2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: 2011 New York Auto Show Preview

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Ever since the new Jeep Grand Cherokee was in development, we've been looking forward to the new 6.4-liter HEMI Grand Cherokee SRT8, and finally, it's here. The muscle-bound powerhouse SUV packs the latest of Chrysler's V-8 bounty under the hood, and the best of the ill-gotten Daimler remnants elsewhere.

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If you can handle it, the SRT8 Grand Cherokee is good for  465 horsepower. If you can't, apply for an AARP card. Zero to 60 mph times are a scant 4.8 seconds, with the top speed at 155 mph--electronically limited, we guess.

Inside, you'll get a healthy dose of the standard Grand Cherokee's very fine fitments, plus a salting of SRT8 badges and trim. Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, an adaptive suspension, and, naturally, all-wheel drive, match with an adjustable transmission/traction control system that offers Auto, Sport, Track, Tow, and Snow options.

No nancy-pants all-wheel drive systems need apply here: the Grand Cherokee SRT8's 465 horses can all be routed to a single wheel--any wheel--as needed, and divvied up and spread around elsewhere with essentially limitless ease.

Slap on some 20-inch wheels, Brembo brakes, some unique exterior bits, and a lux-spec interior, not to mention a 5,000-pound tow rating, and you have the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee in a nutshell. But you already knew it would be awesome. Now it's official.

For more on the 2012 Grand Cherokee SRT8, check out TheCarConnection's preview.

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