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Monstrous Hellcat powered Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk unveiled


In preparation for this week's New York Auto Show, Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has wiped the covers off the most powerful version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee due to go on sale during the fourth quarter.

Displacing the SRT as the new flagship model of the current WK2 generation range, the aptly named Trackhawk swaps the normally aspirated 6.4-litre Hemi V8 for the same 527 kW 6.2-litre supercharged Hemi V8 as the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Connected to a significantly updated version of the standard issue eight-speed TorqueFlight automatic gearbox, the Trackhawk will race from 0-60 mph (96 km/h) in a supercar rivalling 3.5 seconds, and on a top speed of 289 km/h.

Aside from its new heart, the Trackhawk also benefits from an electronic limited slip diff, Brembo brake callipers with six-pistons at the front and four at the rear, cast or forged aluminium 20-inch wheels, black quad exhausts, a Track mode and a rather curiously named Valet mode that locks out first gear and the steering mounted shift-paddles, limits power, deactivates the launch control and permanently puts the Electronic Stability Control on.

Differing only from the SRT externally by virtue of a slightly redesigned front bumper, Supercharged badges on the front doors and a Trackhawk emblem on the tailgate, the interior gets real metal inserts, Nappa leather with suede seats and an optional all-leather finish dubbed Signature Leather.

Pricing is projected to start at around $85 000 in the United States, although it remains to be seen whether the local arm of the FCA would deem it suitable for release next year.

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