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Jeep launches its fastest ever car
The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is the fastest car ever built by the off-road specialist.
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Jeep may be better known for its off-road prowess, but the new Grand Cherokee SRT8 has the straight-line performance to keep up with most super saloons. Top speed is limited to 155mph, but the SRT8 can still crack 0-60mph in 4.8 seconds.

Helping the SRT8 to such swift numbers is a 465bhp 6.4-litre V8 engine, driving through an automatic gearbox. Full-time four-wheel drive remains part of the SRT8's specification and it offers 13 per cent better fuel economy than the previous SRT8 model.

Staying true to its off-road genes, the SRT8 also comes with Jeep's Selec-Track system with five selectable modes. There's Sport, Normal and three off-road settings to help the SRT8 cope with rough terrain.

Along with the ballistic performance, the SRT8 comes with unique alloy wheels, uprated stereo and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters for the gearbox. No word on price as yet, but the Grand Cherokee SRT8 makes its debut at this week's New York Auto Show.

Alisdair Suttie - 20 Apr 2011    - Jeep road tests
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