Editor: Jason “The Bok” – Date – 24 Apr 2020
What happens when you take a conventional family SUV and add a 6.2-litre HEMI V8 motor? What happens is the birth of something as unique as it is mental, the birth of the world’s most powerful production SUV. The birth of the latest-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.
- 2-Litre Hemispherical V8 Motor
- 523 kW ; 875 Nm
- 707 BHP
- 0 – 100 km/h 3.7 Seconds (Claimed)
- 290 km/h Top Speed
- 2 Million Rand
- Simply Superb!
A Game of Numbers
Immediately distinguishable with the unmissable face that is a Grand Cherokee, a vehicle which has proven its popularity over several years, the Trackhawk appears to be rather “normal” from the outside. You could definitely call this somewhat of a “sleeper,” because it is anything but ordinary.
The Trackhawk, in fact, is all about numbers. 0 – 100 km/h claimed in well under 4.0 seconds. A simply staggering 707 BHP delivered through its simply enormous, thirsty and magnificent 6.2-litre HEMI V8 motor.
With 523 kW of power and 875 Nm of torque, a top speed of 290 km/h is achievable, and all in the lap of comfort and luxury. The Jeep is, therefore, then simply a phenomenon. It is a family-sized SUV which can blitz past modern-day supercars.
With a large luggage loading area, space for five adults in complete comfort, rear-seat DVD monitors with HDMI, USB, Disc and every other imaginable media source port. Surround sound speakers, as well as seats which are heated/cooled and electronically adjustable, the Grand Cherokee really encompasses all in terms of creature comforts.
It’s large and certainly imposing in a very American style manner. It’s a shape we have come to know and love, however, different to that of its European counterparts. Though its packs all the space, luxury and comfort you could ever need, it is possible to find a few drawbacks to all the power-hungry madness.
It’s fantastic being able to thrash a Porsche 911 at the lights. It is fantastic to make dust out of any other production SUV on the planet in terms of power, but it is perhaps not quite as fantastic when it coming to refuelling time. With a fuel economy combined figure which always sits above 15-litres/100 km and can easily get into the 20’s range, the Trackhawk certainly likes to drink, no make that gulp fuel!
This is still a price I would be willing to pay if you want a vehicle which is simply mind-blowing. It puts a massive smile on your face and will shock your passengers, yourself and any other daring driver wanting to take it on absolutely every time. With the biggest ever set of Brembo brakes fitted to any production Jeep, it can also stop brutally quickly, especially impressive when you consider its vast size and weight.
It’s mad, its bonkers, its somewhat ordinary, practical and it’s exceptional. It is like nothing else which I have ever driven and for this reason if no other, I absolutely love it! Priced from around R2.2-million in South Africa it’s not exactly cheap, but then what price can you put on the joy in which it creates.