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2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 - (Australia)

August 1st, 2008
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Chrysler Group’s Street and Racing Technology (SRT®) organization has shown that it knows no boundaries with the creation of the first four-wheel-drive SRT vehicle, the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8®.

It’s the quickest, most powerful Jeep vehicle ever created, offering astonishing on-road and all-weather ability and power. With a 0-100kph time in the low 5 second range – in wet or dry conditions – it’s the quickest SUV in Australia priced under $100,000.
Powered by a 6.1-litre HEMI® V8 producing 313 kW and 569 Nm of torque, the 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 delivers a complete performance package, with exceptional ride and handling, world-class braking, race-inspired interior appointments and functional, performance-oriented exterior enhancements.

Design
Refreshed in 2008, the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8’s front fascia provides aerodynamic benefits by reducing lift and drag, while providing sufficient air flow to cool the 6.1-litre HEMI V-8 engine. The front fascia also helps increase brake-system cooling through integrated air ducts.

The rear fascia incorporates an aggressive centre cut-out to accommodate dual 4-inch exhaust tips. Sill extensions result in another functional enhancement by creating additional down force.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8’s cabin has been further refined for 2008 with softer surfaces and a richer look and feel, including a dark slate grey interior colour, accent stitching, new instrument panel and centre console, a unique SRT-designed leather-wrapped steering wheel, and new cluster graphics and bezel finishes. Full instrumentation includes a 300-kph speedometer, tachometer and temperature gauges, all trimmed with a unique blue accent.
The MyGIG Multimedia Infotainment System is now standard equipment for the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 for 2008. This includes satellite navigation and reversing camera.

Consistent with its performance attributes, the 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 comes equipped with power-adjustable, deeply sculpted performance front seats complete with uniquely patterned performance suede inserts to hold occupants during aggressive manoeuvring.

Engineering
SRT engineers created the first SRT vehicle with full-time four-wheel drive by creating a new transfer case. They used the front half of a Jeep transfer case, chosen for its capability and light weight, and mated it to the rear half of a heavier-duty case, chosen for its ruggedness and ability to house electronic full-time, four-wheel-drive system components.

Under normal driving conditions, 5 to 10 percent of torque is directed to the front wheels, but as much of the 6.1-litre HEMI V-8’s torque that’s needed can be directed forward when additional traction or stability is required. Remaining torque is sent via a heavy-duty driveshaft to a Dana 44 rear axle.

Providing horsepower and torque to the unique SRT four-wheel-drive system is a specially tuned version of the 6.1-litre SRT HEMI engine, which was developed by adding more displacement, increasing the compression ratio and redesigning the cylinder heads, intake and exhaust systems for better flow and increased engine speed (versus the 5.7-litre HEMI).

Power from the SRT 6.1-litre HEMI is sent through a special torque converter to an SRT-upgraded, five-speed automatic transmission with specially calibrated driver-selectable Autostick, which offers fully automatic or manual shift selection.

Chassis setup for the 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 employs SRT-tuned dampers, unique sway bars and specially tailored spring rates and suspension bushings. Front suspension knuckles were redesigned to accommodate high-performance braking and steering systems. The ride height of the 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is one inch lower than the Jeep Grand Cherokee, which lowers aerodynamic drag as well as the centre of gravity, and contributes to the vehicle’s stability and aggressive stance.

The braking system on the 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 features four-piston performance brake calipers developed by Brembo, finished in black. These calipers work with 360 mm x 32 mm vented rotors up front, and 350 mm x 28 mm vented rotors in the rear.

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 formula
• Functional, performance-oriented exterior design, featuring 20-inch forged alloy SRT wheels (20x9 front and 20x10 rear), front and rear fascias with air dam and cooling ducts; race-inspired interior appointments that include deeply bolstered seating and comprehensive instrumentation; benchmark braking; and world-class ride and handling characteristics
• The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is part of a line-up of SRT vehicles developed under the credo, “Race inspired, street legal”

Safety and Security
• Advanced Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
• Advanced multi-stage air bags
• BeltAlert
• Brake Assist
• LATCH (Lower Anchor and Tethers for Children)
• Digressive load-limiting seat belt retractors
• Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM)
• Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
• Energy-absorbing steering wheel and column
• Enhanced Accident Response System (EARS)
• Express-up/down front-door windows
• Four-wheel Brake Traction Control (BTC) system
• Head restraints in all outboard seating positions
• Knee bolsters
• ParkSense® rear park assist system
• ParkView™ rear back-up camera
• Rain-sensitive wipers
• Remote keyless entry
• Seat belt pretensioners
• Sentry Key® engine immobilizer theft deterrent system
• Side-curtain air bags with roll-detection system
• Three-point belts in all seating positions
• Tyre pressure monitoring system with warning indicator
• UConnect® hands-free communication system

SRT8 Exclusive Features
The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 was introduced as the first Jeep-branded SRT and the first four-wheel-drive SRT model.
Colours: Steel Blue, Bright Silver and Brilliant Black
All-new front fascia with integrated brake ducts
All-new rear fascia with cutouts for four-inch dual exhaust tips
No body cladding or roof rails
MOPAR® sill extensions
Grille insert

Chassis
New dual rear exhaust system with bright centre-exit tips
New 20-inch forged alloy wheels (five-spoke polished look aluminium)
New centre caps
New tyres (255/45/20-front, 285/40/20-rear)
New brakes (four-wheel ABS, 360 mm rotors, front; 350 mm rotors, rear; Gloss Black callipers)
Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
Enhanced cooling system
Modified steering system
Brake ducts

Powertrain
6.1L HEMI® engine
SRT upgraded A580 five-speed automatic transmission
Full-time four-wheel drive
Unique MD146 SRT transfer case
Unique air induction
Unique intake manifold
Unique exhaust manifolds
Upgraded Dana 44 rear differential

Interior
Power-adjustable, deeply sculpted performance front seats
Front seat uniquely patterned performance suede inserts
“Carbon-Fibre” finish on leather-wrapped steering wheel, instrument panel brow and shift knob
Refined aluminium finish on centre stack, shifter and door-switch bezels
Upgraded trim on seats and steering wheel
Instruments trimmed with unique blue accent with carbon-fibre binnacle
Oil pressure and temperature displayed in specially configured unit in centre of instrument panel

Electrical and Electronic Systems
Premium audio system DVD-based GPS navigation system with turn-by-turn directions and voice prompts
UConnect® Hands-free Communication System with Bluetooth® technology
The new Grand Cherokee SRT8 will arrive in Australian dealerships August 2008 priced at $89,990.

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