Some vehicles simply offer no logical reason for their existence, representing the end result of a product planner’s fancy, or the response to a perceived need to stand out in a crowd and draw the most attention possible to a brand. The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is one such automobile – a high performance SUV that can stomp all over sports sedans in a number of categories thanks to a fire-breathing drivetrain that maximizes acceleration and grip to the race-ready levels.
Please don’t mistake our interpretation of the Grand Cherokee SRT8’s necessity in the grand automotive scheme of things as a dismissal. Far from it: we are delighted that such a ridiculously overpowered truck exists, and even more intoxicated with the fact that it is priced at a level that brings it within the reach of mere mortals who don’t count a country club membership amongst their most prized possessions. You will never hear us complain about the incongruity of attempting to give an SUV sports car-levels of performance, especially when the vehicle in question is as practical on a daily basis as the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8. And even if someone on our staff did voice an objection to the concept, you wouldn’t be able to hear it over the sound of exhaust and squealing tires, anyway.