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.
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.