5 things you need to know about Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

Hellcat-powered super-SUV will redefine what’s possible in an off-roader
By Amit Benjamin, Editor
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April 11, 2017
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It wasn’t a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’ and the ‘when’ is er… now. Here is the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and it packs the Hellcat’s 707-horsepower 6.2-litre supercharged Hemi V8 under the bonnet. All rise!

That wondrous power figure makes it the world’s fastest and most powerful production SUV, making the 600bhp Bentley Bentayga seem a little inadequate in comparison. In fact, it is more powerful than most Lamborghinis, Ferraris and Porsches; how delightfully insane. Here are 5 things you need to know about the Jeep Trackhawk.

1: It will accelerate quicker than most sportscars… and quite a few supercars: The benchmark 0-100kph run is dispatched in just over 3.5 seconds, making it more rapid than a Porsche 911 Carrera GTS, a Jaguar F-Type SVR and even an Aston Martin DB11. Top speed is a very supercar-like 290kph as well.

2: Brakes as big as a Bugatti's: The prodigious pace naturally needs to be reined in and the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will have remarkable stopping power thanks to the humongous brake discs that will be fitted to it. The front discs are vented and measure a whopping 400mm ‒ or merely a millimetre shy of the Veyron’s stoppers ‒ and are grasped by six-piston callipers. Mega!

3: It will out-drag bona fide supercars: The quarter-mile run, if you are interested in that sort of stuff, is rather ably demolished in 11.6 seconds. That’s nearly half a second quicker than the Lamborghini Murciélago and a full second faster than the much lighter Aston Martin V12 Vantage!

4: It will be off-road capable and yet make delicious donuts: The Trackhawk will naturally boast four-wheel-drive armed with an electronic limited-slip diff at the back plus a single speed transfer case. The computers can distribute the torque between the two axles in a variety of ways, however in Track mode, 70 per cent of the power will be sent to the rear wheels. This bodes well for some tyre vaporisation.

5: It will pack the same launch tech as the bonkers Dodge Demon: For the quickest off-the-line performance, the Trackhawk has a torque reserve launch system. In launch mode, and with over 1,000rpm on the tacho, the system boosts supercharger revs without spinning the rubbers. In essence, it makes sure that all the pent up power is deployed in the most efficient manner for chest-compressing off-the-line starts.

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