Report: New Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 To Debut In 2012, Targeting BMW X5 M Performance

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler

The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is a vehicle commonly driven by backwards-hat types, who like to blast loud music and cut you off indiscriminately, as well as ostentatious chairmen of multinational corporations. With a new Grand Cherokee premiering in 2011, a void will be left in the lineup for those who aspire to the heights of a Mercedes-Benz ML63 or BMW X5M, but can’t afford the fairly steep price tag.

Enter the 2012 Grand Cherokee SRT8, which is expected to come with a new 6.4L Hemi V8 putting out an estimated 525-horsepower, and rides on a rumored air-suspension platform. According to a report by Car & Driver, Jeep is attempting to best the X5M’s performance figures, which means a 0-60 time of 4.0 seconds or less. While its the owner’s prerogative to buy a car like this, we can’t help but ask “why?”

[Source: Car and Driver]

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  • Joe Joe on Dec 20, 2010

    While its the owners prerogative to buy a car like this, we cant help but ask why? Simply put, "because we can and we want too". I also have to disagree with the comment "aspire to the heights of a Mercedes-Benz ML63 or BMW X5M, but cant afford the fairly steep price". Well I am sure if you asked those who purchased a SRT8 if they would have changed their mind and put that money down on a MB or BMW, I would say they wouldnt. Dont believe me? Check the SRT8 sales figures for 4 years. Seems that DC has done something right by having the SRT Team create for both Dodge and Crysler, but then again, I guess since we all wear our hats backwards and blast music, those figures dont mean anything

  • Ben Ben on Jan 26, 2011

    As a proud (former)owner of a 2007 GC SRT8, I can tell you it was a thrill to drive. I also had a 2007 911 Turbo at the time and drove the Jeep more often. My kids loved that truck which I only sold because I was putting so many miles on it the warranty was running out. But during that time I beat every vehicle on the road that 'tried' me. I could have owned any car out there (did, with the Turbo 911) and I chose the SRT8 over the Porsche SUV Turbo S edition ($179,000) which couldn't beat the SRT8 0-60!!! I'm waiting for the 2012 to come out and I'll be the ostentatious executive with the most badass SUV out there!