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2006-07-18 07:09

Meet the hottest Jeep yet!

This super Jeep is powered by a 6.1-litre HEMI V-8 producing 313 kW and 569 Nm of torque, which is 25% more power than the 5.7 -litre HEMI engine.

This means the Grand Cherokee STR8 rockets from 0-100 km/h in less than 5 seconds, 0-160-0 km/h in the low 19-second range, and 100-0 km/h braking distance of less than 42 m.

To create the first SRT vehicle with full-time four-wheel drive, Jeep engineers developed a drive system that was lightweight, yet robust and reliable enough to handle massive amounts of power and torque from the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8's engine.

One part of the equation was to create a new transfer case, combining housing components from two existing units with the upgrades needed to make it SRT-capable.

SRT engineers opted to use the front half of a Jeep transfer case chosen for its capability and light weight. It was mated to the rear half of a heavier-duty case, chosen for its ruggedness and ability to house the electronic full-time four-wheel-drive system components.

The transfer case output shaft was upgraded to handle high torque generated by the SRT 6.1 l HEMI.

The result is the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8's unique transfer case, which provides the necessary power-handling capabilities for the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 while weighing 27 kg less than a Jeep heavy-duty case.

  • Price: R549 900

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