If the sound of a hairy-chested V8 doesn’t do it for you, it’s time to stop reading. But if the syncopatic beat of a supercharged 6.2-litre tickles you in a funny way, we have the machine for you.
It’s called the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. This is not to be confused with the Trailhawk – the first part of the name gives away its intent.
No, it won’t go off-road, or at least, not far off-road, but that’s not the point.
Here’s the deal
This is the most powerful V8 SUV ever made, and it’s now here in Australia.
With a supercharged 6.2-litre HEMI V8, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk makes a massive 522kW and an earth-shifting 868Nm.
Handling all that grunt is an eight-speed auto, sending it to all four wheels.
“The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk not only sets new standards in the Australian SUV market, but the overall performance car market,” said Jeep Australia President and CEO Steve Zanlunghi. “In terms of value for money in the performance segment, it will be difficult to find anything else that comes close.”
Sorry, you can’t have one – yet
The initial Australian launch allocation of 62 units have already been sold. But speak nicely to a dealer, and they’re willing to take orders for the next wave of cars to arrive.
How quick is it?
We’re glad you asked. With launch control activated, it will slingshot down the road, making the 0-100km/h run in just 3.7 seconds.
Keep the boot in and it will cover the standing quarter mile in 11.6 seconds (@ 186km/h), and carry on to a top speed of 289km/h.
With Brembo brakes, it will haul up from 100km/h-0 in 37m and around corners it hit 0.88g on the skid pan.
Is that all?
Well, if you want to know what makes it different, visually it’s been enhanced from the standard Grand Cherokee with far larger air dams (obviously to help with cooling), a bespoke bonnet with dual vents (again for cooling), aggressive flared wheel arches (for cooling – maybe), plus a gloss black rear valance and Trackhawk badging (not for cooling).
Inside, the focus is much more race-like with black and carbon-fibre and a new three-spoke flat bottom steering wheel with better paddle shifters.
Heated front and rear Nappa leather seats (plus cooled fronts) help comfort levels plus Uconnect 4 infotainment using an 8.4-inch touchscreen keeps techy people happy. Yes, it supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Then there’s the Performance Pages app, which displays lap times and instant readouts for power and torque – not a good idea to look at while thundering down the road.
Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation, Front and Rear Park Assist and Lane Departure Warning are all standard.
Sound good. How much?
Of course it sounds good. Anything this quick does.
But the cost is $134,900 in Australia – not bad, considering its performance potential. Imagine the look on the face of the C 63 owner who gets left behind by a cheaper SUV….