Put it like this: 707 hp behaves better when its sent to all four wheels.
Jeep, and we’re saying this in a good way, was a bit nuts when it decided to stuff the supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat V8 under the hood of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. All 707 hp of it. Why? Because why the hell not. If BMW sells a 567-hp X5 M and Porsche sells a 570 hp Cayenne Turbo S, then surely American has to be able to one-up those figures. And Jeep did just that with the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. It also managed to upstage another FCA vehicle, the new Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody in a drag race carried out by Hennessey Performance.
Upon take off, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk immediately leaps ahead and is able to maintain its lead. And in case you’re wondering, both vehicles are completely stock, which is something of a rarity down in Hennessey’s neck of the woods. Even the tires are stock. So what’s the Trackhawk’s secret sauce?
All-wheel drive, obviously. Sending all of that power to all four wheels makes a massive difference compared to rear-wheel-drive. That said, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is still one of the most ridiculous vehicles on sale today. Is it an off-road SUV? A muscle SUV? Does it really even matter? Sometimes the more ridiculous something is, the more we want it.