As the current owner of a Chrysler SRT-8 performance vehicle, I can tell you that they put a lot of thought and engineering into how these things were built. Whether you own a Chrysler 300 SRT-8, Dodge Charger SRT-8, Magnum or Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8, I can tell you from experience that these cars can run with the best autobahn burners out there. The original SRT cars were first released in late 2005, as 2006 models and were equipped with the then new 6.1 HEMI that put out 425 hp and 420 lb-ft torque. It’s a great engine, but over the last four years Chrysler’s competitors have been playing around and pumping out some even bigger numbers of their own.
The next generation HEMI is going to be 392 cu inches and 6.4-liters, but the initial reports said that it would make around 475 hp. Not a bad number by any means, but with 500 + horsepower Mercedes, Cadillac’s and BMW’s running around, that number, though impressive, still won’t fit the bill.
We are now coming up on the 2012 model year and the boys at Chrysler are readying their new fleet of SRT-8 vehicles. Left Lane News is now reporting that they have in fact snagged some photo’s of a new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee test mule that is running around with the new 6.4-liter HEMI. As mentioned initial thoughts rated the new HEMI at around 475 hp, but now it’s thought that it will produce at LEAST 500 hp. What that means is that Chrysler will then be back in the performance car and truck market and have the proper sized mill to compete with the competition. Keep in mind that the current Jeep Cherokee SRT-8, when nailed off the line produces acceleration that is nothing short of explosive and that’s with only 425 hp. Inject another 75+ ponies into the equation and I can’t even imagine what that thing is going to be like when put to the wood.