New York, New York – Jeep has presented the all-new 2012 Grand Cherokee SRT8 at the New York International Auto Show. The company said it is the best-performing Jeep ever, with acceleration of zero to 96 km in 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h.
“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 of the Jeep brand. “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. Our new benchmark performance SUV effectively broadens the Grand Cherokee portfolio, and will continue to draw new customers into Jeep showrooms.”
The model uses Chrysler’s all-new 6.4-litre Hemi V8 that delivers an estimated 465 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque, an improvement of 45 horsepower and 45 lb-ft over the 6.1-litre Hemi V8 it replaces. Standard fuel saver technology and a new-for-2012 active valve exhaust system allows four-cylinder operation to engage over a wider range, for improved fuel efficiency and longer range.
Standard steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters join the standard AutoStick on the floor, allowing spirited shifting on the road or race track. Other improvements include a stiffer body structure, improved handling, and a new Jeep Selec-Track system allowing drivers to choose between five dynamic modes for specific driving conditions.