Scuderia drivers get new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokees
Alonso and Massa, the drivers of Scuderia Ferrari, were just given a set of keys to their new cars for the 2012 season, though they happen to be a pair of scarlet red Jeep Grand Cherokees. The Jeep brand is under the Chrysler Group which, subsequently, is under the FIAT Group.
The two Jeeps were specially prepared for the Formula One stars of Ferrari. The identical custom-built vehicles were handed over to the two star drivers by Beth Paretta, Director of Marketing and Operations - SRT Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC.
Each Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 features an aggressive exterior look with an SRT-exclusive design, which adds classic Ferrari brand styling cues and the unmistakable Rosso Corsa signature colour.
The iconic, seven-slot Jeep front grille is painted matt black and features custom red inserts. A race-inspired, offset black driver's stripe with a white accent customizes the front and rear bumpers, bonnet, the entire surface of the roof and the rear spoiler. Additional exclusive details include a matt black painted dual-panel sunroof, Carbon fiber mirror surrounds 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 Scuderia Ferrari's Formula One cars.
Ride height has been lowered 1.5 inches and both vehicles ride on unique forged aluminium, 20-inch wheels painted black, to give them an even more aggressive stance.
In line with the vehicle's custom exterior, the interior cabin is enhanced by 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 a look of the GT cars produced in Maranello.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is powered by an all-new 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine with Fuel Saver technology that switches off four of the eight cylinders when full power is not required, to ensure increased fuel economy. Thanks to the powerful HEMI V-8 powertrain delivering 468 horsepower and 624 Nm of torque, the SRT8 model achieves benchmark performance of 0-100 km/h in 5 seconds.