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The Trackhawk is the Hellcat-powered Jeep of your dreams (or nightmares)

12 April 2017

Emerging days ahead of its expected debut at the NY motor show next week, the wildest Grand Cherokee ever has always been known to be powered by the same supercharged 6.2-litre V8 that powers Dodge's Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcat muscle cars.

Remember the photos from Friday of a Jeep Hellcat that didn't look much different from the high-performance Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT that already exists? The speedy SUV is said to have a top speed of 180 miles per hour and can knock out a 1/4 mile in 11.6 seconds.

Hold on to your hats, because Jeep has revealed what it claims will be the world's quickest and most powerful production SUV: the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. The engine is mated to an upgraded, high-torque friendly eight-speed automatic transmission. It offers both Sport and Track driving modes, which reduce shift times by 50 percent and 68 percent, respectively, and adjust the suspension and steering to more aggressive settings. Next week, everyone will get an opportunity to see the Trackhawk at New York Motor Show before it arrives in showrooms at the end of the year. All in all, this auto is listed as the most powerful SUV, among Porsche Cayenne, Bentley Bentayga, and Mercedes-Benz's G-class. The rears match the SRT8 and Hellcat cars at 13.78 inches with yellow four-piston calipers. The rear suspension is a multi-link design with coil spring, Bilstein ADS, aluminium lower control arm, independent upper links (tension and camber), plus a separate toe link, and a hollow stabiliser bar.

Driving modes in the Grand Cherokee include normal, Sport, Track, Snow and Tow.

While its horsepower stats are an anomaly in the SUV segment, the Trackhawk is not alone in offering surprising performance.

At the back, the angry Cherokee features a gloss black rear valence that showcases its four-inch "black chrome" quad exhaust tips.

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The standard auto gets a Nappa leather interior, while a Signature leather pack is also available which features "Trackhawk" embossed into the seat.

Inside the cabin, there's black chrome and carbon fibre highlights, Nappa leather and suede trim on heated seats for all passengers while cooling is also added to the fronts, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and an 8.4-inch infotainment screen with performance apps and smartphone mirroring.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is a vehicle aimed at people who want two things: a practical, high-riding SUV and to be faster than 99% of the world's auto owners.

In addition to its formidable horsepower, the Trackhawk also boasts 645 pound-feet of torque.

"Supercharged" badges on the front doors and a rear "Trackhawk" round out the exterior changes.

The Trackhawk is the Hellcat-powered Jeep of your dreams (or nightmares)