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3rd February, 2012

Custom-built versions of the high-performance Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 feature exclusive Rosso Corsa coloured exteriors, red leather interiors and additional Ferrari looks pay tribute to the two Ferrari 'ambassadors'. Vehicles are the first two 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 models to be delivered in Europe where the introduction of the high-performance model of the Jeep flagship SUV will begin in May. Both vehicles were prepared by Chrysler Group's Street and Racing Technology (SRT) design and engineering teams.

Yesterday, two specially prepared editions of the new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 - the most powerful and best handling Jeep vehicle ever - were delivered to Scuderia Ferrari Formula One drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa at the Fiorano circuit in Maranello, Italy.

The identically built vehicles were handed over to the two F1 drivers by Beth Paretta, Director of Marketing and Operations - SRT Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC.

Each Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 features an aggressive exterior look with an SRT-exclusive design, which adds classic Ferrari brand styling cues and the unmistakable Rosso Corsa signature colour. (copyright image)
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The iconic, seven-slot Jeep front grille is painted matt black and features custom red inserts. A race-inspired, offset black driver's stripe with a white accent customises the front and rear bumpers, bonnet, the entire surface of the roof and the rear spoiler. Additional exclusive details include a matt black painted dual-pane sunroof, carbon fibre mirror caps and a gloss black rear light bar with red accents on the Jeep logo. To complete the unique exterior trim of the two custom-built SRT8 models, the Italian flag has been painted on the underside of the rear spoiler: a tribute to the Ferrari F150º Formula One car.

Ride height has been lowered 1.5 inches and both vehicles ride on unique forged aluminium, 20-inch wheels painted black giving them an even more aggressive stance.

In line with the vehicle's custom exterior, the interior cabin is enhanced by exclusive Ferrari Red leather inserts on the seats with sculpted bolsters. Also the door trim panels, the centre armrest and the instrument panel boast exclusive red leather, whilst the leather-wrapped SRT8 steering wheel with mounted paddle shifters features red contrasting stitching. The unique instrument cluster features yellow dials which give the cabin the look of the GT cars manufactured in Maranello.

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The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is powered by the all-new 6.4-litre HEMI® V-8 engine with Fuel Saver technology that turns off four of the eight cylinders when full power is not required to ensure improved fuel economy. Thanks to the powerful HEMI V-8 powertrain delivering 344 kW (468 horsepower) and 624 Nm of torque, the SRT8 model achieves excellent performance with 0-100 km/h timed at 5 seconds. A top speed of 257 km/h (where legal) is possible and braking performance comes in at 100-0 km/h in 35 metres.

"We're excited and proud to be able to share 'Ferrari-style' custom-built versions of the most powerful and best handling Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 ever with two of the most talented drivers in the world," Paretta said. "We know that both Fernando and Felipe will feel right at home in our ultimate performance SUVs that are identically built with classic Ferrari styling cues and one-of-a-kind Rosso Corsa exteriors. The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 brings a combination of Jeep's world-class capability to the road or the race track along with unparalleled luxury and refinement and advanced innovative technologies for all driving enthusiasts."

The two, uniquely customised Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 models are based on the new high-performance model of the Jeep flagship SUV which is already available in North America. European and Australian markets will see the new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 starting in May 2012.


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