Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Hits Limelight With 707-HP

Okay, so they were not the best at keeping secrets but we are all still grateful to know that the fastest Jeep ever is finally here. The Hellcat-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee has been unveiled after a much-hyped build-up. Finally, the anticipation is over.


As we have all been expecting, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk made its official debut at the New York auto show this week. There is much to be excited about and it truly is a spectacular vehicle. The most impressive aspect has to be the phenomenal power. At 707 horsepower, it is no slouch. That is the same as the Challenger and Charger Hellcats.


There was some concern as to how they would work with the power from the 6.2-liter engine in the Grand Cherokee that works on permanent all-wheel-drive. Some thought they might have to tone it down but they were able to manage it with a bit of modification to the full-time active transfer case which now boasts forged steel chain sprockets as well as a wider chain.


An electronic limited-slip differential in the rear keeps a check on power while the transfer case used a single-speed active setup. Problem solved. Jeep is claiming the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the “most powerful” and “quickest SUV ever.” They back this claim up with speed and performance statistics such as 0-60 mph in a mere 3.5 seconds and 11.6 seconds over the quarter mile. The top speed is an impressive 180 mph, not bad for an SUV.


Obviously more modifications had to be done in order to deal with the speed and increased power. They started with the brakes on the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and installed some heavy duty 15.75-inch two-piece vented Brembo rotors in the front that work with a 6-piston caliper system. The rear brakes consist of 13.78-inch vented rotors. Another stat claimed by Jeep is that the Trackhawk will come to a complete stop from a speed of 60 mph in only 114 feet.


As with the Grand Cherokee SRT, there is a choice of five modes on the all-wheel-drive system. These are snow, tow, sport, track and auto. These will tweak the suspension, transmission, all-wheel-drive settings and the electronic power steering programming. Another exciting edition to the Jeep line-up.