By on May 28, 2015

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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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  • avatar
    jpolicke

    So BTSR, what color are you getting?

    • 0 avatar

      I don’t feel comfortable driving my Jeep because I’m so used to riding low in my 300 – which I’ve used as a daily driver – happily – over 3 different models. NO PROBLEMS WHATSOEVER beyond tire changes and brake changes.

      I would rather have a Hellcat 300 as my next car. I will hold out till 2017. If a Hellcat 300 is produced, I’m thinking Silver or Blue – maybe even Red.

      If 300 doesn’t get HELLCATTED.. then definitely a RED or White Jeep HELLCAT.

      First mod will be to cheaper tires with longer tread life. These Pirelli’s are $350 a piece around here.

      • 0 avatar
        PeriSoft

        “First mod will be to cheaper tires with longer tread life.”

        More power and less grip; just what the doctor ordered!

      • 0 avatar
        FormerFF

        What good is having that much power if you can’t get it to the road? Would you get another set of wheels and mount some drag radials and take the car to the strip, or just not ever actually use the power?

      • 0 avatar
        jpolicke

        Not a believer in Pirelli quality anymore. Daughter is looking to dump 4 half-used Pirellis because the noise became atrocious, and the tires started inducing a steering wheel shimmy that nothing but replacement would correct. Of course, once the Chinese start running things, they’ll only get better.

        • 0 avatar
          bball40dtw

          The P7 Cinturato is a good tire but I haven’t had experience with much else.

        • 0 avatar
          golden2husky

          Pirelli in my friend’s SS Camaroo lasted 16K!! Rather spirited use, yes, but no burnouts. And they cost a grand a set.

          • 0 avatar
            JuniperBug

            16k is normal, even good, mileage for high performance tires. My brother didn’t get 10k out of the OEM rears on his 350Z, and he mostly drove like an old lady. Once you get into the realm of UHP (ultra high performance) rubber – not to be confused with the softer-but-still-streetable EHP (extreme high performance) – you can’t expect it to last 60k miles like on your Camry.

            Be glad it’s not a sports motorcycle, where a set of tires lasts 3-5k, and still costs $500 to replace. I expect to get about 15k miles out of my 2300lb, 140hp Miata’s UHPs (BF Goodrich Comp2). If you want performance, that’s how it is.

          • 0 avatar
            beastpilot

            My Lotus Elise has 16K miles on it and is on the 5th set of tires.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            JuniperBug- agree. I used to be lucky to get a season out of a set of sport bike tires and that was with running a slightly more “stiff” set of hoops.

        • 0 avatar
          SatelliteView

          Jesus effin’ Christ…. The iphone is made in China, and????

      • 0 avatar
        beastpilot

        So your first mod is to take off a consumable item, paying to have them removed, just so you can put on something that will be cheaper than the things you already own?

      • 0 avatar
        Compaq Deskpro

        I had Pirelli P7 Cinturatos on my old Crown Vic, they rode nice and were grippy and quiet. Only problem is in less than 6 months they all failed due to sidewall punctures. If I recall, my friend took out 2 at once while attempting to teach to park next to a curb, I drove fast onto a curb to avoid someone who moved onto into my lane without looking, I drove slowly onto a curb to give a fire truck clearance on a narrow street, I got stuck in the mud on someone’s unfinished driveway while it was downpouring. That’s 5 tires so one of them was something else. It’s not worth it to buy snazzy tires, they’re too consumable.

  • avatar

    When companies listen to my hate-filled rants and emails…they suddenly start to turn out better products.

  • avatar

    There’s NO WAY this thing is gonna start at $65,000.
    The Hellcating has basically added over $20,000 to the Challenger SRT and Charger SRT. Somehow I see a $90,000 Jeep Hellcat Trackhawk sticker (at least).

    And Chrysler is gonna get EVERY PENNY OF IT.

    When I was in Dubai – I’ve never seen so many SRT stickers.

    300,000 Dirhams = $81,677 (I made a video “buying cars in Dubai”)

    • 0 avatar
      dal20402

      $65k is presumably for the 392 version.

      And this seems like a car that’s appropriate for posing in Dubai, because it certainly isn’t useful. It’s a worse SUV than a regular JGC and a worse sports sedan than a Charger.

      • 0 avatar

        #1 There’s no such thing as “posing” when you’re driving a $90,000 truck with SEVEN HUNDRED and SEVEN HORSEPOWER.

        #2 It’s NOT a sports sedan.

        #3 If you’re living in Dubai and driving around in a $90,000 truck… obviously, the world’s opinion of you is irrelevant.

        Especially when they’re riding around in econocars.

        • 0 avatar
          dal20402

          I don’t know why you don’t move from New York to Dubai. It seems to suit your preferences better.

        • 0 avatar
          SunnyvaleCA

          I agree with Dal. Poser vehicle all the way. But maybe many/most expensive vehicles are Poser vehicles. So, pose all you want!

          * More power than a semi but not set up to pull 20-tonne loads
          * All-wheel-drive, but not appropriate tires, suspension, or ground clearance for off-road use like a regular Jeep
          * All-wheel-drive but summer tires aren’t going to work in the snow like a regular Jeep
          * Automatic everything, including transmission; you’re hardly even driving

          So basically I’m getting the forward thrust of a $40k Mustang (or Charger or Challenger) with no other classic Jeep attributes. And really, no other “performance” attributes on the newest of the v8 ‘stangs, either.

          • 0 avatar

            sunnyvaleCA

            That diatribe you just laid out. I’m anxious to know what YOU DRIVE.

            I can tell just by reading that – you just don’t understand.

            The JEEP HELLCAT will be the world’s fastest, most powerful SUV – just in time to go up against the Model X (which may or may not ever debut).

          • 0 avatar
            SunnyvaleCA

            Well, BigTruck, in my book it’s a poser vehicle. I partially laid out my reasoning in my “diatribe” above. The other vehicles listed in the article are poser vehicles too.

            Your own statement: “I don’t feel comfortable driving my Jeep because I’m so used to riding low in my 300.” So it seems like you realize the height might be an issue at 175+ MPH. And, if it doesn’t go at least that fast, it actually won’t be any faster than the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S poser. …or my own poser: the Cayman S (which at least it has a stick, is my daily driver, and has done light offloading in Yosemite).

    • 0 avatar
      b534202

      They can’t make enough Charger/Challenger Hellcats to meet demand, but they can make another new model using that engine?

      • 0 avatar
        VolandoBajo

        @b534202 What makes you think that FCA doesn’t want to create a market for MORE supercharged 707 HP motors, in order to create enough volume to better cover the fixed startup and fixed operating costs of additional manufacturing capacity?

  • avatar

    I’m concerned about FCA’s future when most of its R&D goes to giant, overpowered, RWD vehicles that are underpinned by aging platforms and that won’t be able to meet regulations in the coming years. Most other companies are developing small, fuel-efficient engines and modular platforms. I can see why Marchionne wanted a merger with GM.

    But, let’s enjoy the Mopar Horsepower Renaissance while we can.

    • 0 avatar
      dal20402

      This, exactly. This is why Marchionne wants to merge not just with GM but with anyone who’s stupid enough to do so.

    • 0 avatar
      danio3834

      “I’m concerned about FCA’s future when most of its R&D goes to giant, overpowered, RWD vehicles”

      It doesn’t.

      However, thick margins on low volume products can buy CAFE credits if customers are willing to pay.

      • 0 avatar
        Mandalorian

        It’s a pretty safe niche. The Hellcats/SRTs are cool and get people into the showroom, but the average customer leaves with a V6 Grand Cherokee or Charger.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      I’m not because people not only think they are cool, but they are buying them.

      FCA gives ‘Muricans what ‘Muricans want.

    • 0 avatar
      CJinSD

      I’m concerned because Daimler-Benz did all the heavy lifting on both of the platforms in play here. Who will build FCA’s next world class platform?

      • 0 avatar
        derekson

        If Marchionne had his way, GM would provide FCA’s next platforms.

        New Chargers and 300s on the GM Omega platform that underpins the new CT6 would be a huge step forward over the old Mercedes platform they’re currently riding on. They could probably cut almost 1000 lbs. of curb weight.

        Plus Dodge could make some smaller, sporty RWD cars on the Alpha platform, like the Pontiacs that were on the drawing board before the brand was axed. It would actually give FCA the ability to have Dodge with a full range of cars, rather than the massive gap they currently have between Dart and Charger.

        It makes all the sense in the world for FCA. But I don’t really see any appeal for GM other than getting ahold of Jeep and getting even more high margin SUV marketshare.

      • 0 avatar
        SC5door

        The LX platform has ALOT of LH in it; in fact the LX cars were done before Daimler stepped in.

        The WK2 development was in Auburn Hills, not in Germany.

        • 0 avatar
          Scoutdude

          The LX cars were originally just a new body on the old LH underpinnings with the RWD/AWD designs that had been sitting on the shelf dusted off. They were ready to tool when Daimler took over and then said that the cars needed to use Daimler suspension and drive train pieces so the engineers were sent back to the drawing board to incorporate those pieces.

    • 0 avatar
      VolandoBajo

      @Kyree S. Williams FCA already has the technology to create big block, high output motors, ergo no significant incremental developmental cost.

      Fuel efficient small block engines, however, being a newer technology, would require significantly more R&D to be competitive.

      Hence, the quick, easy win for FCA is to repeat Chrysler history. Competition for performance? Let them eat hemi exhaust!

      • 0 avatar
        Lorenzo

        Chrysler’s history was to lose massive amounts of money in downturns when it didn’t have compact economy cars to fall back on (the Dart and Valiant were mid-sized by today’s standards, and they weren’t enough). The salvation of Fiat in Europe is diesels – the biggest gas engines they make are 1.6 with turbos to achieve the power that sells in America.

        The smaller engines FCA has don’t put out enough power for American roads, and the American market is the only one that FCA could depend on for survival in a global downturn. They’ll need something more efficient than the 2.4 four and more compact models than the Dart to survive a world-wide downturn, where we get a cold, but the rest of the world gets pneumonia.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Wait there already was a JGC SRT, so now there’s that and yet another trim/model?

    • 0 avatar
      derekson

      I would imagine that the Trackhawk 6.4 would replace the SRT model in the range, but I could be wrong.

      It doesn’t really make sense to have both if there’s a 6.4 version of the Trackhawk though.

  • avatar
    Fred

    Put a Hellcat in a Dart then I’ll be impressed.

  • avatar
    CarnotCycle

    A top-heavy brick with 700+ horsepower available OTC? I bet it goes from zero-to-dead housewife in less than four seconds. Impressive.

    • 0 avatar
      indi500fan

      I’ve seen several big Hellcat shunts on the net already.

      Now we get Jeep drifting, LOL

    • 0 avatar
      SlowMyke

      People don’t need 707 to to tree themselves. And I’d say housewives don’t really care about hellcatting all the things. They stop caring at luxury, looks tough, and jeep.

      My personal case in point, my wife wants her next vehicle to be either a Rubicon Unlimited, top trim GC, or a Range Rover. Fast is fast enough. Most women, especially the ones that would wrap a car around a tree, don’t nerd out over the top engine specs.

      • 0 avatar
        derekson

        Most of the housewives you see in X5M and ML63 AMGs only wanted the most expensive model to show off rather than caring about the performance. Mercedes is actually pretty smart for adding Maybach versions to offer a plush high luxury expensive trim in addition to a high performance expensive trim.

      • 0 avatar
        gtemnykh

        A Rubicon? It’s funny because there’s atleast 2 JKs that park near me at work, one a Rubicon Unlimited with the factory M/T tires and Mopar rock sliders, but otherwise stock and unlifted. Another one was an “arctic” edition 2 door, also with M/T tires and I’d imagine some locking diffs. Neither truck as far as I could tell ever saw so much as a dirt road. In the mean time, the owners had to deal with the awful road manners (noise, terrible wet/snow performance) of gnarly mud terrain tires. I’m jonesing to upgrade to decent All terrain tires on my 4Runner, but even I can’t justify losing the serene and efficient ride of regular highway rubber seeing as I’m not running any difficult trails, and I have dedicated snow tires for the winter that blow any all terrain out of the water in winter conditions (short of multiple feet of snow where a good mud terrain would be best).

  • avatar
    Timothy

    My sis just picked up her new JGC Limited last Friday… there was an SRT8 in the showroom that stickered for 71k, NFW that the Trailhawk is starting at 65 with the supercharged semi.

  • avatar
    Firestorm 500

    Well that’s before wheels, and air conditioning, and stuff.

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    Looks like FCA is hoping CAFE gets repealed. Maybe Marchionne can merge with Hillary in 2016.

    • 0 avatar
      jpolicke

      I wouldn’t merge with her with your…company.

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        jpolicke – most men have a built in safety mechanism, to be drunk enough to consider it means being drunk enough for it to not rise to the occasion ;)

        My comment was a double entendre. Government intervention (Bailout) in some circles is a much dirtier thought than banging the next commander in chief.
        One more random thought………..unless “Brazilian” we will have one more “Bush” in the White House.

        • 0 avatar
          VolandoBajo

          @Lou_BC Well at least we might end up with a president with a pair of balls in the White House.

          It is a sad thing as an American to know that it is the French(!) government that insists on nuclear inspections at Iranian military bases.

          Flame on all you want, liberals. I stand by what I said. An arms treaty without full inspection has to either be stupidity, complicity or duplicity.

          We may never know which, but it is clear that such a deal would not be in either the US interests or the interests of the majority of the world.

          I don’t take back everything I’ve said about the French and military/political backbone, but I sure do take back a lot of it after hearing that one.

          “Don’t look too closely at the Iranian nuclear treaty, people! It’s too complicated and you might get confused! Just keep looking for bread, and at the Hellcat circus.”

          I’m glad we have the Hellcat choice, but you must admit it serves as a nice distraction from what really goes on in the world.

  • avatar
    Hummer

    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.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      Hummer – that HellCat Challenger becomes rather mundane when every other FCA vehicle has the same engine in it. I wonder when Ram will get it?

      • 0 avatar
        bball40dtw

        I am no FCA cheerleader, but nothing with the Hellcat powertrain is “mundane”.

        • 0 avatar
          Lou_BC

          bball40dtw – when I say “mundane” I’m saying that it looses some “specialness” or “uniqueness” if that engine finds its way in multiple places.

          Kinda hard to brag about your Challenger Hellcat hemi when the neighbour’s Jeep has it, the other neighbour’s Ram has it, and your buddies Charger has it.

          It is like dating a supermodel, not very unique when all your buddies are dating supermodels too.

          • 0 avatar
            Hummer

            “is like dating a supermodel, not very unique when all your buddies are dating supermodels too.”

            You know some of us do what we do to please ourselves, not impress others.

          • 0 avatar
            danio3834

            “It is like dating a supermodel, not very unique when all your buddies are dating supermodels too.”

            Is f*cking a supermodel any less fun if your buddies are also banging models of their own?

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            If my buddies and I were all dating supermodels I think I would be in a different tax bracket. And if you are dating a supermodel, do you really care if someone else is dating another supermodel?

            Even now, I don’t care who my friends are dating or married to and don’t compare them to my wife. Plus I think my wife could squat at least two supermodels. Three if they are the anorexic ones.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @hummer
            “You know some of us do what we do to please ourselves, not impress others.”

            Hand job comes to mind

          • 0 avatar
            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.

      • 0 avatar
        Hummer

        3 vehicle will have it, they could put this into every single vehicle and it wouldn’t make it mundane, this engine could make a corolla exciting.

  • avatar
    Shinoda is my middle name

    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.)

    • 0 avatar
      danio3834

      I can’t think of a reason why they shouldn’t do this. It’ll be a pretty awesome vehicle which many people will enjoy, and it will make money for the company. Everyone wins.

    • 0 avatar
      SlowMyke

      How dare they sell ridiculous cars! Just like those hair brains at Lamborghini and Ferrari… When will they learn? No one needs these things. Push no boundaries, dream reasonably, and don’t upset anyone!

      • 0 avatar
        VolandoBajo

        Can I swap a supercharged Hellcat into my 97 Grand Marquis? Will I have to go to the sixteen inch wheels and hubs in order to install the larger front rotors, in order to do so? And will the carbon matrix fiber driveshaft be able to handle the HP?

        Inquiring minds want to know.

        Sleeper dreams…

        • 0 avatar
          danio3834

          I see no reason why you shouldn’t attempt this. All the glory will be to you.

          • 0 avatar
            VolandoBajo

            Ah, @danio3834 like so many other things, if I were only thirty years younger, and had the time and money.

            I do think I saw somewhere on the net a guy with a Panther that was a DD that looked stock and turned quarters in the twelves.

            I am content to have the room, the power and the handling of my Grand Marquis, but it would be fun to do the whole enchilada.

            And for those who say it doesn’t handle, I have the base model 97, and it has antisway bars front and rear. Going into high speed right angle turns on the highway, Hondas and Toyotas all around me slow down from 65 to 45, while, when conditions permit, I hold a stead 65, and the care barely leans.

            And that on a pair of new Firestone Affinitys on the front, and the Bridgestone Insignia SE’s I got it with on the rear.

            But maybe I should do a kickstarter project that for it, just to frost the butthurt small car drivers who hate the idea of anyone driving a V8. Yeah, the mileage isn’t great, but the handling, roominess and power are enough, even if it isn’t a Hellcat. And it sure isn’t a two liter econobox, either, complete with the backbreaker driver’s seat and AWOL bag sized trunk.

        • 0 avatar
          28-Cars-Later

          I think you may tear a hole in space and time and possibly destroy the universe, so yes do it.

          • 0 avatar
            VolandoBajo

            @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.

        • 0 avatar
          Lou_BC

          VolandoBajo – a Ford transplant would be easier. Get your hands on a Shelby GT500 drivetrain. A supercharged 5.4 would be a much easier fit.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            460. Somehow.

          • 0 avatar
            danio3834

            “A supercharged 5.4 would be a much easier fit.”

            Both would likely require a hole in the hood, the 5.4 S/C does for sure. The modular would be mundane in comparison to the S/C Hemi though.

            “460. Somehow.”

            There have been V10s swapped into Panthers…

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            danio3834 – the 5.4 that was in the GT500 was IIRC a custom German built engine. It shares little in common with the 5.4 in my pickup. The GT 500 engine is far from mundane but next time I’ll try to chose my words more carefully.
            Baruth has nothing to fear from my writing ;)

  • avatar
    GoFaster58

    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.

    • 0 avatar
      gtemnykh

      I agree comrade, the proletariat need nothing more than a 65hp Lada for transportation purposes. In fact, they should simply take the bus! We’ll show those bourgeois V8 drivers!

      • 0 avatar
        VolandoBajo

        @gtemnykh You yellow running dog bourgeois anti-proletarian revisionist! 65 hp! Only the animals that are more equal than the other animals need such horsepower, the better to serve the needs of the masses, and to get to their dachas on the weekend.

        A simple moped, or for the family man, a tuk-tuk with your family and your groceries hanging off the back end, is more than enough to carry the revolution forward.

        Comes the revolution to America, there will be no more of these over-powered Hondas and Toyotas, either.

        We are working on getting public acceptance of the new re-education program as we speak.

        Oh, and don’t forget, soon you won’t even have to drive, we will do all that for you too, lest you get the idea that you are free to choose where you want to go. Central Planning will figure out the most economical routes, and ALL vehicles will be shared vehicles.

        Think of the resources we can save you, once we get you to go along with our plan to end this rampant need for individuality and power.

        [In today’s world of the Internet, I feel that it is advisable, perhaps even necessary, to point out that I am being facetious and/or sarcastic in writing this, lest some of the more intellectually challenged think I really am one of them “communisses*” that really believe this.]

        *communisses, as defined by John Kennedy O’Toole in A Confederacy of Dunces.

    • 0 avatar
      zamoti

      So GoFaster58, are you saying that we should GoSlower?

    • 0 avatar
      Hummer

      It’s really not a very big engine, all 3 domestics have a 6.2; and as an aside, you can’t have a engine too big.

      As mentioned, a name change is in order.

    • 0 avatar
      Sgt Beavis

      Is your name supposed to be ironic or something?

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      GoFaster58 – wants and needs are different. Sure no one “NEEDS” 700 plus HP unless you drive transport trucks for a living. Fortunately for those of us in affluent parts of the world, we have the luxury of treating wants and desires like needs.

      If someone wants to buy one and someone builds it for them….. it is a win win for everyone except the save the seals tree hugger types. So 3 wins in one buy ;)

    • 0 avatar
      VolandoBajo

      @GoFaster58 Why did you climb Everest? Because it was there.

      Why do you go fast? Because I can.

      A bicycle or your feet will get you from point A to point B in most cases. Yet I will bet you want something a bit faster than that, at least for certain combinations of A and B.

      And others of us may want something even faster than what you do. That is human nature.

      Remember the beginning of 2001:Space Odyssey. A caveman tosses a large bone into the air, and it morphs into a dogbone-shaped space station, circling the Earth.

      It’s been going on forever, it’s just the fire down below. (And I’m not referring to the place some people might end up spending eternity…I am referring to the drive to excel, the drive to go beyond, the need for speed.)

    • 0 avatar
      JD23

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

  • avatar
    tylanner

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

    • 0 avatar
      VolandoBajo

      @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.

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