the kiddies and the dogs in the back.

"The all-new 2012 Grand Cherokee SRT8 is the ultimate performance SUV, delivering a combination of Jeep capability and utility, world-class performance, luxury and refinement, and advanced innovative technology," said Mike Manley, President and CEO — Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "Jeep vehicles have long been known for their off-road capability. In addition to Jeep four-wheel-drive traction and utility, the Grand Cherokee SRT8 takes capability to a new level by giving driving enthusiasts extreme performance for the street and track."

Hit the jump to read more about the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8.

  • 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8
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    V8 HEMI
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    6.4 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.8 sec.
  • Quarter Mile time:
    13 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
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2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 High Resolution Exterior
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The Jeep Grand Cherokee has a special place in our hearts for its beautiful, yet rugged design. Factor in the updated engine and the SRT8 starts popping up higher on our list. The differentiation between the two, other than the power, is the upgraded front fascia, new LED multi-function daytime running lamps, a body-colored front grille with a unique black screen background, and chrome bezel inserts. The final touch has been given by a newly sculpted hood with functional dual black heat extractors for added engine cooling. Oh, and the SUV has been lowered by one inch as well.

In the back, the Grand Cherokee Srt8 gets a new liftgate spoiler that reduces drag and improves downforce and a separate air diffuser along with an available trailer receiver and access cover. The change in power can be heard coming out of the vehicle’s dual-sport exhaust system featuring 4-inch exhaust tips. The car sits on a new set of 20" forged aluminum wheels ride on P295/45ZR20 Pirelli PZero run-flat tires


2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 High Resolution Interior
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The interior for the new SRT8 struts its stuff with some race-inspired technology. As soon as you enter the vehicle, you can see these elements illustrated in an all-new leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel, a race-inspired cockpit with the SRT logo, and paddle-shift controls on both sides of the new contoured palm rests.

The SUV’s seats are covered in SRT-styled Nappa leather and suede, with sculpted bolsters and adjustable headrests with embroidered SRT logos and contrast stitching accents on the two front seats. Heated (front and rear) and ventilated (front) seats are standard. Carbon fiber accents are integrated into the instrument panel and door trim panels and new bright, racing style brake and pedal pads add to the high-performance look inside the cabin.


2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 High Resolution Drivetrain
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Under the hood of the SRT8, Jeep has snuggled in a 6.4 liter HEMI V8 engine with Fuel Saver Technology that delivers an estimated 465 HP and 465 lb.-ft. of torque. With this amount of power, the Grand Cherokee SRT8 will sprint from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds, 0-100-0 mph in the mid-16 second range, and can cover the quarter mile in the mid-13 second range. It has a top speed of 155 mph and can get from 60-0mph in 116 feet.

The new V8 engine will be combined with an SRT-tuned, adaptive damping suspension managed by the new Jeep Selec-Track system. This setup works with the vehicle’s stability control, adaptive damping, transmission shift strategy, transfer case torque proportioning, Electronic Limited Slip Differential performance, throttle control, and cylinder de-activation to automatically tune the dynamics of the vehicle.


The new Jeep Grand Cherokee will go on sale in the third quarter of 2011. Prices will be announced at a later date.


2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 High Resolution Exterior
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The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is the type of vehicle that seems to stand on a platform all its own. It’s cool, powerful, and can get everyone in the family to their desired location comfortably and stylishly. Coming off of our Grand Cherokee high, we do realize that there are plenty of other powerful SUVs in the market to choose from: the BMW X5M and the Porsche Cayenne Turbo are just two examples.

The X5M is a more powerful SUV than the SRT8 with its twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine delivering 555 Hp, but both models can hit a top speed of 155 mph. Despite this, we still like the SRT8 better. It just looks more aggressive with a better overall look. The Cayenne Turbo is a great model, but it is designed for a whole other group of customers looking for a more luxurious SUV. It is powered by a 4.8-liter V8 engine that delivers 500hp at 6,000rpm and 516 lb-ft of torque.

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 High Resolution Exterior
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  (594) posted on 02.8.2012

The car has an aggressive front with a powerful engine. I like the interior design its very sporty, and it looks comfortable.

  (727) posted on 12.27.2011

This Cherokee has the great performance of SUV and deliver combination of jeep. A capable engine that last in a long period of driving. Very impressive that the two quality of vehicle combine in much powerful one.

  (776) posted on 12.22.2011

I feel so excited for this Cherokee! I would really love to have this vehicle than to other city SUV only! Moreover, I love the fact that it has an impressive interior even a speed performance.

  (382) posted on 12.13.2011

To be honest, I really don’t like the front of this Cherokee. It looks so ugly on that but good thing that its side rim gives a little beauty on it. However, I would still prefer to have a BMW or Porsche than this.

  (595) posted on 12.2.2011

Well, for a luxury SUV, I don’t think that this Jeep is the best choice. However, I must say that I’m really impressed with this, and I love the fact that it is also ideal for an outdoor activity.

  (539) posted on 09.29.2011

Very elegant Jeep, can now compete with other car manufacturer. As of its engine it is more performance-oriented and constructed for stronger specs, definitely best for long ride journey.

  (342) posted on 09.29.2011

The front really looks aggressive, but it is also awful. That’s why I’m not so impressed with its exterior. V8 engine with 465 horsepower is quite impressive on this Cherokee but is it also an outdoor car? It looks like an SUV for me.

  (458) posted on 07.8.2011

The engine is quite impressive for me. It really had a beautiful rugged design and the thing that I loved the most on this Cherokee. 

  (528) posted on 05.19.2011

Hmm, it has been quite a while since I saw a new Grand Cherokee released . Good thing that they were really able to make this new version really a stand out.

  (366) posted on 05.10.2011

SRT8 takes your road off that gives you a driving experiences to its extreme performance. In fact it has also advance version of technology which combines with a efficiency and world class.

  (410) posted on 05.4.2011

hmm. I don’t think that this jeep looks good in red! I can’t see the aggressiveness of this car with that color it actually reminds me of a sedan or SUV car. However, the engine performance of this car is kind of impressive.

  (444) posted on 05.4.2011

Well, I really don’t see the sporty interior just like what have been said in the article.
I find the design kind of lame and the wheels so awful!

  (412) posted on 04.27.2011

OK, one thing that I don’t like about the whole Jeep line is that they consume a lot of gas. Granted that they are large vehicles, the engine’s could have been tweaked to improve its efficiency.

  (683) posted on 04.26.2011

Well, considering that this is the Grand Cherokee,i am quite satisfied with this one’s performance. Even though the car won’t be seeing much off road travel on the average, it still is able to deliver.

  (446) posted on 04.25.2011

I don’t have any problem with the performance of this car for I believe that daily used car doesn’t need too much power.

  (402) posted on 04.25.2011

Wow! I find the performance of this car kind of outstanding for a SUV! I think those power is much better for a sportscar.

  (797) posted on 04.25.2011

Wow, finally a new Grand Cherokee model, I have really looking forward for this one for some time now. Good thing that they seemed to have done a lot of improvements on this.

  (40) posted on 04.21.2011

They took a great looking vehicle, made it ugly, and added a dismal amount of power...come on Chrysler...

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