2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is a Screaming Utility Vehicle
As soon as word of a Jeep Grand Cherokee powered by the mighty 6.2L supercharged Hellcat V8 began dribbling out of FCA HQ, petrolheads have been wondering just how much of the lunacy found in the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and Challenger SRT Hellcat would make the transition to the SUV. Surely the SRT engineers would have to muzzle the blown Hemi somewhat to keep it from fragging the all-wheel-drive system, right? Well, it turns out they did, but not by as much as you think.
Turns out the engine in the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is rated at the same sociopathic 707 horsepower it is in the Dodge passenger cars, while torque is down to 645 lb.-ft which, while disappointing, is just a 5 lb.-ft decrease from the Charger and Challenger version. That prodigious power is funneled through a heavy duty 8-speed automatic transmission and the aforementioned AWD system, which has been beefed up and features a front-to-rear torque split that varies from 30/70 to 50/50 depending on which drive mode is selected, an electronic-LSD to help the back wheels (which, like the fronts are 20”x10”) hook up. Other chassis upgrades include a sport-tuned adaptive suspension with Bilstein dampers and gigantic Brembo brakes.
Naturally, the result of having all the high performance hardware mentioned above (and stuff we didn’t, like front cooling ducts instead of the “regular” Grand Cherokee SRT’s fog lights) is some frankly outlandish figures: Jeep says the Trackhawk will blast to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, cover the quarter-mile in 11.6 seconds, and max out at 180 mph. Oh, and it can still tow up to 7,200 lbs., in case you ever want to pull a 30’ travel trailer down the dragstrip faster than some hot hatches. God bless America…