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A tuned Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 that can get from 0-60 in 3.1 seconds? Indeed, it's a Texas thing. It's the 800-hp HPE800 Twin Turbo Jeep by Hennessey Performance. The price is oilman-rich too: It starts at $235,000.

The latest — and rarest (they're only making 24 of them) — of HPE's tuned Jeeps gets a punched-out 6.4-liter Hemi V8 displacing seven liters (426 cubic inches), and fitted with twin-turbo induction. The specs bear out the work's effectiveness: 805 hp and 823 lb-ft. Hennessey says the HPE800 SRT8 can also do the quarter-mile in 10.9 sec. @ 130 mph. Yes. That thing's hotter than a two-dollar pistol at a 24-hour shootout.

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But it's not just the powerplant, it's all the supporting stuff too: upgraded transmission and torque converter, 15.1 inch Brembo brakes front and rear, lowered suspension, lighter-than-stock alloys, carbon fiber front splitter and a custom leather interior with de rigeur Alcantara steering wheel.

Head muckity muck John Hennessey says the HPE800 Jeep is for the discerning captain of industry or second-world tycoon: "This vehicle is designed for the performance minded driver who lives in Aspen or Moscow and wants to be the fastest in all weather conditions."

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