The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is most definitely not your average soccer mom-and kid-totin’ SUV. In addition to a meaner, brawnier exterior, the new Grand Cherokee SRT8 is packing serious heat under the hood.
The new Jeep will borrow its engine—a monstrous 6.4L V8 HEMI, worthy of a very healthy 465 horsepower—from one of its corporate siblings, the Chrysler 300C SRT8 sedan. On the straightaway, the Jeep flies from 0 to 60 in about 4.8 seconds and comes to a standstill in a measly 116 ft. And it simply tears up the slalom, rounding the little orange cones at a very respectable .90-g.
Increased power and sportscar-like handling aren’t the only things the new Jeep has going for it, though. Standard fare includes Chrysler’s Selec-Track system (five presets for ride/drive quality, including one for ‘Sport’), Sirius radio, an MP3- and DVD-ready entertainment system, upgraded material trim inside; a one-piece, sportier front-end, 20″ chrome sport wheels, and dual chrome exhaust tips.
The quintessential question here is: Is it possible to have a super-sportscar-like SUV, like this one, that’s just as capable on the pavement as it is on jagged terrain? Yes.