2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
When SRT engineers created Hellcat engines for the Dodge Charger and Challenger… some wondered if that performance would ever be paired with Jeep’s ruggedness. Well it has, in the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.
Here, the Hellcat’s supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 rates 707 horsepower and 645 lb.-ft. of torque. That big engine needs a lot of air… so fog lights are swapped for cold air ducts.
An upgraded 8-speed automatic transmission triggers lightning fast shifts. In sport mode, they’re even quicker and the steering firmer. For us, that was the sweet spot while driving on the highway and these backroads in Maine and New Hampshire.
GREG CARLOSS: “There’s also a quad exhaust system out back. There’s a bit of refinement to it. It’s not as brutal and aggressive as the Charger and Challenger, but still really nice. You get a lot of sound there (engine growls). Laying into the throttle (engine growls) I mean it’s everything you want maybe just a little bit more refined than those other cars”
JOHN DAVIS: This lowered SUV was also right at home at Club Motorsports in Tamworth, New Hampshire, maintaining great composure and stability. The Brembo brake system with 15 3/4 inch front rotors kept the hard braking zones largely uneventful.
But the Trackhawk is still best suited for straight line runs.With the easy to use launch control system and all four wheels putting power down, we zoomed to 60 in 3.5 seconds on the very first run.
The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk well-handled the drive to the track, our time on the track, and the drive back home, while still maintaining much of its all-weather and off-pavement capabilities. Look for it by the end of the year, starting at around $86,000.
Engine: 6.2 liter
Price: Starts around $86,000