Jeep Grand Cherokee Hellcat: Coming Soon To A Gym Parking Lot Near You
High-performance SUVs are nothing new, the BMW X5 M and Porsche Cayenne Turbo S have been around for the better part of a decade now, and the Range Rover Sport SVR announced it's arrival last year, with an exhaust note so raucous it'd be at home on a supercar. But if you notice, those are all foreign products, and if there's one thing Americans won't stand for, it's being outdone in the ridiculousness department. Enter the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. Jeep has been producing an SRT version of the Grand Cherokee since 2006, but with Dodge now claiming exclusive rights to the SRT name, Jeep had to make a change. And since Jeep needed to rename their hot rod SUV, they figured it was a good opportunity to add a new engine to the lineup as well, an engine that would allow them to outdo the competition. Luckily, all they had to do was walk over to the Dodge building and ask nicely for a Hellcat motor. My sources tell me this is how most business at FCA is conducted. RELATED: Check Out Photos Of The Jeep Grand Cherokee
Jeep boss Mike Manley (awesome name), confirmed that a Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee would go on sale in July 2017, however no word on whether they'll offer free burgers and hot dogs to people who buy 'em on Independence Day. If I was in the market for a crazy fast SUV, I'd certainly wait to see what Jeep comes up with for the Trackhawk.
Although Manley did not confirm that it would get a fully uncorked variant of the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 found in the Hellcat Charger and Challenger, I wouldn't expect them to go through the trouble to build this thing and then not give it 707-horsepower. Like I said before, we Americans hate to be outdone, and at the moment the Bentley Bentayga holds the ridiculousness speed title.
Look for the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk to kick down Bentley's door in 2017, and forcibly take that title from their soft little hands.
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