The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the third FCA vehicle to have the 707 hp supercharged 6.2 V8 under the hood. However, unlike its "siblings", this one will feature all-wheel drive, thus avoiding huge drivetrain losses and making it a more versatile car on different surfaces. Whether it makes sense or not, that's the least of it.
Jeep claims it can do 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and reach 290 mph.
With more traction than any Hellcat, the Trackhawk adds 249 hp to the current SRT, which, with a naturally aspirated 6.4-liter V8, makes a not inconsiderable 468 hp. The eight-speed Torqueflite transmission has also been revised to handle the 875 Nm of torque. To meet this challenge without compromising reliability, Jeep has used reinforced transfer case components such as forged steel chain links and a wider-than-usual chain. Also, as a good American car, the new Trackhawk has to do a good quarter-mile time. It covers it in 11.6 seconds, not bad for a car that will weigh around two and a half tons.
In order to control all this massive power, you need good braking equipment. The 40 cm ventilated brake discs at the front with six-piston calipers and 35 cm at the rear are made by Brembo and are capable of stopping the Trackhawk from 100 to 0 km / h in 35 meters. As a reference, standard B-segment cars brake in that space, weighing less than half as much. The brakes are housed inside specially designed 20″ wheels shod with Pirelli P Zero Scorpion 295/45 tires.
Four driving modes are available: Sport, Track, Tow and Snow. Each of these modes acts on the behavior of the transmission, the response on the cams, suspension or power steering assistance.
Aesthetically it is not very different from a Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, although, if you look closely, you can see how the lower lights have been removed in the bumper to give shelter to new air intakes very useful to cool so much horsepower. In addition, at the rear there are four exhaust outlets instead of two.
Will we see it on this side of the pond? Hopefully yes. It would be strange, but the SRT is sold in our country from 100,200 euros. It's a tough rival to the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, BMW X5 M and Mercedes-Benz GLE AMG.