Hellcat-powered 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk arrives with 707 horsepower

After what seems like forever, it has finally happened: the quickest Jeep ever is here.  The Hellcat-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee has arrived, ending one of the worst-kept secrets of all time.

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

Making its formal debut this week at the New York auto show, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk has plenty to boast about as it stakes its claim on the performance mountain.

First and foremost, it has the full boat when it comes to power: yes, all 707 horsepower that the Challenger and Charger Hellcats have. There was concern in the performance community that the supercharged 6.2-liter’s power output would be neutered in the Grand Cherokee due to the all-wheel-drive syste’s strength, but Jeep overcame that concern by modifying the full-time active transfer case with forged steel chain sprockets and a wider chain.

That transfer case is a single-speed active setup and there’s an electronic limited-slip differential in the rear to help control the power.

Jeep’s touting the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk as the “most powerful” and “quickest SUV ever.” 

With claims like 0-60 mph in just 3.5 seconds, a quarter mile time of 11.6 seconds, and a top speed of 180 mph, we aren’t about to argue with them.

Of course, to handle all this power and speed the Grand Cherokee’s brake system was upgraded, heavily, for Trackhawk duty. With 15.75-inch two-piece vented Brembo rotors up front clamped by 6-piston calipers, and 13.78-inch vented rotors in back, Jeep claims the Trackhawk can come to a standstill from 60 mph in just 114 feet.

Many driveline components have been upgraded for Trackhawk duty, from the 8-speed automatic transmission being bolstered to a strengthened rear drive shaft and new, stronger rear axle.

Like the Grand Cherokee SRT the all-wheel-drive system has modes, five of them to be exact. There’s auto, sport, track, tow, and snow. Each modifies the all-wheel-drive system, transmission, paddle shifters, suspension, and electronic power steering programming.

Worried about handing the keys to your Trackhawk over to a valet? Like most high-performance vehicles these days, there’s a valet mode which limits, well, everything. From power to modified shift points, the Trackhawk basically turns into a V-6-powered Grand Cherokee.

While not its main mission in life, the Trackhawk is capable of towing up to 7,200 pounds. For those keeping track, that’s exactly the same as the Grand Cherokee SRT and regular Grand Cherokee with the 5.9-liter Hemi V-8 engine.

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

 

Visually the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is what we expected. It’s nearly identical to the Grand Cherokee SRT which was refreshed for 2017. Gone are the SRT’s fog lights for better cooling, and out back there’s a new quad exhaust setup that is sure to emit the sound of the devil.

Filling the wheel wells are 20-inch alloy wheels with a square tire setup from Pirelli. The 3-season P Zero Scorpion Verde tires are 295/45Zs. For those wanting to save a decent amount of weight an optional lightweight 20-inch forged alloy wheel option will be available, and they save 12 pounds per corner over the standard setup.

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