2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk with 707hp Hellcat engine is an SUV on steroids

We are just a few days away from the New York Auto Show, and Jeep is all set to unveil one of the most anticipated SUVs of 2017 at the event. The long-rumored Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the world’s most powerful production SUV with 707 horsepower at its disposal. The Trackhawk doesn’t look much different from a standard Grand Cherokee, and you might even mistake it for the more powerful Grand Cherokee SRT. But, underneath the similar bodywork, the beast of an SUV borrows the 707 horsepower supercharged V8 from the Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcats making it capable of going from a standstill to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. The Trackhawk is said to have a top speed of 180 mph and can knock out a 1/4 mile in 11.6 seconds.

Jeep kept the Cherokee all-wheel drive and this is the first time that the 6.2-liter supercharged motor has been paired with an all-wheel-drive system, which has been strengthened to handle its 645 lb-ft of brute force torque. The Trackhawk comes equipped with a computer-controlled Bilstein adaptive suspension system and five performance modes (Normal, Sport, Track, Snow and Tow). It tweaks the ride stiffness, steering, 8-speed automatic transmission, AWD, limited-slip rear differential.

To stop the 5,363-pound beast with 707 horses under the hood, Jeep has given the Trackhawk some massive brakes. The front brakes are the biggest to ever grace a Jeep vehicle. The 15.75-inch vented rotors are clamped down on by six-piston Brembo calipers and the rears are 13.78-inch vented rotors with four-piston calipers. Jeep claims the setup can bring this SUV from 60-0 miles per hour in just 114 feet. There’s still no word on pricing as of yet, but we are guessing it should be in the $80,000-$85,000 bracket.

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