The Jeep Trackhawk Is Actually A BARGAIN For $100,000
Dodge’s 707 horsepower Hellcat Charger and Challenger have become synonymous with the ...
Dodge’s 707 horsepower Hellcat Charger and Challenger have become synonymous with the brand’s recent shift toward performance. Of course, there’s the Demon, the 840 horsepower quarter mile screamer that lifts the front tires when there’s enough traction available, but Dodge only built 3,300 of those, all of which were spoken for almost immediately. So for the rest of us, we have to “settle” for the Hellcats or their all-wheel drive family-hauling cousin, the Trackhawk.
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Jeep decided they could not let Dodge have all the high horsepower fun, so they sent a request for a few of the Hellcat’s 6.2 liter supercharged HEMI powerplants and crammed them under the hood of a Grand Cherokee. They bolted everything up, including the all wheel drive system, and unleashed the Trackhawk upon the world.
For those of us with kids, this is quite literally the perfect ride, and even for those of you without kids, like Vehicle Virgins channel founder Parker, the Trackhawk is a pretty stellar ride. Keeping things in perspective here, you have a 5,400 pound SUV with over 700 horsepower and a 70/30 rear/front AWD system. Just think about that when you stomp on the throttle of your non-supercharged HEMI-powered SUV next time you’re trying to merge or pass on a 2-lane road. Or if you’re trying to run 11’s in the quarter mile.
Parker, who’s proven pretty hard to please at times in the past, only has one real gripe with the Trackhawk and that’s the placement, size and feel of the paddle shifters. Certainly an issue that Jeep could work on, but when you’re talking about one of the quickest SUV’s ever produced – the Tesla Model X actually did outrun the Trackhawk in the quarter – that’s a pretty minor detail, especially considering the ‘Hawk costs less than $100,000.
Thanks as always to Parker for the review and we can’t wait to see what he has to share next on his channel!