In a word – damn. Jeep has finally ripped the cover off the 2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. It borrows the V8 from the Dodge Hellcat series to earn the title of the most powerful SUV on the road. 707 horsepower equals a 0-60mph time of 3.5 seconds (Jeep’s number). Those taking it to the track will enjoy a quarter-mile in 11.6 seconds at 116 mph.
With no electronic governor, we will need a radar detector for the top speed of 180 mph. Once you reach 120+ on the highway, you’ll start to ease off. Especially considering my driving record. How many people do you know who have had an accident in an automatic car wash? Exactly. No reason to tempt fate with a Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee.
2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Engine
It’s the supercharged 6.2L Hemi V8 from the Dodge Hellcats, and for the most part, Jeep has left it alone. The only difference is the slight reduction in torque by 5 lb-ft to 645. If 707-hp wasn’t enough, the Trackhawk is rated to tow up to 7200 pounds. Thankfully, the Trackhawk isn’t just a track SUV. Jeep keeps the utility in SUV.
Trackhawk Goes Incognito
In a smart move, Jeep and Mopar keep the badging pretty limited. The side badge shows it’s supercharged and it does have the Trackhawk decals. That’s it. Past that, onlookers will have to know the beast they are gawking at. Quad exhaust outlets instead of two, Hellcat-specific yellow brake calipers and its exclusive 20-inch wheels.
Inside, the steering wheel gets a winged Trackhawk badge and the 200 mpg speedometer gives away the fact this isn’t your average SUV. Active noise cancellation from the previous SRT model makes its way into the Trackhawk.
Luxury details include Berber carpets, an 8.4-inch Uconnect display, stitched leather dashboard and door panel coverings. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard for those needing something other than the roar of a Hellcat Hemi.
Safety features are similar to the current Grand Cherokee line include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, parking sensors and forward collision warning. Considering the price is expected to be $80,000, damn right this should all be standard.
Trackhawk Dethrones Luxury SUVs
Apologies to the Porsche Cayenne, Bentley Bentayga and whatever the mad scientists at AMG Mercedes plant are working on. The 2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the most powerful on the road. When you compare it to that company, the $80K isn’t so bad. You can blow by each model and have plenty of cash left over for speeding tickets. Jeep was thinking of everything.