2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

Suburban monster truck


In Chrysler’s protracted rise from the dead, we’re glad to see that the marque is finally churning out a stream of vehicles worthy of a man’s coveted garage space. The new Grand Cherokee, the completely redesigned 300 sedan and now the all new decadently inappropriate 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8. Sporting the clean lines from the Grand Cherokee, the latest Jeep-demon is tauter, with muscular sheetmetal, hood bulges, and a more pronounced front fascia and eggcrate grille. The growling beasts skin looms a 6.4 liter Hemi V8 with 465 horses chomping at the bit and will rocket the SUV to 60 in a blistering 4.8 seconds — topping out at a governed 155 mph. But fear not semi-environmentalists, the gas mileage is improved by 13 percent due to cylinder deactivation which can result in a 450 mile range from a single tank– something we can all be thankful for with today’s insanely priced petrol. Also note the Brembo brakes, which are standard, so you won’t have trouble bringing this bullet train (the one on the left, mind you) to a quick halt. Other than gobs of power and the Selec-Track driving system, you’ll be distracted by the standard amenities such as Harmon Kardon 825 watt, 19 speaker stereo system with 10 inch subwoofer, SIRIUS satellite radio, paddle shifters and a nifty power liftgate system. You’ll want to purchase some kind of cargo net, however, since the vast majority of your groceries will want to hurtle at unsafe velocities when you fail to resist the urge to mash the throttle at every light. We can’t wait to get behind the wheel.

Price: $46,000 (Summer)

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