If you think you know your Cherokees like the back of your hand, think again. The very moment you step up to the 2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, you see you’re in for a wild ride. Of the best kind.
Jeep have gone big with the design on that one and implemented several changes. Air now feeds into the air-to-oil intercoolers like a dream because the front fog lights are missing. The quad-tipped exhaust with its shiny finish in black chrome is enough to make your heart speed a beat. Combine that with the Trackhawk specific wheels on the wheel wells and you already know what to expect.
The leather-lined interior will make for a comfortable seat while you roam the roads. But what’s that sound, you may ask? Exactly. The blower of the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk only makes itself known at 2,000rpm with a low, throaty growl, which puts it apart from all other Hellcats.
The Trackhawk feels just like any Grand Cherokee around the city. But once you get on the freeway? Buckle up, as the 1.4 Gs of thrust push you back into your seat. Once you’re ready to ground yourself into reality, the 15.75-inch two-piece vented Brembo front rotors are grabbed by six-piston calipers help the brakes ground you.
Right now, you may be thinking that this is unlike any other Hellcat. You’re right.
There’s a lot going on under the hood of the Trackhawk. The engine might still look like the good ol’ 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 with the 707 hp we know from previous Hellcats. But underneath, you get the reduced valve overlap and new cam timing, as well as an exhaust manifold is new with high nickel content and cast iron parts. With more modifications in place to ensure the machine can handle the engine’s drive, here’s definitely more to the Trackhawk than meets the eye.
Make the Trackhawk work for you. It’s customizable to an impressive extent, with manufacturer modifications available for the transmission, suspension, and steering settings for Street, Sport, and Track modes. As an extra benefit, the Selec-Track all-wheel-drive system has five modes, Auto, Sport, Track, Tow, Snow, and Custom. Whatever terrain you’re on, the Trackhawk will carry you to the end.
Sure, we know the Trackhawk can fare quite well in a city setting. But once all the limits are off, what can it actually do?
Let’s just say that the magnificent thrust is strong enough to make you feel like your brain slides back in your head. Compared with that, the Track mode also keeps the Trackhawk as steady as a surgeon’s hand, even when taking a turn at 120 mph.
Starting at $86,995, the Trackhawk is one of the most expensive Hellcats out there. Optional extras, such as a panoramic sunroof, upgraded audio, satin aluminum wheels, etc. will make the price tag even heftier. Compared to its main competitors, the Porcshe Cayenne Turbo S and the BMW X5 M, the Trackhawk packs a bigger dollar but completely wins over with its power.
But if this review hasn’t convinced you that it’s worth it, then take it for a drive yourself. Slide into that leather seat, rev that smooth engine, feel the sheer force of the machine throbbing underneath your feet. Then you’ll know that this Hellcat is definitely going places. At a great speed.