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New York 2017: 707-hp Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is made to devour tarmac

New SUV rules the track thanks to Hellcat power By ,

The all-new 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk yesterday made its anticipated debut at the 2017 New York Auto Show. It will become the most powerful and quickest SUV ever made when it arrives in Jeep showrooms this fall.

Unlike the recently tested Trailhawk, it is much more suited to race tracks than muddy trails.

Sharing its supercharged 6.2L HEMI V8 engine with the Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcat models, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk delivers a monstrous 707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque, accelerating from 0-60 mi/h (97 km/h) in 3.5 seconds and completing the quarter-mile run in 11.6 seconds. Top speed is rated at 290 km/h

This is backed by an upgraded 8-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission and driveline components engineered to handle additional torque output. When it comes to braking, the new Brembo system—featuring the largest-ever front brakes on a Jeep vehicle—allows the Trackhawk to hit a full stop from 60 mi/h in just 35 metres.

Other performance highlights include:

  • Selec-Track system with five drive modes (Auto, Sport, Track, Tow, Snow) 
  • Bilstein adaptive suspension
  • Unique quad tip exhaust
  • Redesigned fascia that optimizes airflow and cooling
  • New standard 20” Titanium wheels
  • More than 70 safety and security features (including a Valet mode that limits power and restricts certain vehicle functions).

“Long recognized as the full-size SUV capability leader, Jeep Grand Cherokee is now the most powerful and quickest SUV as well, with the introduction of our new 707-horsepower Trackhawk,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “The new Grand Cherokee Trackhawk delivers astounding performance numbers, backed by renowned SRT engineering that combines world-class on-road driving dynamics with luxury, refinement and an array of innovative advanced technology.”