McLaren 600LT Ain’t No Match For Hennessey’s 1,012 HP Trackhawk – Or Is It?

A decade or so ago, the idea of a factory-built, 707 horsepower Jeep Grand Cherokee would have seemed impossible; at that time, the Grand Cherokee SRT8 came with 420 hp and was considered a monster of a SUV.

Now, however, the Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is all too real, and tuning companies like Hennessey Performance have managed to make it even more ridiculously powerful.

The Texas tuner’s HPE1000 upgrade that features a 4.5L supercharger among many other tweaks brings the 6.2-liter Hemi V8 engine to 1,012 hp at 6,500 rpm and 969 lb-ft (1,312 Nm) of torque at 4,200 rpm.

Also watch: Can The McLaren 600LT Beat The Mighty 720S In A Straight Line?

As you can imagine, there are very few vehicles that can beat the Trackhawk HPE1000 in a straight line. Hennessey claims the super SUV does 0-60 mph (96 km/h) in 2.7 seconds and covers the quarter-mile in 10.7 seconds at 132 mph (212 km/h).

You seriously don’t think that a bone-stock 592-hp McLaren 600LT has what it takes to upset the 1,012-hp Jeep in a drag race, do you?

Actually, on paper, the two unlikely rivals seem evenly matched since the McLaren does 0 to 60 in 2.8 seconds and the quarter-mile in 10.4 seconds. True, it’s way down on power, but it’s also much lighter.

The video features three runs with three rather different outcomes. The first one is the most shocking as the rear-wheel-drive supercar doesn’t use its launch control and gets obliterated by the all-wheel-drive SUV. With the McLaren 600LT’s launch control engaged, though, all bets are off.


  • Craig

    Incredible. I’ll take the Jeep thanks. I would want to scare more than one [other] person at a time!

  • Bash

    I’m this close of replacing my Charger SRT with the the track-hawk.

    • Jay

      It is more practical.

      • Bash

        Yep, I mean so far it’s more than good, but my two kids are growing and we can use more space. U know.

        • Craig

          A perfectly logical decision. In fact – do you really have any choice?! [how am I doing?]

          • Bash

            Exactly I really don’t have many choices. To me, it would be either the track-hawk or -believe it or not- the Tahoe RST! And tbh I don’t like that one at all.

          • Craig

            I’m fond of the Durango SRT. What do you think about that? Zero to 60 in 4.4 seconds. Sounds pretty good to me!

          • Bash

            Oh yeah, I totally forgot about it. I can totally see my self in this one. Now what would be a better one the Durango or the GC? And I’m not in need at all for the third row seats.


          • Craig

            If you are OK with the idea of having ‘only’ 475 hp and not 707 you could buy the regular SRT Grand Cherokee and save THOUSANDS over buying the Trackhawk version. [$20,000 less] That said.. I think the Durango is better looking [a little bit anyway] but like you I don’t need a third row seat. I hardly need any passenger seats! lol

          • Bash

            That’s is so true, I love the Durango looks, that for sure, but to be frank, it’s center console and design of the upper part of the dash does it appeal to me much. Hence the GC overall interior design wins here. I won’t be using the third row for sure so I have no issues with the GC seating capacity, but the 475 hp is sorta carried over from what I actually already have in my car right now. So that’s the tricky part of the decision. What I’m planning to is to pay a sum or equivalent to 50% in cash and finance the rest for a period of two years max. That’s what I do usually. So maybe maybe the track hawk would be the first ever SUV to sit in my driveway but I’ll not be buying it before another 14 months. So I still have plenty of time to think it through; fingers crossed if FCA will come up with something even more interesting by then.

          • Craig

            For a first ever SUV – the Trackhawk would be incredibly impressive! What a fun thing to dream about. It will interesting to see what you end up buying. 14 months from now you say? Maybe you’ll buy a new Imperial! lol

          • Bash


    • Michael Harris

      Good luck cougjing up $90k plus. Even a mildly loaed SRT JGC is nearly $70k

      • Bash

        I know.

  • TheToadPrince..~~ToadSquad

    u gotta give the jeep its respect….its like a 2000 lb more then the mclaren.

    • Mr. EP9

      With nearly twice as much horsepower and AWD.

  • TheToadPrince..~~ToadSquad

    i work for fca…the 6.2 supercharge are more bullet proof the chevys 6.2 supcharge. the 6.4s are also bullet proof ive never seen a 6.4 come ij for engine probkems.

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