[ Chrysler Group LLC press release ]
2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: The Ultimate Performance SUV
- Offers unique blend of legendary Jeep capability and utility,
head-turning SRT performance, luxury and refinement and innovative advanced
- New for 2013, bright white .Alpine. and brilliant black .Vapor.
special-edition models include unique exterior features and Black Vapor Chrome
finish on split 5-spoke wheels
- Most powerful Jeep vehicle ever with 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 that delivers 470
horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque
- Best performing Jeep vehicle ever: 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds; quarter mile in
mid-13 second range; top speed of 160 mph; 60-0 mph braking in 116 feet
- Best handling Jeep vehicle ever features advanced adaptive damping suspension
managed by Selec-Track system, delivering up to .90 g on the skid pad
- Active valve exhaust system allows standard Fuel Saver Technology to engage
over a wider rpm range for fuel efficiency and 450-mile range
- Exclusive SRT leather wrapped and heated steering wheel features mounted
paddle shifters for hands on the wheel shifting both on road and at the
- Standard luxury content includes premium leather door trim panels, instrument
panel and center console along with a power liftgate, adaptive cruise control,
- Forward Collision Warning and Blind-spot Monitoring
- 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, with innovative GreenEdge technology,
is available with 825 watts of power
August 1, 2012, Auburn Hills, Mich. - The 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is
the most powerful, technologically advanced, high-performance Jeep vehicle
ever -- featuring a combination of Jeep's legendary capability and utility,
merged with the renowned advanced performance engineering from Chrysler
Group's Street and Racing Technology (SRT) team.
Delivering outstanding driving performance in all conditions, and complemented
by key SRT attributes -- including functional, performance-oriented styling,
world-class ride and handling, benchmark braking and race-inspired interior
appointments -- the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 runs from 0-60 mph in 4.8
seconds, 0-100-0 mph in the mid-16 second range, can cover the quarter mile in
the mid-13 second range, has a top speed of 160 mph, and brakes from 60-0 mph
in 116 feet.
Powering the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is the 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 with
Fuel Saver Technology that delivers 470 horsepower (351 kW) and 465 lb.-ft.
(630 N-m) of torque.
An active intake manifold and high-lift camshaft with cam phasing delivers
maximum low-end torque while optimizing high-end power across a wide rpm band.
Specifically, 90-percent of peak torque is available between 2,800 and 6,000
rpm, allowing for inspired standing starts and improved straight-line
Standard Fuel Saver Technology and an active valve exhaust system allows
four-cylinder operation to engage over a wide rpm range, to deliver both fuel
efficiency and an extended range of 450 miles on one tank of gas.
Standard steering wheel mounted paddle shifters join the standard Auto Stick
on the floor. Both are mated to a proven automatic transmission, allowing a
choice of spirited shifting on the road and the racetrack. 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
Outstanding ride, handling and capability
In 2011, all Jeep Grand Cherokee models received a vastly improved and refined
on-road ride thanks in part to the vehicle's new body structure. Torsional
stiffness was improved 146 percent versus the previous generation model, for
improved ride, durability and reduced noise, vibration and harshness. The
improvements were achieved with more than 5,400 welds in the body alone,
marking a 53-percent increase in spot welds, a 42-percent increase in arc
welds and a 38-percent increase in structural adhesive.
The 2013 Grand Cherokee SRT8 is the best handling Jeep vehicle ever -- capable
of .90 g on the skid pad -- features a SRT-tuned, adaptive damping suspension
managed by the 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 for specific driving conditions:
- Auto: provides the most compliant ride and automatically adapts to any
road situation using the adaptive suspension tuning
- Sport: provides enhanced body control for a sporty, fun-to-drive ride for
- Tow: provides a safe reduction in pitch and bounce for enhanced towing
- Track: provides the high-performance, firm, "track-tuned" suspension
option to lock down body motion for the ultimate handling experience
- Snow: provides the most conservative dynamic mode, so the vehicle will
safely stay in-line in inclement winter weather conditions
The standard Jeep Quadra-Trac SRT active on-demand four-wheel-drive transfer
case uses input from a variety of sensors in order to determine tire slip at
the earliest possible moment and take corrective action. The system uses
Throttle Anticipate to sense quick movement in the throttle from a stop and
maximizes traction before slippage occurs. When tire slippage is detected, the
Jeep 4x4 system can transfer up to 100 percent of available torque to one rear
The transfer case also enhances handling by proportioning torque between the
front and rear axles to maintain the driver's intended path. The Grand
Cherokee SRT8 also features an Electronic Limited Slip Differential, which
eliminates rear wheel slip and improves handling.
The performance-tuned, fully hydraulic steering system uses a heavy-duty pump
and pump cooler. Revised gearing gives drivers more direct feel and on-center
Split 5-spoke, 20-inch forged aluminum wheels ride on P295/45ZR20 Pirelli
Scorpion Verde All Season run-flat tires or available Pirelli P Zero
Rounding out the capability of the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is a trailer
tow rating of 5,000 lbs.
Chrysler Group's SRT vehicles are well known for their world-class braking.
Stopping power for the 2013 Grand Cherokee SRT8 comes courtesy of SRT
high-performance Brembo brakes with four-wheel anti-lock brake system (ABS).
Stopping distance performance of 116 feet from 60-0 mph is made possible by
red-painted, Brembo 6-piston (front) and 4-piston (rear) calipers, and vented
rotors at all four corners measuring 15-inches (front) and 13.8-inches (rear).
Aggressive and functional exterior
The functional performance exterior of the 2013 Grand Cherokee SRT8 features
the "planted" look of a high-performance sports car by being lowered 1 inch
and adding SRT-exclusive, body-color wheel flares and side sill cladding.
A one-piece front fascia contains LED multi-function daytime running lamps
that result in an exclusive face for the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, while a
body-colored front grille with a unique black screen background and chrome
bezel inserts add to the aggressive look.
The integrated lower front grille is painted in gloss black and a underbody
belly pan features integrated brake ducting to improve cooling and fade
performance. Completing the front end is a sculpted hood with functional dual
black heat extractors for added engine cooling.
At the rear, the SRT performance influence continues with a liftgate spoiler
that reduces drag and improves downforce. A unique one-piece rear fascia
includes a separate air diffuser along with an available trailer receiver and
access cover. The dual-sport exhaust system features 4-inch exhaust tips.
New for 2013 are two special models of the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 including
the bright white "Alpine" edition and brilliant black "Vapor" edition.
Both models feature the addition of Black Vapor Chrome finish to the standard
split 5-spoke, 20 inch wheels along with unique gloss black exterior
Race-inspired and high-performance interior
- Jeep hood badge
- Grand Cherokee door badge
- Front grille surround and inserts
- Rear light bar and step pad
The 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee's refined, luxurious interior takes on a
performance feel in SRT8 form with race-inspired technology and SRT-exclusive
The leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel features a unique satin chrome rim
section with a flattened bottom surface -- evoking a race-inspired cockpit --
that showcases the SRT logo. Standard paddle-shift controls flank both sides
of the contoured palm rests while all audio and Electronic Vehicle Information
Center (EVIC) controls are accessible from the horizontal spokes on the
steering wheel. A power tilt and telescoping steering column also is standard.
SRT-exclusive Performance Pages show instant feedback on steering input
measurements, horsepower, torque, 0-60 mph time, 60-0 mph braking distance,
G-forces, and one-eighth mile and quarter-mile times, along with expanded
Standard SRT-styled Nappa leather and suede seats, with sculpted bolsters and
adjustable headrests, provide all the comfort for daily drives -- and "grip" to
keep the driver and passengers in place during spirited driving. The
embroidered SRT logos and contrast stitching accent the two front seats.
Heated (front and rear) and ventilated (front) seats are standard.
Also standard for 2013 are premium leather door trim panels, instrument panel
and center console along with a power liftgate.
Carbon fiber accents are integrated into the instrument panel and door trim
panels and bright, racing style brake and pedal pads add to the
high-performance look inside the cabin. An available Command View dual-pane
sun roof provides twice as much glass surface than a standard sun roof and
extends from the windshield to the rear of the vehicle.
Connectivity and Infotainment
A wide variety of easy-to-use infotainment options are available with features
that provide customers with seamless integration of consumer electronics,
delivering drivers and passengers the conveniences of home and office.
Premium navigation and SiriusXM Travel Link are standard with the 730N Media
Center CD/DVD/MP3/HDD radio. Also standard are a multitude of features
including SiriusXM Satellite Radio and Uconnect Phone.
The available Vehicle Entertainment System (VES) includes a DVD player and
rear seat overhead screen that deliver a variety of programming choices, with
ports to connect games and media players with audio and video output
capability, including iPod connectivity. The Media Center or the VES remote
can control multiple screen inputs and each screen can play something
The available 825-watt, 19-speaker premium SRT performance audio
surround-sound system from Harman Kardon offers world premier innovation,
featuring a 32-volt Tracking Power Supply (TPS) 12-channel Class D amplifier
that delivers outstanding acoustics and brings multi-dimensional, quality
sound for all interior occupants.
GreenEdge speaker and amplifier technology offers superior sound quality and
high Sound Pressure Level outputs with minimum energy consumption. GreenEdge
amplifiers alone outperform traditional amplifier efficiency by up to 55
percent, representing a net efficiency of more than 90 percent in some cases.
The speakers are tuned for maximum efficiency and perfectly matched to the
The system's 19 GreenEdge high-efficiency speakers include nine tweeters, five
mid-range speakers, two mid-woofers and three subwoofers located throughout
The 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is built at the Jefferson North Assembly
Plant in Detroit. The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is $59,995
(plus $925 destination). MSRP for the Alpine and Vapor special edition
packages is $2,495.
SRT Track Experience
Owners of any Chrysler Group SRT vehicle receive one day of professional
driving instruction as part of the SRT Track Experience, designed to maximize
their driving knowledge and skills on the street or track. Sessions are held
throughout the year at selected tracks.
The Chrysler Group's Street and Racing Technology (SRT) brand uses a
successful product development formula featuring five proven hallmarks:
awe-inspiring powertrains; outstanding ride, handling and capability;
benchmark braking; aggressive and functional exteriors and race-inspired and
high-performance interiors to remain true to its performance roots.
The SRT lineup in the 2013 model year features five vehicles that are
world-class performance contenders and bring the latest in safety technologies
and creature comforts. The Chrysler 300 SRT8, Dodge Challenger SRT8 392, Dodge
Charger SRT8 and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 are joined by the SRT flagship Viper
and Viper GTS models which are making their highly anticipated return to the
high-performance sports car market.
Built on more than 70 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV
with class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people who
seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to
live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that continue to
provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence.
The Jeep vehicle lineup consists of the Compass, Grand Cherokee, Patriot,
Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. To meet consumer demand around the world, all
Jeep models are sold outside North America - and all are available in
right-hand drive versions and with gasoline and diesel powertrain options.
Chrysler Group LLC sells and services vehicles in approximately 120 countries
around the world.
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