• Just how fast is the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk 0 to 60 MPH? [Video]


    The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk at the Club Motorsports Race Track.

    The Jeep You Want to Drag Race

    The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s 0 to 60 MPH numbers had to be repeatable for the media. Not long ago, both the Hellcat and new Demon were tested by the automotive press and one thing both vehicles had in common – neither was easy to launch. That meant these vehicles had a difficult time consistently repeating their track numbers. Further: those numbers were extremely hard to reproduce without using a sticky 1/4-mile dragstrip.

    That’s not the case with the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

    The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk prototype. [photo: TFLcar]
    The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk has a supercharged 707 hp 6.2-liter Hemi V8 that makes 645 lb-ft of torque. It has a fortified AWD system with four modes, hooked up to an augmented eight-speed automatic transmission. According to FCA, this makes the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk capable of a quarter-mile time of 11.6 seconds. It also has large Brembo (six-piston front) brakes that are capable of hauling the (over) 5,500-lbs Jeep down from 60 to 0 mph in 114-feet.

    It can tow up to 7,200 lbs.

    One important note: we tested the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk at Club Motorsports racetrack, about an hour out of Portland. This is a remarkable facility and a brand-new track. Still, I feel it was not the right track to let the Trackhawk stretch its legs. Club Motorsports is more of a finesse track with several turns and a massive amount of elevation changes. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk needs a power track with long straightaways and a bunch of sweeping turns to fully display its potential.

    In this video, Roman and Nathan challenge each other to try and get the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk from 0 to 60 MPH coming as close as they can to the manufacturer’s claimed 3.5-seconds. Keep in mind: they did it on a hot day with the extra weight of a FCA driving specialists sitting right seat. Despite this, they were able to generate excellent times.

     


    Nathan Adlen
    Nathan Adlen
    Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.

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