2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 posts impressive track timing on Nurburgring

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 posts impressive track timing on Nurburgring

Ultimate performance SUV delivers a combination of Jeep capability and utility, world-class performance, luxury and refinement and advanced innovative technology

Even before the All-new, highly powerful, technologically advanced, high-performance vehicle from the Jeep stables arrives in the showrooms in Muscat - the all-new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 – has been busy in making its capabilities felt across the world. The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is a combination of Jeep's legendary capability and utility, merged with the renowned advanced performance engineering from Chrysler Group LLC's Street and Racing Technology (SRT) team.

Last month, this new offering from Jeep proved its capability and prowess at the Nürburgring, Germany's famous racetrack – which is the de facto place to promote high-performance merchandise.

Sabine Schmitz, the well known race track driver and television celebrity took up the challenge to drive and push with the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 to its limits. She piloted the 2,336 kg SUV around the Nordschleife in timing of 8:49.487, beating the time posted by a supercharged SAV belonging to a British rival brand.

Designed and built using the proven SRT formula that raises the performance to astonishing levels, the new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is powered by a 6.4-litre HEMI V8 engine with 470 hp and 630 Nm of torque. It enables the model to accelerate from 0-96km/h in 4.8 secs [almost as fast as the Bentley Continental and hit an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. The car can cover the quarter mile in the mid-13 second range and has very short braking distance. It can brake from 96-0km/h in 116 feet. Depending on market, Standard Fuel Saver Technology is also offered and a new-for-2012 feature involves an active valve exhaust system allows four-cylinder operation to engage over a wider rpm range, to deliver improved fuel efficiency. Rigorous factory testing has estimated 13 per cent increase on the highway and an extended range of approximately 720 kilometres on one tank of gas.

Standard steering wheel mounted paddle shifters join the standard AutoStick on the floor. Both are mated to a proven automatic transmission, allowing a choice of spirited shifting on the road and the race track. Both methods give the driver the ability to shift while the transmission controller calibration prevents situations that might over rev the engine. Fully adaptive electronic control of all shifting makes the powertrain more responsive while minimizing harshness.

The above feature is combined with improved handling, makes the new 2012 Grand Cherokee SRT8, the best handling Jeep vehicle ever - capable of .90 g on the skid pad - features a new SRT-tuned, adaptive damping suspension managed by the new Jeep Selec-Track system that interacts with several different systems (stability control, adaptive damping, transmission shift strategy, transfer case torque proportioning, Electronic Limited Slip Differential performance, throttle control and cylinder de-activation) to automatically tune the dynamics of the vehicle. Drivers can manually choose between five dynamic modes i.e. Auto, Sport, Tow, Track Snow/Sand for specific driving conditions. The transfer case of this vehicle enhances handling by proportioning torque between the front and rear axles to maintain the driver's intended path. The new Grand Cherokee SRT8 also features an Electronic Limited Slip Differential that eliminates rear wheel slip and further improves handling.

"The all-new 2012 Grand Cherokee SRT8 is the ultimate performance SUV, delivering a combination of Jeep capability and utility, world-class performance, luxury and refinement, and new-age technology," said Chris Edwards, General Manager of Dhofar Automotive. "Jeep vehicles have long been known for their off-road capability, but the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 takes capability to a new level by giving driving enthusiasts extreme performance on any surface.