• Feb 11, 2011
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee – Click above for high-res image gallery

The last Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 was one heck of a muscle truck, but it was somewhat encumbered by being based on the last Grand Cherokee. The new model, however, is a different beast entirely, billed as the kind of vehicle that could help turn Chrysler's fortunes around. So what's next? The new Grand Cherokee SRT8, of course. And rumormill reports of its specifications are beginning to pour in.

According to insiders, the new GC SRT8 will bow at the upcoming New York Auto Show in April. And when it does, it is expected to pack the new 6.4-liter Hemi V8 with around 470 horsepower and just as much torque. That'll be mated, according to the rumors, to a five-speed automatic equipped with paddle shifters – an SRT first. Couple that to a new adaptive damping suspension, 14-inch Brembo brakes and 20-inch alloys wearing Pirelli rubber and you can start to see where Chrysler's Italian cousins are starting to pitch in. Heck, Chrysler is even said to be working on boosting the towing capacity, so the next SRT8 should be a more well-rounded vehicle to live with, as well. Thanks to all for the tips!



[Source: WK2Jeeps.com]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Are they seriously gonna do this? The new GC is an awesome vehicle, but shouldn't they be putting their money into pushing this vehicle in the other direction with some kind of fuel efficient offering like what Ford is doing? I'm sorry, but despite the very few decent product Chrysler is rolling out now, they are far from out of the woods. Putting out a pointless vehicle like a trackable SUV (not a very good sports car, not a very good SUV - although its a start if they fix that whole tow-hitch thing!!) might please automotive enthusiasts reading about it on a website, but I have a hard time seeing how this is going to lead to a healthy product line, something Chrysler is sorely missing.

      They have almost nothing in the C-segment, the 200 MIGHT have something to offer for the mid-size segment (regular consumers might be more easily tricked with the Sebring do-over than the motoring press), B-segment... I dunno is Fiat bringing anything over? And I haven't heard of anything significant in terms of alternative powertrains out of Chrysler.

      I'm really surprised this Jeep SRT8 is getting the green light in this day and age. I guess it'll act as a halo for the regular GC, but I think they could've spent their money more wisely.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm complaining about hearing about this thing before I've heard any mention of them developing a more fuel efficient GC to match the Explorer.
        • 3 Years Ago
        They can do both, make a fuel efficient one and the SRT8 model. It's not as though they intend on selling a ton of these if they do decide to do it, so what are you complaining about?

        • 3 Years Ago
        I agree the two vehicles have a slightly different approach, but it's hard to believe nobody would cross-shop the GC and the Explorer. Regardless, your comment is saying that based on the vehicles currently offered, some customers will go for the GC and others will go for the Explorer. Right now, Jeep is looking at offering a different product, and I'm just saying that this different product won't sell as well as another product that's geared towards fuel efficiency. Yes an SRT8 might appeal to existing GC fans, but I don't think it's gonna do a good job of convincing people who wouldn't have otherwise considered a GC. For a company so recently out of bankruptcy, they need to expand their market appeal, not cater to the gear-heads on Autoblog.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ah yes, but will it be "trail-rated"?
      • 3 Years Ago
      The poor man's Cayenne S.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The ZF trannies will only be available to the Pentastar V6 vehicles in 2012.....the Grand Cherokee being one. It will move on to other applications in 2013...

      see here for tons more info on the 2011+ Grand Cherokee


      http://www.jeepgarage.org/forumdisplay.php?f=73
      • 3 Years Ago
      I thought the previous SRT Cherokee was a good looking beast and it could outrun almost anything but a gas station. I think the new SRT Cherokee will probably also be an attractive piece of machinery.
        • 3 Years Ago
        • 3 Years Ago
        +1 this will be like a blue collar ML63.
        • 3 Years Ago
        In all honesty, I am not sure this new Grand Cherokee will look as good in SRT8 trim as the previous generation did.

        I bet it will still be pretty nice, but I can't help but wonder why they don't give us a Durango SRT8, seeing as Dodge has such a history of performance and the new Durango looking tough as all hell.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ LUST-STANG S-197:
        I'm with you on this one. Not really sure Jeep needs (or even wants) an SRT8 version in their lineup but, I'm TOTALLY sure Dodge would like a SRT8 version of the Durango. And I'm TOTALLY sure that the new Durango would look bad-as-hell in a SRT8 livery.
        Maybe Chrysler will bring BOTH to market?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Paddle shifters. On a Grand Cherokee. Really? Sigh...I guess people demand it so they will build it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Its either paddle shifters or a manumatic stick.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Get daily info and updates on the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 here...
      http://www.jeepgarage.org/showthread.php?t=18611


      This is where autoblog got their info......
      • 3 Years Ago
      I own a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8. The interior is cramped and crappy, but the vehicle is a ton of fun to drive and the exterior gets many compliments (mine is in red). I am looking forward to seeing what Jeep does with the newer model since I'll be ready to trade mine in a few years..
      • 3 Years Ago
      How about some Abarth Exhaust
      • 3 Years Ago
      The 5speed is a serious dealbraker. We're in a day where 6ATs are getting outdated because of 7 and 8 speed autos. ZF just engineered a new 9speed auto. The spread of gears in a 5speed makes me never want to touch one.

      I looked at the previous generation SRT8 and immediately ruled it out. I actually bought a Subaru, but that's another story. One of the huge dealbreakers for me was the fact I can't downsize the wheels to put snow tires on it in the winter. What's the point of owning an SUV I can't even use in deep, deep northern snow.

      It's an impressive truck when you look at the bottom line though. It's serious competition all stickers at $80K plus; I'm thinking X5M, ML63, Cayenne Turbo. The Jeep is certainly the bargain of the group! I look forward to seeing and driving one when they roll out.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The 8-Speed Automatic transmission is making itself into the RWD V6 Charger and 300 first. It'll move on from there from everything from the Grand Cherokee SRT8 and the Ram HD. That 9-Speed you mentioned is also going to be used in some of chrysler's small cars, debuting in the 2012/3? Dodge compact sedan.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Fluid? The spread of gears actually prevents fluidity because the drivetrain has such large gaps between gear ratios. Sure, all the torque means acceleration wont suffer (look at the Mercedes twin-turbo V12, they use the 5AT still because the 7AT can't handle the torque,) but you certainly feel downshifts more, you also tend to force downshifts a bit more (my driving style does at least.)
      • 3 Years Ago
      Best looking vehicle in this segment!
      • 3 Years Ago
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