2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 European version review and pictures

Posted on Thursday, 1 September 2011 , 07:09:21 byEmil

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Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 European version

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 had its debut in Europe at International Frankfurt Motor Show. Capable to produce no less than 470 bhp and 630 Nm, the car combines well known Jeep potential with racing advanced technology.

The car will be available in UK starting with the first quarter of the next year, featuring a 6.4 HEMI V8 engine, active damping suspensions, 10 cm exhaust tail pipes, a Selec-Trac system which optimizes the handle of the car on the roads and a system that improves with 13% the fuel consumption, called Fuel Saver Technology.

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 can go from 0 to 100 and back to 0 in 16 seconds, being able to reach the maximum speed of 155 mph. Among the standard equipment you can find some other advanced technologies, such as Quadra-Trac active on-demand four-wheel drive transfer system, adaptive cruise control, Command-View dual-pane sunroof, Rear Cross-path detection and 20-inch forged aluminum wheels.


The new high-performance Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 makes its European debut at the 2011 International Frankfurt Motor Show. Combining legendary Jeep capability and utility with head-turning ?Street and Racing Technology' performance, the SRT8 is powered by an all-new 6.4-litre HEMI? V-8 engine, producing 470 bhp and 630 Nm of torque, and making the new flagship model the most powerful, high-performance Jeep vehicle ever produced.

Available in Jeep UK dealerships from the first quarter of 2012, the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 features advanced new active damping suspension, which is managed by the new Selec-Trac? system to optimise road handling, in addition to a new system which allows Fuel Saver Technology to ensure a 13-percent improvement in motorway fuel efficiency and a 450 mile range. Meanwhile, the lowered profile, race-inspired interior and exclusive SRT steering wheel with mounted paddle shifters give a performance-orientated feel to the Jeep flagship model.

Designed and built using the proven SRT (Street Racing Technology) formula that raises performance to dramatic levels, the new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 accelerates from 0-62 mph in 4.8 seconds, 0-100-0 mph in the mid-16 second range, and has a top speed of over 155 mph.

Powering the new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is Chrysler Group's all-new 6.4-litre HEMI? V-8 with Fuel Saver Technology that delivers 470 bhp and 630 Nm of torque - an improvement of 50 horsepower and 61 Nm torque over the 6.1-litre HEMI V-8 it replaces.

For 2011, all Jeep Grand Cherokee models boast improved and refined on-road ride thanks in part to the vehicle's body structure - torsional stiffness was improved 146 percent versus the previous model. However, Jeep engineers have improved on-road handling even further, with the Grand Cherokee SRT8 featuring a new SRT-tuned, active damping suspension managed by the new Jeep Selec-Trac? system - allowing drivers to manually choose between five dynamic modes for specific driving conditions.

In the UK, the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 will become available in one specification. On top of the unique SRT8 items, standard equipment will offer some of the most technologically advanced features available today, including: Quadra-Trac active on-demand four-wheel drive transfer system, Command-View? dual-pane sunroof, Uconnect satellite navigation system, adaptive cruise control, 20-inch forged aluminium wheels, blind-spot monitoring with Rear Cross-path detection and new SRT high-performance vented Brembo brakes.

The exterior of the SRT8 is characterised by a lowered (3 cm), more aggressive profile and reveals the unmistakable Jeep personality and unique SRT DNA. LED multi-function daytime running lamps amplify the look of the high performance Jeep, while exclusive SRT features add to the masculine image - complemented by hood mounted dual black heat extractors for added engine cooling. At the rear, the SRT performance influence continues with a new liftgate spoiler, air diffuser and a dual-sport exhaust system featuring 10 cm exhaust tail pipes.

The new Jeep Grand Cherokee's refined, exclusive interior takes on a performance feel in SRT8 form with race-inspired technology and SRT-exclusive appointments including carbon fibre accent inserts, paddle-shift gear controls, Electronic Vehicle Information Centre (EVIC) and new SRT-styled Nappa leather and suede seats.

As would be expected with any Jeep, as part of the standard equipment the new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 offers a vast array of safety and security features.