Jeep Grand Cherokee To Receive Hellcat Power As Trackhawk

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon
jeep grand cherokee to receive hellcat power as trackhawk

Looking for a Jeep Grand Cherokee with more altitude than the Altitude? How does a Hellcat Cherokee sound?

By the middle of next year, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will hitting showrooms ready to do to Mid-Ohio and Pomona what the Trailhawk does to Moab, Car and Driver reports. Power for the high-performance SUV will come from either a naturally aspirated 6.4-liter Hemi V8 found in the current Grand Cherokee SRT — good for 475 horses — or an optional supercharged Hellcat V8, whose 707 horses and 650 lb-ft of tire-destroying torque could likely take the Trackhawk from nil to 60 in under four seconds.

The Trackhawk could also do away with four-wheel drive, as engineers are facing difficulties blast-proofing the Grand Cherokee’s driveline against the raw power the Hellcat V8 delivers; electronically limiting torque in lower gears is also under consideration.

Price of admission is expected to begin at $65,000, with competition to include the Range Rover Sport SVR, Mercedes ML63 AMG, BMW X5 M, and Porsche Cayenne Turbo S.

[Source: Kamil Kaluski/ The Truth About Cars]

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  • Hummer Hummer on May 28, 2015

    Looks good, glad to see at least one automaker is still willing to build a vehicle that isn't completely boring. Plus look at all the negative comments, that's when you know your doing well, all of the negative nannies stuck in their Camrys get upset that others can have fun.

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    • Lou_BC Lou_BC on May 29, 2015

      @Lou_BC My point is that the initial impression of the wildcat engine was that of a halo vehicle. A unique or special product. Putting it into everything waters down that fact. No different than Ford deciding to turn every F150 into a Raptor or Ferrari deciding to mass produce an entry level sports car. Exclusivity is part of the package that is also gratifying for a large number of buyers. wasn't trying to get all controversial.

  • Stupid fast. Emphasis on stupid. Note to FCA engineers: Like I taught my son when he was a teenager: Just because you CAN do something, doesn't necessarily follow that you SHOULD. I get it that there is a segment of America in these Obama-NSA years who want to extend a large middle-finger to the government and to any conventional sense of reason that says this is unnecessary, and are willing to pay unbelievable sums of money to do so. (I fully expect a great deal of hater response in response to this posting.) But, really? (Parenthetically, I can't WAIT to see my first one of these on their side on the interstate median after the first serious snowfall in January. For certain applications: Yes, there is such a thing as TOO MUCH POWER.)

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    • VolandoBajo VolandoBajo on May 30, 2015

      @28-Cars-Later The Old Man and the V8...yes, it might create a timewarp/wormhole in the space/time continuum as we know it. Perhaps a modern day version of Cannonball Run, or that other long forgotten classic, Vanishing Point, with Barry Newman. A variation of that, or perhaps a cross between Hemingway's Old Man and the Sea and Stephen King's Langoliers, with a bit of Christine folded in. I think I am beginning to understand why God didn't allow me to be more than moderately successful financially...if it were ever done, I would be one of the ones to try it. Especially since my childhood heroes were Ted Williams (as much because he was a Marine pilot as because he was perhaps the best all around baseball player of all time), Don Garlits, the Arfrons Brothers from Ohio (four Allison aircraft engines in their Green Monster quarter miler), and Carroll Shelby. Later, Ayrton Senna was added to this list. But if anyone seriously would want to see this done, I am willing to use my Mercury as a platform. :-) I'm even open to having someone else drive it at the track, as long as I can still use it as my DD. Red Barchetta. Tan Panther. Just watch out for the Honda econo-patrol.

  • GoFaster58 GoFaster58 on May 29, 2015

    I have yet to have anyone explain why Hellcat's are needed. Other than a greedy manufacturer there is no real reason. The object is to get from point A to point B. You don't need a huge, monstrous engine to do that.

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    • JD23 JD23 on May 30, 2015

      Do you really "need" 90% of the features on your iphone?

  • Tylanner Tylanner on May 29, 2015

    I actually cringed in your opening line when you said "a Hellcat Cherokee" without the "Grand".

    • VolandoBajo VolandoBajo on May 30, 2015

      @tylanner That's what makes horse races. I actually smiled as I envisioned an XJ like my former 95 Cherokee Sport with 707 hp under the hood. And as less of a sleeper, but still an awesome Jeep, I knew a biker dude down in Virginia back in the eighties who spent most of his time on his Harley. His GF was a dancer, and he let her use his Jeep Wrangler to get to work and back. He had shoe-horned a big block V8 into it, a somewhat builtup one at that, as I recall. Since that was back in a time when not just every Tom Dick and Harry with too much money could buy a street driver that could do 0-60 sub six seconds, it was quite an outstanding performer. Had glass pack mufflers, too. A real window-rattler, when she would wind it up a bit and pop the clutch. His only instructions to her regarding driving it were that she could do all the standing start runs she wanted, but that she was forbidden from racing on winding roads. Sounded like pretty good advice to me. She never had an accident in the several years that I knew them while I lived down there. And she reported that no one had ever beaten her light to light either, something that was easily believable.