The 707 horsepower Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcat models are loud and brash, but who wants a coupe or sedan nowadays when SUVs and crossovers rule the roost? Enter the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, essentially the SUV version of the aforementioned Challenger and Charger — the Hellcat of the Jeep world, if you will.
It is brash, excessively powerful and unapologetic — here are eight amazing facts about the new Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.
1. What is this Monster?
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the third Fiat Chrysler vehicle to have be powered by the company’s unhinged supercharged V8 engine and puts the Grand Cherokee SRT8 and the larger, seven-passenger to shame.
If power and outright performance is what you care most about in an SUV, it probably doesn’t get any better than the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.
2. So Much Power and Speed
The aforementioned supercharged V8 engine stuffed under the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s produces 707 horsepower and 645 pound-feed of torque (5 lb-ft. less than the Challenger and Charger Hellcats), allowing it too accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.5 seconds, complete the quarter mile in just 11.6 seconds at an average speed of 116 mph (186.7 km/h), and hit a top speed of 180 mph (289.7 km/h).
For the sake of comparison, the Grand Cherokee SRT8 pumps out 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft. of torque from a 6.4L HEMI V8 engine, sprinting to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and reaching a 160 mph (258 km/h) top speed. Despite packing the same engine with the same output and being notably heavier, the Durango SRT is actually has it beat to 60 at 4.4 seconds.
The Trackhawk’s 2.5 second 0 to 60 sprint ties those of the nearly 1000-pounds-lighter, automatic-equipped Dodge Hellcats.
No matter how you look at it, neither the Grand Cherokee SRT8 or Durango SRT can hold a candle to the raw performance of the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.
3. All-Wheel Drive, Baby!
Unlike with the Challenger and Charger Hellcat models, which are exclusively rear-wheel drive, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is all-wheel-drive. As such, it can transfer all its supercharged power to all four corners, improving traction and minimizing the engine’s tire-spinning proclivities.
Burnouts? The Challenger and Charger have it beat in that department.
Its all-wheel drive system consists of tougher drivetrain components, including a transfer case mechanism reinforced with forged gears and a wider chain, as well as stronger half-shafts and rear driveshaft than those on the regular lesser Grand Cherokee SRT.
The system can split the power between the front and rear wheels differently (50/50 in Snow mode, 40/60 in normal driving mode, and 30/70 in Track mode).
4. Is it the Fastest SUV?
Is the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk the fastest, most powerful production SUV ever made? The answer would depend on who you ask.
While Jeep boasts its super SUV is the world’s fastest, many critics argue the title still belongs to the Tesla Model X. The Model X beats most supercars and hypercars with its 0 to 60 sprint of 2.9 seconds, which is over half a second faster than the Trackhawk.
However, Jeep doesn’t consider the Tesla a true rival, arguing that, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is classified as a Middle SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle), while the Tesla X is a Middle Luxury CUV (Cross Utility Vehicle), based on the .
Is there really a difference between a crossover and SUV nowadays? Does Jeep have a leg to stand on, or does the Model X have the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk beat as the world’s fastest SUV?
5. It Defies the Laws of Physics
In addition to its capable all-wheel drive system, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk benefits from a more capable suspension system and larger Brembo brakes. It defies physics, posting 0.88 g around a skidpad of unspecified diameter and braking from 60 mph in 114 feet.
Judging by these figures, this demonic Jeep should be surprisingly capable on any race track, offering higher speeds between corners than the no-slouch Grand Cherokee SRT.
6. Deceiving Appearance
For a Jeep with 707 horsepower, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk sure is remarkably understated on the outside. In fact, it would look identical to the lesser Grand Cherokee SRT if not for the few “Supercharged” and “Trackhawk” badges, Hellcat-specific yellow brake calipers, quad exhaust outlets instead of two, and exclusive 20-inch wheels.
It doesn’t even have the SRT’s fog lights as a result of airflow modifications for the engine.
7. Unchanged Interior
The interior is even more incognito than the exterior, with only a winged Trackhawk badge on the steering wheel and front seats and a 200-mph speedometer setting this beast of a Jeep apart
That’s not necessarily a bad thing, because you get the same active noise cancellation, stitched-leather dashboard and door-panel coverings, 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment display, etc., that make the Grand Cherokee hospitable. And, oh, for those who care, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard.
Standard adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, parking sensors, lane-departure warning, and forward-collision warning provide some peace of mind in regular, everyday driving.
8. Fun at What Price?
The new Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk clearly comes with a lot of equipment, but it ought to seeing as it costs around $80,000.
For that price, you get an SUV that’s faster than any Porsche Cayenne and Bentley Bentayga, both of also packing big, powerful engines. Would you choose the Jeep over the Bentley and Porsche?
What Do You Think?
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk sure is something, isn’t it? And it would be interesting to see if lives up to all the hype drummed up by Fiat Chrysler. Did you find our eight facts about it amazing? Did we miss anything?
We would like to know what you think in the comments below, and also check out the eight Awesome Facts About The Ferrari 812 Superfast.
New Jeep Wrangler Gets Over 200 Accessories From Mopar
With the all-new Jeep Wrangler now finally here, Jeep has announced that the rugged ute will be receive over 200 Mopar accessories starting in early 2018.
According to Mopar — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ parts, service and customer care organization — 98 percent of Jeep Wrangler vehicles are outfitted with at least one Mopar product. The long list of accessories includes a Jeep Performance Parts snorkel, a roof rack, 2-inch round steel tube doors, a front “Stubby” bumper, a 2-inch lift kit, and LED off-road lights, and a stowable tailgate table with a beverage holder.
Interior accessory options include new Mopar grab handles for increased grip, redesigned Mopar Roadside Assistance and First Aid kits, and Molle bags on the rear seatbacks for extra storage.
The redesigned, 2018 Jeep Wrangler comes in 2-door and 4-door configurations. It will be available with a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder and 3.6L V6, as well as diesel and plug-in hybrid powetrains in 2019 and 2020, respectively.
Where To Find The Best Parts For Your Jeep Wrangler
You choose to drive a Jeep Wrangler because of its tremendous versatility. Whether flying down an interstate highway, creeping over a rocky hill, or hitting your favorite beach, your Wrangler has the power, performance and capability to get you where you want to go.
Still, you may want to customize your rig to make it even more capable or stand out from other 4X4s. And if Mopar performance parts are not an option for you, following two simple suggestions can help you find the best places to purchase , , , or any other accessories you might need by:
Look For An Online Parts Seller
Finding the perfect aftermarket parts to customize your Jeep Wrangler is easier than ever. In the past, you would have had to visit a brick-and-mortar retailer and choose from one or two options. Nowadays, you can go online, giving you access to a seemingly endless number of customization solutions for your Wrangler. When you are looking for an online parts seller, choose one that has a reputation for speed, customer service, and quality. For example, 4 Wheel Parts sources its inventory from hundreds of the top brands in the Jeep world, giving you a huge selection of parts to upgrade your vehicle.
Rely On The Seller’s Expertise
As you probably know, not every online seller has inventory expertise. When you are ordering Jeep running boards, wheels, or anything else, you want enough information to make an informed purchase. At 4 Wheel Parts, parts experts know inventory inside-out. Whether you need to know a measurement or want complete advice, you get the assistance you need to order with confidence when you choose a seller that has extensive product knowledge.
As a Wrangler driver, you probably want to outfit your Jeep with the best modifications possible. Finding the best parts does not have to be a challenge, though. By following these two easy tips, you can likely find the perfect place for ordering aftermarket parts for your Jeep Wrangler.
Updated 2019 Jeep Cherokee Gets Prettier Face, More Efficient Engines
The latest Jeep Cherokee was introduced with a face only a mother could love, but things are a bit different with the 2019 model year Cherokee.
A mid-cycle refresh gives Jeep’s compact crossover a less polarizing and, thus, controversial front end that ditches the dual headlight setup of before for more traditional headlights. The rear also gets a new taillight design.
Overall, the 2019 Cherokee now looks more like the Jeep Compass and Grand Cherokee, moreso the former.
The updates to the interior are subtler, with the Cherokee receiving a few trim improvements to give it a more upscale look and feel.
Jeep also promises more efficient powertrains.
What do you think about the about Jeep Cherokee’s new face? Did the doctors do a good job?