Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
Jeep calls it
the fastest and most powerful SUV in the world. The 2018 Grand
Cherokee Trackhawk does have an insane 707 hp engine and top track
speed of 180 mpg. And it comes with a launch-control button and 0-60
mph time of 3.5 seconds.
So maybe they
its supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat engine, good for 645 pound-feet
of torque, from the muscular Charger/Challenger cousins and dropped
it into the Grand Cherokee. The result was a thrilling, neck-jarring
straight-line speed to 60 in 3.5 seconds — or less — and a
quarter-mile in 11.8 seconds.
down anything in its class — Porsche Cayenne Turbo, BMW M-Class
and Mercedes AMG — and will send many sports cars limping home,
looks menacing enough, with its racy fascia and heat-extracting hood
scoops. Fog lights were removed and replaced with additional air
intakes. Quad exhaust tips belch out the sounds, and
"Supercharged" badges mark the door wall and sills.
Inside, a flat-bottom wheel and swaths of carbon fiber affirm its
So let’s cut
to the chase: Put it in Track mode, plant your left foot firmly on
the brake pedal and press the launch button in the center console.
The brake pressure builds and the engine revs to 2,000-plus rpm,
then a new torque reserve system holds that rpm while allowing it to
build additional boost. Now, with your right foot, press the
accelerator to the floor and free the brake.
The front end
lifts up, your head pulls back and you let out a whoo-hoo! (For the
record, this should be done on a track, with a helmet). Trackhawk
times are said to top the Grand Cherokee SRT by a full second on
0-60 and the quarter mile.
distributed by Jeep’s TorqueFlite 8-speed transmission which is
capable — in Track mode — of shifting in microseconds. Torque
split is flexible, sending 60 percent to the rear in Auto mode but
keeping a 50-50 split in Track mode.
Now big power
needs big brakes and Trackhawk has the largest brakes ever planted
on a Jeep: 6-piston Brembo brakes with monster 15.4-inch rotors up
front, 4-piston in the rear, all with yellow calipers.
unexpectedly, lags in one competition: fuel economy. EPA figures put
it at 11 mpg city, 17 highway for a combined 13 mpg. Being the
fastest SUV doesn’t come cheap.
than being thirsty, the ’Hawk behaves reasonably well as a daily
driver. While a bit stiff, the Bilstein adaptive system keeps the
ride comfortable on most surfaces. The supercharger doesn’t whine
as much during regular driving. And, five drive modes accommodate
most any condition. Beyond Auto and Track — which adjusts
suspension, steering and torque — other modes include Sport, Snow
all the space for passengers and cargo as the regular Grand
Cherokees, plus a towing capacity of 7,200 pounds. An 8.4-inch
Uconnect touchscreen is one of the best in the industry, and it
features performance pages to monitor your exploits at the track.
It is well
equipped with standard safety equipment, too, including adaptive
cruise with forward collision warning and braking, blind spot and
cross traffic monitors.
spokesman couldn’t provide early figures, but said Trackhawk sales
are expected to be "stout" in this first full year of
Not bad for an
$86K SUV with an options list that can quickly jack up the sticker
to $100K. Consider a fully leather-wrapped interior ($4,995),
rear-seat dual-screen DVD player ($1,995), Harman Kardon sound
system with 19 speakers and 825-watt amplifier (another $1,995), and
dual-pane sunroof with suede headliner ($2,095) and you get the
life in the fast lane.
Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
$101,555 (with full leather interior, dual-screen entertainment
system, 19-speaker Harman Kardon sound, dual-pane sunroof)
the excitement about? The new Trackhawk is billed as the fastest and
most powerful SUV in the world
707-hp, 6.2-liter supercharged engine mated to 8-speed TorqueFlite
automatic engine with launch control feature
performance? Crazy fast: 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, quarter-mile in
fuel economy? Did you have to ask? EPA-rated at 11 mpg city, 17 mpg
highway; combined 13 mpg