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Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 revealed

by David Zatz on

KGP Photography caught the SRT engineering team in the Mojave desert, preparing to tackle a steep mountain grade in the searing desert heat. To get the most accurate air-flow and cooling measurements, the testers removed the front bra.

Grand Cherokee SRT8

The Grand Cherokee SRT8’s larger air-intake, jutting front chin spoiler, and newly design bumper-mounted driving lights are all clearly visible through the swirly psychedelic vinyl wrap. The front bumper has outer slots that could house additional fog lamps, but the holes are empty on this prototype, perhaps leaving room for cooling ducts to the brakes.

The prototype pictured here appears to have holes cut in the hood camouflage, suggesting that some air-vents are incorporated into the Grand Cherokee SRT8’s hood design.

Earlier photos have appeared to confirm a new 6.4-liter HEMI V8, with reports suggesting that at least 480 horsepower will be put to work via the Grand Cherokee’s four-wheel-drive. SRT engineers appear to be aiming high, as a BMW X6M was on hand as a benchmark.

For a closeup and more details, see our 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee page.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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