Hear the Roar of the Jeep Grand Cherokee Hellcat
The supercharged Jeep arrives.
For Jeep and SRT enthusiasts, the recent confirmation of the Hellcat-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee was a long time coming. Rumors have swirled nearly from the debut of Challenger and Charger Hellcat that Jeep was going to shoehorn the 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine into its full-sized SUV, and now it appears this will be a reality. Still not convinced? Our spy photographers just captured a Jeep Grand Cherokee Hellcat on video, in all its supercharged glory.
On video, we hear the prototype in question before we actually see it. The distinctive supercharger scream cuts through, with the V-8 rumble coming in underneath the wail. As the Jeep comes into view, it stops quickly, and backs up so as to not reveal anything more on camera.
Here, we have the convergence of two distinctly different vehicles. On one side of the equation, we have the Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, packing a 707-hp whallop from the 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine. The other half is the venerable and beloved Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, which already scoots with a 6.4-liter V-8 engine, with 475 hp sent to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Smack these two cars together, and you get a version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT that might be called "Trackhawk". Underneath the hood, the Jeep gets a Hellcat heart transplant, with at least 707 hp -- and possibly even more. To put the power down, the Trackhawk will have beefier brakes, a specialized suspension, stickier rubber, and better aerodynamics than a regular Grand Cherokee. One big unknown is whether the Jeep will continue with all-wheel drive or if, like the Dodge Hellcats, it will rear-wheel-drive only.
Look for official details on the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk in the coming months.