2018 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE TRACKHAWK
The ultimate sleeper
The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is perhaps one of the most ludicrous sport utility vehicles to ever roll out of a manufacturer’s facility. With a supercharged 6.2L Hemi putting out 707 hp and 645 lb-ft of torque through an incredibly robust all-wheel-drive system, it truly is a wolf in sheep’s clothing capable of a blistering 0-60 time of just 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 180 mph! Weighing in at more than 5,300 pounds, just how quick this behemoth feels is a little unnatural, but we can virtually guarantee it’ll plaster a big grin on your face and maybe even make you laugh like a little school girl — it’s that ridiculous when you put your foot into it for the first time.
Not only is this new Jeep an incredible all-around performer with an impressive ability to corner and stop on a dime despite its hefty weight, it’s luxurious too. Inside a fully optioned model you find more amenities than you’ll know what to do with — we’re talking heated and air-conditioned seats wrapped in Laguna leather, 19-speaker Harman/kardon sound system, Blu-ray DVD player with seatback-mounted displays to keep rear passengers entertained, and even a heated steering wheel.
We’re tempted to call the Trackhawk overpriced when a unit with all the bells and whistles edges north of 100 grand — it’s just a Jeep after all — but you get so much for your money it’s hard to say that it is. No other factory vehicle — with a warranty, mind you — that we know of, has the ability to tow 7,200 pounds and then lay down a 1.6 60-foot time once you unhook the trailer. Who’s to say that’s not practical?
Underneath the hood is the same engine you’ll find in the Hellcats from Dodge, the only real difference is the exhaust, which causes the Trackhawk to be down 5 lb-ft of torque compared to its 6.2L supercharged Hemi counterparts.