After numerous speculations, Jeep has officially confirmed a SRT Hellcat version of the Grand Cherokee is being planned.
After much speculation, Jeep has officially confirmed an SRT Hellcat version of the Grand Cherokee is being planned.
In an interview with Vvuzz, Jeep CEO Mike Manley announced the hardcore SUV is going to be introduced before the end of next year. It will likely be powered by the same supercharged 6.2-litre V8 HEMI engine from the Challenger and Charger Hellcats, which churns out a monstrous 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque.
Taking into account Chrysler trademarked the “Trackhawk” nameplate back in 2014, there is a chance the model in question will in fact use this designation. There's also the possibility it's only a codename, so the model could still use "Hellcat."
Some reports are indicating it’s going to be tricky to put 707 hp inside the SUV as the hardware might not be able to cope with all that power. For this reason, don’t be too surprised if the motor will be detuned to achieve the necessary reliability. Even if this happens, the new range-topping Grand Cherokee will still be a lot more powerful than the current 475-hp SRT model. This one sprints to 96 kilometers per hour (60 miles per hour) in 4.8 seconds and tops out at 257 km/h (160 mph), so the Hellcat/Trackhawk will be even quicker.
It’s too early to talk about the price tag, but obviously it will command a serious premium over the regular Grand Cherokee SRT which kicks off at $71,695 CAD.
Note: 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Night pictured.