If you stop and think about it, the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is a definite frontrunner for the title of Most Contradictory New Vehicle on the Market. On the one hand you have the Jeep brand’s proud off-roading history that began with a four-wheeled pack animal with an olive drab hide; on the other, you have a snarling 400hp-plus Hemi V8 under the hood and a chassis setup that’s better suited to Monza than Moab. Put another way, it’s the kid who wants to be a cowboy/astronaut when he grows up.
But eventually, everybody has to grow up sooner or later, and that usually involves picking one specialty. In the case of the first generation Grand Cherokee SRT8, the better of the two specialties to pick would probably be the astronaut, er, high performance SUV. And one company that’s bringing out even more of the GC-Unit’s wild side is Vilner with its SRT600 package.