Up until now, the Hellcat name plaque has been synonymous with the Dodge brand, which Jeep is part of, so it makes sense to extend this performance name to Jeep.
During the interview, Manley was quizzed as to whether the 6.2-litre supercharged Hellcat V8, which sits under the bonnet of the Dodge Challenger Hellcat, could be installed into the Grand Cherokee. The chief responded, “Not only can I put a Hellcat motor in a Grand Cherokee for you, but I'm going to bring that to market by the end of 2017.”
In the Dodge Challenger the 6.2-litre, V8 Hemi Hellcat pours out 527kW and 881Nm. Petrol heads have quickly done the maths and suggest that if this engine is fitted to a Grand Cherokee with its all-wheel-drive system, the Jeep will probable outrun the Dodge. Wild speculation puts the Jeep's 0-100km/h in the 3.8-second range, which will make it the world's fastest accelerating SUV.
In SA, although Dodge is depriving us from being able to buy the Challenger and Charger, Jeep likes having a prominent presence with a number of Grand Cherokee SRT8s hunting hot hatches on local roads.
With luck Jeep SA will also import a Hellcat version of its flagship SUV.