The 2012 SRT8’s 465 hp, 6.4-liter Hemi V8 engine picks up where the 2010 Grand Cherokee SRT8’s 425-hp, 6.1-liter Hemi V8 engine left off. Via a five-speed automatic transmission, the new Grand Cherokee SRT8 will go from zero to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds -- thanks to tenacious traction -- and accelerates to an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph.
Chrysler does not yet have fuel economy estimates on the SRT8, but it’s safe to say it's nothing like a Toyota Prius.
Inside, the SRT8’s race-inspired cockpit offers the driver steering-wheel-mounted paddles to shift the transmission manually, and displays performance stats in the center console. The cabin also gets a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, carbon-fiber trim and leather-and-suede seats. An 825-watt sound system will pump out the most bombastic Wagner or White Stripes.
Oddly, the previous-generation SRT8 Grand Cherokee was not rated for towing. No longer. The new SRT8 can haul 5,000 pounds.
Chassis highlights include a new SRT-tuned suspension with adaptive damping, Brembo brakes and new split-five-spoke 20-inch forged aluminum wheels. SRT8s ride one inch lower than standard models and receive body-color fender flares, side cladding, and a dual-sport exhaust system with huge 4-inch exhaust tips.
Scared of full throttle or winding around the back roads with this much “go” on tap? Jeep will throw in one day of professional driving instruction from the Richard Petty Driving School when you purchase one!