Grand Cherokee SRT Hallmarks: Brembo braking system.

When it came time to select the braking system for the Grand Cherokee SRT, the choice was pretty easy. In the high performance braking world, there is one name that stands out above the rest — Brembo.
Posted on Jun 27, 2012

Brembo's impeccable hardware brings the Grand Cherokee SRT to a rapid and safe stop.

When it came time to select the braking system for the Grand Cherokee SRT, the choice was pretty easy. In the high performance braking world, there is one name that stands out above the rest — Brembo. The world-renowned brake manufacturer has been providing brake components and systems for SRT since 2003.

When developing the braking system for the Grand Cherokee SRT, engineers from SRT, along with their colleagues at Brembo, came up with four main criteria that the braking system absolutely had to achieve. First and foremost, the Grand Cherokee SRT8 needed to stop fast. Next, the vehicle had to stop fast repeatedly. The Grand Cherokee SRT8 also needed to have a solid brake pedal feel. Lastly, minimal brake fade was a must.

"Brembo is the number one name in high-performance braking," said Jeff Roselli, Lead Development Engineer for the Grand Cherokee SRT. "We have a lot of history with Brembo. We knew evolutionary-wise where the old Jeep was, and where we wanted to go with the braking system. So did Brembo. We didn’t have to start from square one and we could focus on things like maximum stopping and fade resistance."

The Grand Cherokee SRT features Brembo 15-inch rotors on the front, with six-piston calipers, that are constructed as a one-piece monoblock, made to be stiffer, which in turn leads to less pedal travel and more performance because it doesn’t allow the system to deflect. The rear has 13.8-inch rotors with four-piston calipers that are also clad in red to help show off the enormous size of the brakes. The brakes are equipped with semi-metallic pads that are less prone to glaze, but also reduce the available friction surface on the rotors.

"We knew that working with Brembo we would have a superior product to begin with and could focus specifically on the performance aspects of the brakes," explained Roselli. "We had confidence that Brembo would deliver solid components that would wear consistently regardless of usage or environment. Reliability is never an issue with the Brembo system."

Performance and reliability are mainstays of Brembo, making the brand a perfect partner for SRT.

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