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2018 Jeep Trackhawk has a Hellcat heart

Charles Fleming, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Automotive News

For the 2018 model year, Jeep has introduced a 707-horsepower version of its Grand Cherokee Trailhawk.

Called the Trackhawk, it answers a question no one ever asked: What would it be like to cross a Jeep trailhopper with a Dodge muscle car?

Imagine the pitch at parent company Fiat Chrysler HQ:

"Boss, what if we put a Hellcat engine in a Cherokee -- just because, you know, we can?"

The result is a mild-mannered, off-road-ready Jeep, smirking slightly because it has a secret.

Under the hood is the same supercharged power plant Fiat Chrysler Automobiles puts in its insanely fast Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcats.


This is big Detroit beef at its baddest -- a massive 6.2-liter V-8 growler that makes 707 horsepower and 645 pound-feet of torque. In a Jeep.

That's like a Vespa overdosing on Viagra, or a Harley big twin in a tricycle.

With the enormous engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, and assisted by Brembo brake calipers and a special Bilstein competition suspension system, there's plenty of "track" in Trackhawk.

The beast is reputed to get from zero to 60 miles per hour in a snappy 3.5 seconds, making it among the quickest gas-powered sport utility vehicles ever offered. (Tesla's battery-powered Model X, tested at 2.8 seconds, appears to wear the quickest SUV crown.)


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