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Video: Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 laps Nurburgring in 8:49 with Sabine Schmitz

The mighty Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is Jeep’s most powerful mainstream model. Nurburgring expert Sabine Schmitz has just taken one around the ‘Ring in 8:49.487.

It might not be a blistering time, but it is quicker than a Range Rover Sport (8:55), and a 2006 MINI Cooper S (8:51), keeping in mind the big Jeep weighs in at a hefty 2336kg (curb weight).

It comes with a 6.4-litre HEMI V8 producing 347kW of power and 630Nm of torque, enabling it to sprint from 0-100km/h in just 4.8 seconds. The engine is matched up to a five-speed automatic transmission.

Click play on the video below to watch Sabine wrestle the beast around the ‘Ring.

The SRT8 is set to go on sale in Australia later this year.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.