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Official: Jeep Gets A Hellcat Of Its Own

Official: Jeep Gets A Hellcat Of Its Own

We’ve known this was coming for a long time now, but Jeep has finally taken the wraps off the 2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. What we weren’t sure about was the power level of this beast, but that is now official too. The Trackhawk is borrowing the Hellcats’ iconic power figure: 707 horsepower.

As expected, the Trackhawk is powered by the same supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 that powers the Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcat and it is churning out 648 pound-feet of torque to go along with the 707 horsepower figure. Only on this Trackhawk that power is flowing through an all-wheel-drive system, which actually makes it quicker than the Hellcat cousins.

Jeep is saying the Trackhawk will go from zero to 60 mph in about 3.5 seconds, which is just staggering for a big SUV. Equally impressive is that this is a factory SUV that will do a quarter mile time of 11.6 seconds and feature a top speed of 180 mph. It’s quite the grocery-getter.

Thankfully Jeep has upgraded the brakes on the Grand Cherokee to put this beast to a halt when needed. The Trackhawk has six-piston Brembo calipers at the front and four-piston units at the rear, clamping down on 15.75-inch and 13.78-inch discs respectively. Jeep says the upgraded hardware will stop the Trackhawk from 60 mph in 114-feet, which is pretty sure for an SUV in general.

One variance the HEMI engine features on the Jeep versus the Hellcat models is that the oil capacity has been increased. This was done for the simple fact of keeping the towing capacity of the Grand Cherokee SRT8 on the Trackhawk, which is 7,200 pounds.

Aside from the huge power increase, the Trackhawk doesn’t look significantly different over the calmer SRT model. Jeep has had to add air inlets where the fog lamps traditionally reside to keep air flowing through the intercoolers, while quad exhaust tips in back round out the differences over the SRT. Of course, Trackhawk and supercharged badges are found on the exterior as well to show people this isn’t the normal SRT.

Inside, Jeep has keep the changes modest as well. Trackhawk is embossed on the seat backs, while the speedometer tops out at 200 mph for functional reasons here. Otherwise the typical Grand Cherokee feature set is found, including the 8.4-inch Uconnect screen, which will feature performance pages unique to Trackhawk.

Jeep has yet to say how much this beast will cost, but it’s a safe assumption it will be north of $80,000 when it goes on sale late this year.


About Nick Saporito

AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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