The Greatest Sport Utility Vehicle Ever. Period.
We have known for more than a year that a Hellcat-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee was coming, but last week at the opening day of the 2017 New York Auto Show, the Trackhawk finally, officially met the world – and it was worth every second of the wait.
We knew that the Jeep Trackhawk would be awesome, but there were rumors that it would pack less power than the Hellcat cars in an effort to preserve the all-wheel drive components. These rumors insisted that during the development phases, the transfer case was being chewed up by the 707 horsepower Hemi, but any problems in that department must have been resolved – as the Hellcat Jeep packs the same 707 horsepower as the Hellcat cars.
707 horsepower makes the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk the most powerful SUV in the world.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk does have 5 fewer pound-feet of torque, but what little performance is lost due to the torque difference is made up for with the advanced, heavy duty all-wheel drive system. With the new Track mode, which sends 70% of the power to the rear wheels and 30% to the front, the Trackhawk will move out from a stop to 60 miles per hour in just 3.5 seconds – making it just as quick as a well driven Hellcat car, even though it weighs around a thousand pounds more than the Hellcat Challenger.
Part of the reason that the Trackhawk is so quick is that the blown SUV features the Torque Reserve system from the new Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, which allows the Hellcat-powered Jeep to launch at a higher boost level than the Hellcat cars, so this SUV leaves the line with far more torque than the cars and that is possible thanks to the advanced all-wheel drive system.
With a 0-60 time of just 3.5 seconds, which is likely easier to replicate with the Jeep than the Hellcat cars, the Trackhawk is the quickest SUV in the world.
In addition to getting up to 60 miles per hour in a hurry, the Hellcat-powered Trackhawk will blast through the quarter mile in just 11.6 seconds with a trap speed of 116 miles per hour. No other gasoline powered SUV in the world can challenge the Trackhawk on a drag strip, making it the quickest in the world in this metric as well as 0-60.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is quick, but it is also very fast, with a top speed of 180 miles per hour. In fact, that makes it the fastest production SUV in the world as well.
The closest competition for the supercharged Jeep is the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, which costs $161,600. The Porsche has a twin turbo V8 that delivers 570hp and 590lb-ft of torque to all four wheels, allowing it to hit 60 in 3.8 seconds en route to a top speed of 176 miles per hour. Information around the internet suggests that the Turbo S will run the quarter mile in the low 12-second range.
In addition to the monster Hemi making this Jeep the quickest, the fastest and the most powerful SUV in the world, the SRT team has equipped it with the biggest production braking package ever offered by the brand, with 15.75” Brembo rotors under 6-piston calipers helping this 5,000+ pound SUV get stopped from 60 miles per hour in just 114 feet. According to GM, the 2017 Camaro ZL1 stops from 60 in 107 feet, so this two and a half ton SUV will stop almost as well as the top of the line Camaro.
Oh, and on top of the Jeep Trackhawk being the quickest, the fastest and the most powerful SUV in the world with a high tech suspension system and a braking system which allows it to compete with Chevy’s best Camaro – it will tow 7,200lbs. This means that you could use this Jeep to tow your Hellcat Challenger to the drag strip, drop the trailer and – if your Hellcat Challenger is stock – you could turn times within a half second of your Mopar muscle car.
The Trackhawk is an amazing SUV on every front, proving to be the best in every single “sport” category, without compromising the “utility” aspect of the Grand Cherokee. It is truly the super-sport utility vehicle that we have all been hoping for, and when it arrives, FCA will have yet another in a long list of segment leading performance claims.
The only question left with the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the pricing. The current Grand Cherokee SRT with the 392 Hemi starts around $66,000. The Hellcat Challenger is... [Read More]
The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon made its grand debut tonight in New York City, ending the months of speculation on the quickest production road car in the world, the most powerful American production road car ever and the first production car with street legal tires to lift the front wheels off of the ground on a hard launch.
You read that right – the new Demon lifts the front wheels on a hard launch.
Over the course of the past few months, we have talked at length about the many unique features of the 2018 Challenger Demon, such as the weight reduction efforts, the intercooler chiller system, the after-run cooling system, the factory drag radial tires, the goodies in the Demon Crate, the specially tuned adaptive suspension setup, the TransBrake and the stronger drivetrain components. These bits and pieces all play a big role in helping the new Demon lift the tires on launch, but the heart of this effort is the supercharged Hemi engine.
The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is powered by a similar 6.2L Hemi as the Hellcat cars, except the Demon’s engine has a higher strength bottom end (crankshaft, connecting rods and pistons), stronger valve train components, an improved oiling system and a higher volume fuel system – along with a new, larger supercharger.
The Hellcat Challenger has a 2.4L supercharger which helps that 6.2L engine produce 707 horsepower and 650lb-ft of torque on premium gasoline. The Demon Challenger has a 2.7L supercharger, which when combined with the other unique features, delivers 808 horsepower and 717lb-ft of torque when running premium unleaded gasoline (91+). However, when you swap in the high performance PCM from the Demon Crate and add the High Octane gasoline button to run 100+ octane race gas, the output climbs to 840 horsepower and 770lb-ft of torque.
When you couple that 100-octane power with all of the other unique features, the 2018 Demon launches hard enough to rip the front wheels off of the ground, but more importantly, the high tech drivetrain makes this Challenger the quickest production road car in the world.
The Demon dashes from a stop to 60mph in just 2.3 seconds and when making the 0-60 run with rollout (which is preferred by automakers who don’t have cars which can launch well from a dig), the new Challenger gets to 60 in just 2.1 seconds. No production road car in the world can get from 0-60 in less time than the new Demon – not the Tesla P100D, not the Bugatti Chiron, not LaFerrari, not the Porsche 918.
Along the same lines, the 2018 Demon is the quickest car in the world when sprinting from 0-100, doing so in just 5.1 seconds and most importantly, the newest Challenger is the quickest production road car in the world when blasting down the quarter mile – doing so in 9.65 seconds at 140 miles per hour.
With a quarter mile record of 9.65 at 140mph, the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is officially the quickest production road car in the world – beating the record of the Bugatti Veyron which was set back in 2011.
Those record times mentioned above are with the race gas PCM and the skinny front tires, but even when running on premium gasoline with the 315s up front – the new Demon still ran a 9.90 with the front wheels off of the ground on launch.
With tonight’s debut of the new Challenger Demon, we learned just about everything that we have been wondering about over the past few months, but we didn’t learn the price of the car. We did learn that the Demon doesn’t come with a passenger seat, a rear seat or trunk trim, but each of those items can be added for $1 each when ordering the car. The Demon Crate, which comes with the skinny front wheels, the tools needed to change the tires at the track, a tool bag, the high performance PCM, a new air filter, the new switch panel and other trim items also costs just $1, so getting all of the optional items for the new Demon will only add $4 to the final price.
Finally, the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon will be limited, but it won’t be as limited as some people had feared. Dodge will build a total of 3,300 Demons for the 2018 model year only (there are no plans to offer it for 2019) with 3,000 in the US and 300 in Canada. Every dealership will be told how any units they will be getting in advance and to try to prevent dealers from ordering cars just to mark them up, every car has to have a customer’s name when ordering. This name goes on all of the vehicles... [Read More]