We realize that it feels like 2011 just started. Maybe it’s because for a lot of us there is still snow on the ground, or that the torrential downpours don’t seem to let up. In reality, though, it’s technically spring, so brace yourself because in just one short season the all-new 2012 Jeep® Grand Cherokee SRT8 will hit a Jeep brand showroom near you.
Without sounding too cheesy we can honestly say that this is the best Jeep Grand Cherokee…ever. What makes the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 the “best ever”? Well, for one thing our engineers are getting pretty good a creating something that hits the mark for perfection. They worked tirelessly with the Chrysler Group LLC’s Street and Racing Technology team, hammering out all the details making sure that this vehicle came together seamlessly, creating the perfect blend of rugged Jeep brand qualities and smooth luxurious trappings.
We’re asking a lot of the 2012 Grand Cherokee. It’s not allowed to just look good on the lot or in your driveway; it must perform as well. And does it ever: The Grand Cherokee hits 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds, and polishes off the quarter-mile in the mid 13-second range. It hits a top speed of 155 mph, not that we recommend you try that out. Also, if you need to brake fast and hard, she’ll accommodate you, coming down from 60-0 in just 116 feet.
Equal in both beauty and brawn, this Grand Cherokee is the most powerful Jeep vehicle ever. With an all-new 6.4-liter HEMI V-8, the Grand Cherokee is capable of 465 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque. All that power is nicely harnessed with adaptive damping suspension managed by the all-new Selec-Trac system, making this Grand Cherokee capable of up to .90 g on the skid pad. Also new for 2012 is an active valve exhaust system, which allows standard Fuel Saver Technology to engage over a wider rpm range for an estimated 13-percent improvement in highway fuel efficiency and 450-mile range. As if this weren’t enough we’ve also made driving just that much more pleasurable by adding standard steering wheel mounted paddle shifters.
Mike Manley, our faithful and fearless President and CEO had this to say about the all-new 2012 Grand Cherokee SRT8; “…the Grand Cherokee SRT8 is the ultimate performance SUV, delivering a combination of Jeep capability and utility, world-class performance, luxury and refinement, advanced innovative technology… 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.” He added, “Our new benchmark performance SUV effectively broadens the Grand Cherokee portfolio and will continue to draw new customers into Jeep showrooms.”
Well said Mike, well said.
Now, as those around you are prepping for summer with a full regiment of crunches, spray tanning, and beach attire shopping you can be prepping by visualizing yourself in the 2012 Grand Cherokee SRT8. Imagine yourself sliding into the race inspired interior, gripping those paddle shifters, and driving off into the summer sunset. Grab you calendar and start counting down the days, it will be here before you know it.