2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Is One Hell Of A Cat, Does 0-60mph In 3.5s

Here’s what we believe to be our first look at the Hellcat-powered 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. The sole image of what is to become the world’s most powerful production SUV appeared on Wheelsage today, prior to its debut at next week’s New York auto show.

That said, we don’t have all the answers you might be looking for, but we did find out that the Trackhawk will get the same 707hp treatment from the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 as the Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcats, despite some previous reports claiming that output might be lowered to accommodate the SUV’s all-wheel drive.

In other words, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will be a beast, not only compared to the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT that draws its mojo from a naturally-aspirated 6.4-liter Hemi V8 rated for 475hp and 470 lb-ft (637Nm) of peak torque, but basically, most of the cars you’ll ever meet on the road.

Just how fast is the Trackhawk? A source told us it will hit 60mph (96km/h) in a blistering 3.5 seconds and the quarter mile in the mid-11 second range, making the Grand Cherokee SRT sound slow – it’s anything but at 4.8 seconds for the 0-60mph with a 1/4 mile run in mid-13seconds.

To put those numbers in perspective, the Challenger Hellcat reaches 60mph in 3.6 seconds and the Charger Hellcat in 3.4 seconds, while Chevy’s new 650hp 2017 Camaro ZL1, in 3.5 seconds with a quarter mile time of 11.4 seconds.

Remember gents, we’re talking about an otherwise, regular mid-size SUV that can out-accelerate -at the very least until 60mph- purebred sports cars like the 500hp Porsche 911 R (3.7sec), all while hauling your family, their luggage as well as a trailer!

Jeep plans to keep both the Trackhawk and the Grand Cherokee SRT, as the brand’s boss revealed to Detroit News at last year’s LA auto show.

“I don’t see any reason to stop our current Grand Cherokee SRT just because we’ve launched the Trackhawk, because they’re going to be very different vehicles,” said Manley. “With Grand Cherokee, we have built up for a long time, that concept of capability at the two bookends — one: capability off-road, two: capability in terms of on-road performance.”

You may have noticed that we haven’t said anything about the Trackhawk’s appearance in this first image. That’s because the visible differences over the SRT model are limited to the removal of the front-fog lights and the addition of chrome trim on the vent surrounds, the “Supercharged” lettering under the Grand Cherokee door logo, and black rims with yellow brake calipers. We can’t see if there’s anything different at the back, but it looks like Jeep took a conservative approach, given all that power under the hood.

In the same interview last year, Manley revealed that the new 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will reach US showrooms in “September or October”, followed by select international markets in Asia and the Middle East.

You can keep track on any updates regarding the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk as well as all other vehicles heading to the New York Auto Show over at our guide.

Thanks to Nico for the tip!

Post has been updated with new information

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  • Six_Tymes

    its too heavy. cant they reduce weight on this???

    • Matt

      Without re-designing the entire platform, the only way to reduce weight is to make all the body panels CF (too expensive) or strip the interior (not feasible for an SUV).

      So short answer, no.

      • eb110americana

        Good point. Also, the non-Hellcat SRT is rated to tow 7,200 lbs., which is part of the Grand Cherokee feature set. You could give that up and make it into a crossover as Jeep has done with its other models, but then it wouldn’t really be the same thing. It weighs between the 4,800 Lb. Cayenne Turbo and the 5,200+ Lb. GLE 63, at 5,100 lbs., which seems pretty reasonable considering it costs about half of what those vehicles do.

    • Tomaz Hilton

      According to people in the know, this will be the 2nd Fastest SRT Vehicle……. only 2nd to the Dodge Challenger Demon.

  • Craig

    What I love about the Trackhawk is that very few people would ever imagine that it is that powerful. And that capable. [Of getting up to speed] Exactly what I love in a ‘car’.

  • Benjamin B.

    How are both the SUV and sedan faster than the coupe???

    • donald seymour

      Simple my friend, aerodynamics. Well, that is according to Dodge. The coupe has a huge drag rate. I own a less powerful one myself and you can really feel the drag without the power.

      • Belthronding Tinuviel

        is that v8 in your picture?

        • donald seymour

          I so wish it was. No, it’s a 6, but I’m thankful for it. It has just 300 hp and at highway speeds it drives like a charm. But it does feels like a brick being toss in the air at high speed.

          • Belthronding Tinuviel

            i like it man.

  • BobV12

    Will it be available in Europe ?

  • psiqtas

    Who the heck was behind that ridiculous idea of yellow brake calipers!? SRT Jeeps are available in limited paint options like white, silver, grey, black, red…do they fit those calipers?!

    • Matt

      What’s wrong with yellow calipers? If it’s good enough for Ferrari and Porsche…

  • SteersUright

    AWD and 700hp+ should result in better than 3.5sec 0-60mph. This must be heavily computer restricted to preserve the obviously too weak AWD drivetrain. Beef it up, and lets see some reliable sub-3 second 0-60 stats. That would’ve been impressive.

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