Jeep's fastest, most powerful model ever - the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8 - will make it to the UK in right-hand drive form next year, Autocar can confirm.
The SRT-8, which made its European debut at last week's Frankfurt motor show, will cost less than £60,000.
The hardcore 4x4 is powered by a new 6.4-litre Hemi V8 unit, which serves up a heady 464bhp and 465lb ft of torque, up by 49bhp and 45lb ft compared with the previous car’s 6.1-litre lump.
Mike Manley, Jeep's CEO, revealed to Autocar that Jeep would limit production of the SRT-8 to preserve its exclusivity and 2012's allocation of around 4500 had already been snapped up dealers.
"This SRT-8, along with the standard Grand Cherokee, brings Jeep back to credibility," said Manley. "This is a phenomenal car."
Thanks to its power hike, the dash to 62mph is dealt with in a BMW M3-rivalling 4.8sec, with top speed reached at 158mph. Despite improvements in performance, however, fuel efficiency is 13 per cent better.