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by Brett Davis

Chrysler Group performance division SRT has delivered two special edition Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 SUVs to Ferrari F1 drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.

The unlikely partnership highlights the deepening relationship between brands under the Fiat-Chrysler alliance. The two special Rosso Corsa Jeeps were handed over to the drivers at Ferrari’s test track in Fiorano, Italy, as Chrysler prepares to introduce the high-performance SRT8 variant into the European market in May.

Australian customers will get their hands on the Grand Cherokee SRT8 slightly earlier, with the first models set to arrive down under next month.

The Jeeps feature a distinctive Ferrari red colour scheme contrasted by black highlights, including racing stripes, carbon fibre exterior mirrors, and sections of the front fascia. There’s also a set of 20-inch black alloy wheels.

At the back, the SRT8 roof spoiler features the Italian flag, while the interior is restyled in red leather, covering the seats and dashboard.

Like the standard 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, the special editions are powered by a 6.4-litre HEMI V8 developing 347kW and 630Nm. The power is mighty enough to propel the two-tonne beast from 0-100km/h in 5.0 seconds and onto a top speed of 257km/h.

Jeep has no plans to put the special edition Ferrari SRT8 into production.




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