Hellcat-engined Jeep produces 707bhp and can reach 60mph in 3.5sec; it out accelerates even Bentley's Bentayga

Jeep has launched the most powerful series production SUV to go on sale yet at the New York motor show. Called the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, it’s a 707bhp brute that can out accelerate a Range Rover SVR, Bentley Bentayga, Porsche Cayenne Turbo S.

Using a supercharged 6.2-litre V8 that’s shared with the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, the Trackhawk also delivers 645lb ft of torque. The thick-chinned SUV can sprint from 0-60mph in 3.5sec - identical to a Jaguar F-Type SVR – and tops out at 180mph.

By comparison, the quickest of the aforementioned SUVs, the W12 engined Bentayga, is down on power by 107bhp and needs an extra half a second to hit 60mph. Although admittedly the luxury British SUV can make it to 187mph…

The Trackhawk uses an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends drive to all four wheels. An electronic limited-slip differential and beefed up rear axle work with the car’s launch control to enable its sports car-aping acceleration.

Braking is handled by Brembo 400mm front and 350mm rear discs that work with six and four-piston calipers respectively. The car sits on Bilstein adaptive dampers that can be adjusted through five drive modes, and 20in alloy wheels with 295-width Pirelli tyres.

To signify its muscle, the Trackhawk wears thick bumpers and a roof spoiler, and it sports quad-exit exhausts. Inside, deeply bolstered leather seats are accompanied by a 7in digital instrument cluster and 8.4in touchscreen, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto included.

The Trackhawk will sit above the 462bhp Grand Cherokee SRT, the current most potent Jeep, in the range. The Trackhawk is unconfirmed for Britain, but insiders are hopeful the model will make it here. If it does, expect a starting figure of more than £75,000.

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9 April 2017
Probably an engineering marvel, but really?
Spanner

9 April 2017
A tax laundering special if it ever reaches the UK. Bugatti need to build a rival!

9 April 2017
Umm, doesn't the Tesla Model X P100D SUV go from 0-60 in under 3 seconds?

9 April 2017
@Sonic, I guess some people do not care about glorified milk floats that have no off road capability.

9 April 2017
SmokingCoal wrote:

@Sonic, I guess some people do not care about glorified milk floats that have no off road capability.

Regardless of your personal preference, the Model X is still classed as an SUV, which means this Jeep is far from the quickest.

9 April 2017
I'd love to see a real life test between the Model X and the Jeep. Tesla may be marketing it as an SUV, but the poor ground clearance and terrible off road performance means that on anything other than tarmac, the Tesla would be left behind.

9 April 2017
....you just know it will.

In ten years time it will be a worthless hulk.

Steam cars are due a revival.

9 April 2017
Having driven the normal SRT-8 with "only" 450 odd hp which I thought was fantastic, I can only imagine how this will feel. I hope they bring it to the UK!

9 April 2017
I suppose it has two foreseeable purposes, Dubai special for one of the lower family ranks or perhaps the kids nanny. Or for someone who drives around looking for BMW M5's to embarrass at the lights and still thinks its so funny.

9 April 2017
The new must-have for premiership footballers and their wives.

Citroëniste.

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