Re: $1000 + price increase for 2013 Jeep SRT8
While i was one of the more vocal complainers regarding the price of the 2012 I feel obligated to update my opinion after owning one for about a month.
As background I have owned these SUV / Trucks:
Ford F-150 Lighting (1999 and 2001)
Porsche Cayenne Twin Turbo (2004)
Chevy Trailblazer SS (2006)
VW Touareg V8 (2008)
Jeep WK2 Overland V8 4x4 (2011)
While I did pay far less than MSRP for my SRT8 I have to begrudgingly admit that even at MSRP it is far and away the best deal in the performance SUV market, nothing even comes close. For me it is the closest thing I have owned to the Cayenne and in some aspects, such as throttle response and handling I feel it's more fun to drive. I honestly would be hard pressed to consider a Cayenne TT over the SRT8 even if the Porsche was only a few thousand more and I am a HUGE Porsche fanboy. At nearly twice the price it's a complete non starter, you would have to have more money than brains to purchase the 2012 Cayenne TT if you had some time in the Jeep.
With all that said, the pricing is completely in line with the value when it's compared to it's peers and yes, I believe the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 IS a peer to the Cayenne and BMW.
In fact, I consider the Grand Cherokee Overland to be the absolute best value in a high end luxury SUV on the planet. Chrysler hit it out of the park with the WK2, even with some of it's teething problems. I know that sounds like a fanboy response but dollar for dollar can anyone realistically call the VW, BMW, Mercedes, Ford, Infinity, Rover or Lexus equivalents better? (GM has nothing in this space IMHO)
Bottom line, now that I own one, at $65K it's expensive but worth it. At $57K (What I paid) It's the deal of the century if you want a true performance SUV.
2012 Grand Cherokee SRT8 Black/Black