Reports of a Hellcat-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk have been lingering around for a while. Today, however, the folks at Motor Authority have confirmed via sources within FCA that the model, which once codenamed Project 7, has been given the green light for production.
According to the report, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will be ready in time for the 2017 model year. Additionally, there are already mules out and about testing the drivetrain, so we should start seeing spy shots very soon.
The source goes on to confirm that the Trackhawk’s 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 will remain around the 707-horsepower output as the Hellcat-powered Charger and Challenger. The power will head out to all four wheels via a ZF eight-speed auto transmission. The jury is still out on whether FCA will need to electronically limit the torque of the mighty Hellcat, which is currently at 650 pound-feet, to prevent grenading the all-wheel-drive system.
All of this adds up to one bad-ass SUV that can exceed 200 mph and crest the 60 mph mark in less than three seconds. Just imagining a Jeep Grand Cherokee that could obliterate a Porsche Cayenne Turbo S in a straight line makes me grin. Sure, it’ll likely have its lunch handed to it in the corners, but it’ll always have that straight-line advantage.
With the release of the Grand Chrokee Trackhawk just around the corner, we should start hearing more reports soon. What’s more, I am sure spy shooters will be out hunting the aforementioned mules, trying to get an early look at this model. With that in mind, keep it locked here, and we’ll bring you all of the latest news on this 707-horse SUV.