Considering the first civilian model of Jeep ever available in Canada, the CJ2A, offered only about 38 engine horsepower, the latest power output from a vehicle in the brand more than 60 years later is, well, spectacular. Fiat Chrysler America (FCA) has crammed an unbelievable 707 horsepower into the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, which made its Canadian debut at the Edmonton Motorshow in April.
The Grand Cherokee has been around for a while and isn’t new, but the Trackhawk version of it is. And with that much muscle under the hood, it goes to the head of the class in the full-size SUV category.
With a supercharged 6.2-litre V-8 engine under the hood mated to an eight-speed TorqueFlite transmission, the Trackhawk boasts 3.5 second 0 to 60 m.p.h. acceleration — in an SUV! Top speed — are you ready for this — is 290 km/h. That sound you hear is car guys’ heads exploding.
Short of shipping a Trackhawk over to Germany and merging it onto the Autobahn or taking a lap on the Nürburgring, most Canadians will never get to peg a Trackhawk speedometer.
“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,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand, FCA Global, in a press release.
What else does it get? For starters, how about a five drive-mode Selec-Track system and Bilstein adaptive-damping suspension. Add a new Uconnect 8.4-inch standard touchscreen that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to the package too.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawks will be arriving on dealers’ lots in the fourth quarter of 2017.