Hennessey sets up another high-performance showdown.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is one of the most insane performance SUVs on the planet, thanks to its Hellcat-sourced HEMI that makes 707 horsepower and a wonderful supercharged whine. However, it's also a heavy car thanks to its all-wheel-drive system and bulky body, so how would it compare against the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8?
The guys at Hennessey Performance decided to find out and used their almost-stock shop C8 to test against their newly-acquired and bone-stock Trackhawk. The C8 is only mildly modified with Hennessey's stainless-steel exhaust upgrade that adds no more than 21 horses, bringing the Vette to around 510 hp.
Despite the Corvette's rear tires taking on the all-wheel-drive of the more powerful Trackhawk, both cars launch brilliantly, with no obvious wheelspin from either car. However, this means that the Jeep has no chance of keeping up with the lighter C8. Sure, it sticks with it for a couple of gears, but the weight difference is just too great and the Corvette makes light work of the race by the time the finish line arrives. This will be one of very few losses for this particular Trackhawk, as Hennessey is now beginning development on the super SUV with the goal of breaking 1,000 hp.
In these times of ultra-high-horsepower monsters, it can be easy to dismiss the stock Trackhawk's abilities, but the fact that it gives the Vette - a proper supercar - a run for its money is no small feat. This is still a family car with loads of space, comfortable seating for five, and a big cargo area. Still, we look forward to seeing what comes of Hennessey's tuning of the crowd favorite. The company is clearly very busy, as there are various tuning kits available for the Corvette already, and more interestingly, Hennessey's Bugatti rival, the F5, is on its way. We can't wait.