It can match a Tesla Model S Plaid in acceleration.
One of the fastest SUVs on the market is the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. It may lack the off-road prowess of its less powerful siblings, but it makes up for it with grunt. It does have a Hellcat engine under the hood, after all.
You wouldn’t call the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk weak, with 707 horsepower (527 kilowatts) and 645 pound-feet (875 Newton-meters) of torque. The SUV’s 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V8 can accelerate it to 60 mph (97 km/h) in around 3.5 seconds. The said, some people still think that number is a little too slow.
Mike Ferrand of Sinister Performance Club is one of them. His Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk has 1,300 horsepower (956 kilowatts) and 1,500 pound-feet (2,033 Newton-meters) of torque. Mike’s tuned Trackhawk is the fastest in Canada and the second fastest in the world thanks to the extra boost.
Mike claims that the engine is nitrous-ready, with an improved blower and a billet bearing plate. The Jeep also has 1,300 cc injectors and a ported top and bottom end. The pistons and rods, as well as the eight-speed automatic transmission, were strengthened. Finally, the axles were upgraded to cope with the significant power increase. Surprisingly, the engine’s internals are mostly unchanged. Even more surprising is the fact that it still employs a normal driveshaft.
The video from That Racing Channel shows it takes effort to wrestle the SUV in a straight line. It also shows the brutal launches this tuned Trackhawk is capable of even without nitrous activated. With it on, the 5,500 lb SUV scampers away from rest like a radio-controlled car.
In 2020, the Jeep ran a quarter-mile time of 9.55 seconds and hit 143 mph in the speed trap. For comparison, the world record is 9.48 seconds, thus Mike is close to breaking it. Not only that, but it can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in two seconds and is GPS certified. In other words, it’s only a few hundredths of a Tesla Model S Plaid away. That’s not bad for a vehicle with a fully equipped interior. If anything, the Trackhawk’s tweaking potential makes us sad to hear that there will be no second-generation model on the way.
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Source: That Racing Channel via Youtube