That isn't even close to the Trackhawk's top speed.
Drivers getting arrested for speeding in supercars on public roads is nothing new. But with the rise of high-performance SUVs like the Lamborghini Urus, it's now possible to hit supercar speeds in SUVs. Last weekend, a 51-year old man in New Hampshire wanted to see what his Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk could do when he put the pedal to the metal.
But instead of testing the SUV's performance prowess on a racetrack, he decided to go for a speed run on a public highway. Not a good idea. Luckily, the driver's need for speed didn't result in an accident or kill anyone, but it did attract the attention of the law.
According to a Facebook post by the New Hampshire Trooper's Association, 51-year-old Eric Joseph was pulled over by Sgt. Christopher Storm of the Special Enforcement Unit on Saturday, July 20 at 8:05 am after being clocked driving his 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk at 145 mph in a 65 mph zone – over twice the legal speed limit. Police soon caught up with Joseph and pulled him over. When asked why he was driving at such a high rate of speed, Joseph said he was in a hurry to get home to New Jersey. He was charged for Reckless Operation and will appear in the Portsmouth Circuit Court to answer to the charge on September 23, 2019.
Fortunately, Joseph didn't manage to unleash the Trackhawk's full potential. As one of the fastest SUVs in the world, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 Hellcat engine that sends 707 hp and 645 lb-ft to all four wheels. With this setup, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will sprint from 0-62 mph in just 3.5 seconds and hit a top speed of 180 mph. Judging from the photo provided the New Hampshire Trooper's Association, Joseph seems quite proud of his achievement.