Grand Cherokee SRT Hallmarks: Amazing stopping distance.

The Grand Cherokee SRT is equipped with brakes larger than any other vehicle in the Chrysler Group lineup, leading to an amazing stopping distance for an SUV.
Posted on Jun 27, 2012

The Grand Cherokee SRT travels just 116 feet in its journey from 60 mph to a dead stop.

The Grand Cherokee SRT is equipped with brakes larger than any other vehicle in the Chrysler Group lineup, leading to an amazing stopping distance for an SUV. Brembo hardware found on the muscular Grand Cherokee, brings the vehicle to a halt from 60 miles per hour in an astounding 116 feet, one of the best in its segment.

15-inch rotors coupled with six-piston calipers up front, with four-piston calipers grabbing hold of 13.8-inch discs in the rear. Calipers found on SRT's SUV are a single piece of cast aluminum, made to be stiff and prevent lost pedal travel, while increasing overall brake performance. The Grand Cherokee SRT is equipped with brake ducts in the bottom of the front belly pan that aid in channeling air to the brakes providing necessary cooling for predictable results.

The high-performance SUV is also furnished with Ready Alert Braking, which decreases the time required for full brake application by gently applying the brakes when drivers quickly lift off the throttle.

"With the Grand Cherokee SRT's power, the vehicle can attain speed very quickly," said Jeff Roselli, Lead Development Engineer for the Grand Cherokee SRT. "It corners fast and it accelerates fast. Also, since it's so refined, you often don't realize you are going that fast. It's extremely important that anything that can get up to speed and maintain speed like it does, can stop quickly and stop repeatedly with the same efficiency."

SRT and Brembo have a very exacting set of standards when it comes to a braking system and how it performs. A fade performance test is enacted for a certain number of race laps, as well as a certain number of 60-0 mile per hour stops and 100-0 stops.

Engineers from SRT delivered a Grand Cherokee SRT very early in the design process to the team at Brembo, with the sole purpose of performing tests on carefully selected European mountain passes. The braking system on was also tested on numerous race tracks, including the legendary Nürburgring in Germany.

The team from SRT, along with engineers from Brembo worked tirelessly in an effort to reduce brake fade. Countless tests were performed and designs tweaked to ensure that unpleasant brake sounds were nonexistent. While the tests done in the lab and design studio were crucial, the ultimate test took place when the rubber met the road and the 470 horsepower SUV was unleashed on the proving grounds.

Quite simply put, the braking system is track-tested, mountain-pass-tested and Nürburgring-tested, making it worthy of being found on an SRT.

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