A sure sign of the automotive industry’s recovery is the return of the pointless car.
The pointless car—or SUV—is a vehicle that is built to excess, just because the automaker can. Generally high on fun and low on practicality, the pointless car/truck/SUV exists so that high-dollar customers can have something fun to drive on the weekend.
Really, no one needs a Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8. But that won’t stop Jeep from building one.
When the Grand Cherokee was redesigned last year as a 2011 model, it was almost a foregone conclusion that a new SRT8 model would eventually hit the market. And so it is that Jeep officially took the wraps off of the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 at the 2011 New York International Auto Show.
Powered by a 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 that makes 465 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque, the SRT8 is expected to reach 60 miles per hour from a stop in a time of 4.8 seconds, according to Jeep. Jeep also projects a mid-13 second quarter-mile time, a 0-100-0 time of around 16 seconds, a 116-foot stopping distance from 60 miles per hour, and an electronically limited top speed of 155 miles per hour. Handling hasn’t been forgotten: Jeep is claiming a skidpad number of .90G.