Chrysler decided to pay tribute to Ferrari Formula 1 drivers by customizing the first two 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 models to be delivered in Europe specially for them.
These SRT8s are dressed in Ferrari Red garnished with matte black and custom red inserts. These Cherokees look absolutely fantastic, especially with the black wheels and the offset black driver’s stripe with a white accent, which covers the front and rear bumpers, hood, the entire surface of the roof and the rear spoiler.
Additional exclusive details include a matte black painted dual-pane sunroof, Carbon fiber 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.
The interior is modified too, with exclusive Ferrari Red leather inserts on the seats with sculpted bolsters. Also the door trim panels, the central armrest and the instrument panel boast exclusive red leather. 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 produced in Maranello.
Since these cars are designed for two of the best drivers in the world, the changes are more than just skin deep. They also feature 1.5 inches lowered suspension and 20-inch wheels for improved handling.
As for the engine though, no change was necessary seeing as the Cherokee SRT8 is powered by a massive 470 horsepower (351 kW) and 465 (630 N•m) lb.-ft. of torque 6.4 liter HEMI V8. It does 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.
We hope Chrysler make this treatment available to the public as well with a limited edition of the SRT8.