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2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 (photos)

Jeep calls its 2012 Grand Cherokee SRT8 the Ultimate Performance SUV, and it's got the performance numbers to at least make that a plausible claim.

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Antuan Goodwin
Antuan Goodwin gained his automotive knowledge the old fashioned way, by turning wrenches in a driveway and picking up speeding tickets. From drivetrain tech and electrification to car audio installs and cabin tech, if it's on wheels, Antuan is knowledgeable.
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The recently refreshed Jeep Grand Cherokee gets a massive injection of performance at the 2011 New York auto show with the announcement of the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8.

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6.4-liter Hemi

Under the hood is an all-new 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 that produces 465 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. It's also 13 percent more efficient than the last generation's SRT8 variant.

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The SRT8 features a very aggressive front end with a gaping lower grille opening that mimics a sports car's.

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Sports car looks or no, the Grand Cherokee is a massive vehicle that hits 60 mph in 4.8 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph. That's no small feat.

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Safety tech

The Grand Cherokee also gets an array of safety technologies, including adaptive cruise control, rear cross-path sensing, blind spot monitoring, and SmartBeam headlamps.

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Active suspension

The vehicle sits a whole inch lower on its suspension than the non-SRT8 model. The SRT8 also features an adaptive damping suspension.

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Selec-Trac system

Jeep's Selec-Trac system calls the shots, controlling aspects of both the power train and the active suspension.

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Brembo brakes

Brembo brakes haul the Grand Cherokee SRT8 to a stop from 60 mph in 116 feet.

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Hood scoops

Deep hood scoops help to pull hot air through the radiator and out of the engine bay.

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Interior

The interior refresh that the Grand Cherokee received in last year still looks good on the 2012 model.

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Uconnect

Chrysler's Uconnect system makes another appearance in the dashboard of the 2012 Grand Cherokee.

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