What is it?
Essentially, it’s two of the US’s motoring loves – large, comfy SUVs and raw, powerful muscle cars – mashed together to create a supercharged, supersized beast… that would still be practical for a school run. A potentially very quick school run, obviously.
Set the task of producing the world’s fastest SUV, SRT, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' performance arm, set about it in a different way from the likes of Mercedes-AMG or Land Rover’s SVO division. SRT has set about it in the most American way possible: sticking a great big powerful V8 up front.
And not just any V8 but the Mopar Hellcat, a 6.2-litre unit featuring a 2.4-litre IHI supercharger, previously featured in such demure and subtle machines as the Dodge Charger and Challenger Demon.
The Hellcat produces a supercar-rivalling 697bhp and 645lb ft of torque at 4800rpm (a slight reduction on its use elsewhere due to a more restrictive exhaust), powered through an eight-speed automatic gearbox with a manual mode.
With power to all four wheels, the Trackhawk can go from 0-60mph in 3.5sec and hit 100mph in 8.8sec. It has a claimed top speed of 180mph, which SRT says is determined purely by the vehicle’s aerodynamics; this is no wind tunnel-crafted sports car, remember.