The New Breed of Super SUVs

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Some SUVs are beginning to defy the logic of SUVs.

The SUV, or sport utility vehicle, originally started to give families an option for transporting large quantities of children and gear while having the capability to traverse paths untouched by humanity’s paving machines.

SUVs were not meant to compete with sports cars or out-accelerate supercars.

Some of the latest versions, though, are doing just that and blurring the lines between sport and utility.

One such SUV is described like this:

This SUV defies a lot of conventions. It’s sumptuous, powerful but even a bit delicate—exactly what you don’t need in a car of such utilitarian purpose. Still, you sit in the gorgeous leather chair, which includes inflatable side racing baffles that any performance car would have, you punch the pedal and in a nanosecond—the time it takes for your head to bounce off the headrest—you forget you’re in a family car.

There aren’t many vehicles in this class right now, but it seems to grow just a little bit every year. The quote above describes the BMW X5 M, a 567-horsepower twin-turbo V8 that costs about a hundred grand and can accelerate to 60 in just 4 seconds.

Other competitors include the Land Rover Range Rover HSE, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, and the Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG.

One of the newest super SUVs that will hit the market is the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, a 6.2-liter, 707-hp supercharged Hellcat-powered monster of a SUV that can out-accelerate any of the above super SUVs. Insane? Yes. Practical and required for daily family living? Yeah, probably.

The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Hellcat is yet to be officially announced by Jeep, but reports point to a release in 2016 at a price of about $65,000.

If it’s true, and this newest super SUV truly does out-accelerate its British and German brethren, America can lay claim to the fastest production SUV in the world.

Now that the door is open, though, we can be pretty confident that it’s a title Jeep won’t keep for long.

Would you consider one of the new super SUVs?

-tgriffith

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