• Jun 24, 2008
Click image above for small gallery of the new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8

While out in the Mojave testing the new Subaru STI, our buddy Rich Truesdell not only came upon a fleet of 2009 Acura TLs, but caravan of Mopars. There were "several Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8s, a Dodge Challenger, with a camouflaged Jeep Grand Cherokee towing a trailer in tandem with a Mercedes ML towing a similar trailer." The ML was a tipoff that this could be a Grand Cherokee with the Mercedes-shared turbodiesel engine. But when the vehicles passed by, they knew they were listening to a Hemi under that hood. So maybe it is just an upgraded Hemi that was being load-tested against a similarly powerful ML550. Informed speculation says that a new fascia lies behind the camo and it was undergoing cooling testing. Rich also mentions tire upgrades and even a horsepower bump as possible reasons for the desert excursion. One intriguing theory is the adaptation of Chrysler's gas-saving multi displacement system to the hi-po Hemi, something Chrysler has said wouldn't work on this engine. We'll probably have to just wait and see, but for now, check out our mini gallery supplied by Truesdell and Automotive Traveler for the rest of the tale of the encounter in the desert.


[Source: Automotive Traveler]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      the MDS will NOT be on the 6.1L engine, nor will any HP increase for a few more years before the new engines arrive
      • 6 Years Ago
      I still keep asking myself what is the purpose of such car in today's world of high gas price.
        • 6 Years Ago
        its for people who can afford gas and hate listening to whiners like you who cant. i dont mind driving my sport truck around, even if i only get 8.8mpg in the city and 15 on the highway
      • 6 Years Ago
      Thank God they got rid of the double round headlights. They really didn't fit on the Grand Cherokee with everything else being so angular and chiseled. How about a 2-mode hybrid? Think they might be testing that with the 5.7L Hemi?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hopefully it has the 7g-tronic.

      If Chrysler toned down the camshaft of the 6.1, dropping output to about 400hp, then the MDS cylinder shutoff would work.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Red brembos vs black...I'd guess refresh.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Couldnt this be a mule for the all new one which is supposed to come in 2010.
      • 6 Years Ago
      wow, good idea Chrysler! I see it already comes with a trailer load of that $2.99 gas.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hopefully they made it faster, seeing as how the FX50 is just as quick now with a much smaller engine.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually the X is slower by about half a second to 60 and through the 1/4
        • 6 Years Ago
        Which is pretty much nothing, only .5 of a second, and it might be even less.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What it really needs is a bigger and completely redesigned interior, the current one is an embarrassment even for Chrysler.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Need" is a subjective word.

      I want one of these though I don't need it.

      It also doesn't "need" cylinder deactivation, in the real world it actually doesn't save any fuel.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Must relocate the exhaust...the stock SRT8 has center exit in place of the hitch
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