The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk: One Angry Brute

Admittedly, Jeep is not a manufacturer that is mentioned very much on this website. Their cars are typically built for a different demographic than we focus on, but today that has changed. Jeep, a company that some believe was named after the phrase “Just Enough Essential Parts,” has introduced a new model that takes the crown as the most powerful SUV ever produced. Now they’ve got our attention. With an engine lifted straight from the Dodge Hellcat production line, this is the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

That engine, to be exact, is a monstrous 6.2 liter, supercharged V8 that sends power to all four wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission. It produces the same 707 horsepower and 645 lb ft as the Hellcat Charger and Challenger, meaning the Trackhawk rockets from 0-60 in 3.5 seconds. 3.5 seconds from 0-60 in a stock Jeep? I don’t know what the world’s coming to, but it’s incredibly entertaining to watch. By comparison, it’s slower than a Tesla Model X from 0-60, and its 180 mph top speed is still trumped by Bentley’s Bentayga, but those cars are a big step up in price from what you see here. Despite these comparisons, there’s no denying Jeep has built something very fast. Point blank: this American family SUV will embarrass most sports cars in a drag race.

Obviously, many changes have been made in order to cope with the car’s ridiculous power. Massive Brembo brakes are present at all four corners, while the transmission and drivetrain have received thorough reinforcement so it doesn’t simply explode. The body panels have been revised to provide more cooling for the engine, and the rear features a new set of quad exhaust pipes. These will inevitably emit some wonderful noises.

The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is certainly an interesting concept. As the market for high performance SUVs continues to grow, it’s no surprise that Jeep has created a car quicker than its current SRT model to boost credibility. A few years back, I had an opportunity to take a short drive in a 2012 Grand Cherokee SRT8, which made “only” 470 horsepower. Despite its weight, that car certainly felt quick. Therefore, this new model with 237 more horsepower seems like a great way to put a childish smile on driver’s faces. For more on the world of unnecessarily fast SUVs, make sure to stay tuned to Oh So Lofty.