Calling it the most powerful and quickest SUV ever, Jeep has unveiled the long rumored 707 horsepower Hellcat powered Grand Cherokee Trackhawk at the New York Auto Show.
It’s bonkers fast and the first application of the Hellcat supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 in an SUV. With 707 horsepower and 645 lb.-ft. of torque it can blast from 0-60 in a mere 3.5 seconds and traps the quarter mile in 11.6 seconds.
You can thank all-wheel drive and launch control in large part for its stunning performance potential, something that would be nice in the Dodge Charger and Challenger Hellcats. Here it has an upgraded eight-speed automatic and beefed up driveline components to keep it all on one piece.
Suspension is 1-inch lower and upgraded with stiffer springs and anti roll bars in addition to a Bilstein adaptive damper system that’s tied to a drive mode system called Selec-Track. Tires are wide 295/45ZR20 and wrapped around massive 20-inch alloys.
Through them you can see the bright yellow calipers of its Brembo brakes. The largest brakes Jeep has ever installed on one of their vehicles, you get 15.75-inch rotors at the front at 13.78-inch rotors at the rear. Because of them, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk can stop from 60 mph in a very respectable 114 feet.
Styling tweaks for the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk oddly enough are a lot more conservative than you would think with all the performance it offers up. Up front you get a revised SRT fascia with extra air inlets just below the grille and deleted fog lights for additional airflow.
Fender flares buff up the look along with lower rocker sills and the hood features air extractors. A gloss black grille and bi-xenon headlamps tie it all together for a meaner look.
At the rear you’ll find a unique bumper and four massive exhaust tips snaking out from under the chassis. They’re not center mounted like SRT Grand Cherokee’s of the past so you can still have a trailer hitch as it can tow some 7,200 pounds.
The cabin is of course outfitted with top of the line trims and accoutrements. Black chrome and carbon fiber accents bring a more sporting and business like look than in the standard Grand Cherokee while a unique instrument cluster features a 200 mph speedometer.
Standard Nappa leather and suede sport seats are both heated and ventilated up front, heated in the rear. You can also option the Signature Leather Interior Package with black or red that lines pretty much everything in aromatic hides.
The 2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will arrive this fall with pricing to be announced a little closer to that time but expect it to be somewhere in the neighborhood of $70,000 to start and yes you know the dealerships will be tacking on some extra along the way.