• Apr 13, 2009
Our friends over at Jalopnik have what they claim is an official rendering of the next-generation 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8. With the redesigned 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee already revealed under the brights lights of the New York Auto Show, it was only a matter of time before we received news of the high-performance version's fate.

Aside from big wheels, a ram air scoop, rear spoiler and some subtle ground effects, the new GC SRT8 looks fairly restrained from the outside, but inside reportedly lies a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 producing between 505 and 525 horsepower and somewhere around 510 lb-ft of torque. The vehicle's all-wheel-drive system will also reportedly be heavily revised to handle all that power, which should make this new SRT8 SUV faster than its predecessors and one of if not the fastest SUV of all time.

Being that Chrysler uses the same V8 in most SRT8 products, expect this one to find its way under the hood of the Challenger SRT8 and Charger SRT8, as well. You might be asking why Chrysler continues to keep the lights on in the SRT offices, especially after GM scuttled its High Performance Vehicles Operation. While the cash to make new SRT vehicles could certainly be used for other things, we applaud the Auburn Hills-based automaker's decision to further fund its high performance department. If anything, it shows there are men and women in the company who still passionate about building things other than minivans and Wranglers.

UPDATE: We contacted Chrysler to confirm this rendering is indeed official and were told, "Definitely not ours." So consider the image and information above speculation until harder evidence surfaces.

[Source: Jalopnik]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I like, for SRT show must go on.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm surprised no one has really questioned the fact the post says a 6.4L HEMI. I thought this was a crate engine only? Have I missed something that says Chrysler is bringing the 392 to production cars?
      • 5 Years Ago
      High performance cars will always have a market.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If this makes 510 ft. lb.'s, this will be one of (IF not the )highest production engine
      torque gasoline engine that is normally aspirated anywhere!!! Remember that this motor still has ONLY 2 Valves per cylinder!!! Does any one know if there
      are higher specific torque output production engines out there that use gas and
      are naturally aprirated?
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is so STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Chrysler can't even make a good basic bread-n-butter mid-size sedan (Camry, Accord, Fusion, Malibu,...) and make money at it, they waste OUR MONEY making 11mpg Jeeps!!! Please just GO OUT OF F!@#$%G BUSINESS!!!!!!

      Thank god its less than 3-weeks to go before they file Chapter-7 Bankruptcy!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Jack: "Firstly, it's low volume model which would always find a buyer and make profits for company. :) Secondly, the cost of built this version isn't too much high-just bigger Hemi, stronger brakes, harder suspension and sports front seats... :)
        And I'm sure that it'll get more than 11mpg, even in the city..."

        Low volume cars cost much more (per unit) than volume breed-n-butter sedans and do NOT always turn a profit. Fact is most lose money because they are typically designed to be "Halo" cars!

        Add the new "heavier" components and you still need tons of engineering, testing, development, tooling... so they are very costly with low volume.

        EPA rates this SRT8 at 11/14 mpg (city/highway) and if you "play" with all that 500 HP, your MPG's will surely go into the single digits.

        Bottomline: This is NOT a formula to turn profits and avoid bankruptcy, its STUPID given their current situation.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Finally producing exciting products that exude quality and will get people interested in buying from Chrysler again is a pretty good formula for staying in business.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Just wait... Have you seen 200C project? Chrysler is on the good way, like the rest of D3. Cars aren't (maybe partially-bad times for your good trucks and SUVs and lack of recommendable smaller vehicles in offerings) guilty for crisis, it should be done order with D3 employee' privileges-they are not saint cows-they should be happy that production hadn't been moved to China instead of demanding more&more. Nowhere in the world auto-fabricants had as so good as in America...
        Accusing this car of wasting your money is totally senseless. Firstly, it's low volume model which would always find a buyer and make profits for company. :)
        Secondly, the cost of built this version isn't too much high-just bigger Hemi, stronger brakes, harder suspension and sports front seats... :)
        And I'm sure that it'll get more than 11mpg, even in the city...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Exude quality, what planet are you on?
      • 5 Years Ago
      While I love the SRT Jeep I seriously doubt that Chrysler is concerned with a new one at all. What were the lifetime sales for the current model?
        • 5 Years Ago
        it is a low volume car....doesnt matter about life time sales....it sells and makes a great profit
      • 5 Years Ago
      What a trash heap. Chrysler needs to stop wasting money on frivolous supercharged dumpsters. If you want to go fast, get a sports car. If you want to go off-road, get a truck. The SRT-8 is a complete vehicular oxymoron, compounded by an ugly face and crappy build quality. I always laugh when I drive by one with the guy thrashing on the rumbly exhausts thinking 'yeah, this is what awesome is!'
      • 5 Years Ago
      I truely like the current srt8 cherokee.
      It's got style, power and handling.
      This coming from a ford guy.

      What i don't like is the value, it's damn near 50 grand, can't tow tow well, and then the worst part, the gas mileage. Basically from reading through srt8cherokee forums, gas mileage is anywhere from 9-14.
      While the cherokee handily outruns a trailblazer SS (which i also like), the TB is alot less money, and gets you more mpg, while still providing quite the kick in the pants.

      Dodge really needs to work on the efficiency of their current hemi engine. I don't expect big mpg numbers from these types of cars, but they should be a little bit better by now.
      For a vehicle to be a Daily driver capable, it should get around 20mpg highway, IMO, i could deal with a few less, but not numbers under 15mpg in this day and age, from a new car.

        • 5 Years Ago
        jcar302:

        Keep in mind the 6.1/6.4 versions of the hemi do not have MDS. Compounded with the drag of the SUV and the full time AWD, the SRT GCs just aren't going to get good mileage. Most people I know that own these use them as a weekend family hot rod......Daddy wants a corvette, but he has two kids...so he gets a Jeep instead.

        A friend has a 2007 Super Bee Charger, and he is getting 18mpg city/hwy combined, and about 22 on the highway..not bad for a 4,000 lb, 425 hp car...he is not easy on it either.

        The 5.7L hemi is good for 22-23mpg hwy in the Rams. The EPA numbers are deceiving because the testing system doesn't allow for the MDS to stay engaged as much as it should.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i still LOVE LOVE LOVE this car. the best thing coming out of chrysler corporation on a regular basis!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree. The current ones have their haters, but that's all those people are.

        It performs as well in the bends as the best of the best SUVs, Porsche included!

        It's quicker to 60 than any other production SUV, although after that its gearing and comparative lack of power does show. It looks mean, drives great, and has a superb powertrain and drivetrain.

        Truly, I am excited to see how this turns out. With the real interior the Jeep gets for 2011, it will have few flaws IF they do it right.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now you can go fast and more easily roll it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sorry to say, the revised SRT8 GC was axed months ago. The current model is a great vehicle though!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I own a 2007SRT, I called my Jeep dealer asked if I could place an order today for the 2012.....
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