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First Look: The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is essentially a Hellcat in SUV form

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While Dodge's Challenger SRT Demon has soaked up most of the performance enthusiasm at this year's New York Auto Show-and rightfully so, it makes 840 horsepower and can complete a quarter-mile run in 9.65 seconds-there's another powerful debut from Fiat Chrysler that should not be slept on.

Sporting a supercharged V8 of its own, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk makes 707 horsepower and can hit 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, essentially making it the Hellcat we've always wanted it to be.

Jeep's signature seven-slot grille is narrower than other Grand Cherokees and flanked by bi-xenon headlights with a black gloss background and LED surrounds. The Trackhawk also rides an inch lower than the base Grand Cherokee and features distinct body-colored wheel flares, cladded side sills, a sculpted hood and black chrome quad exhaust tips.

Under the hood, the Trackhawk features essentially the same powerplant as the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, right down to the "HEMI" and Hellcat badging. The engine is fortified with a cast iron block and cooled by water jackets between the heat-treated aluminum-alloy cylinders.

Thanks to a standard launch control system and a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission and other improved driveline components, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk handles the 645 lb.-ft. of torque produced by its 6.2-liter engine.

Also, in addition to its lightning-fast 0-60 time, the fastest ever by an SUV, it can also complete a quarter mile in 11.6 seconds and has a top speed of 180 mph. On the flipside, the Trackhawk's big, yellow exposed Brembo front brakes can bring it to a complete stop from 60 mph in 114 feet.

In addition to tearing up the raceway, the Trackhawk's beefed-up engine is also capable of towing up to 7,200 pounds.

A dynamic dampening system allows drivers to adjust preferences for the all-wheel drive system, paddle shifters, transmission, suspension and electric steering.

The basic Auto mode, which acclimates itself to the current driving conditions and splits torque output, with 40 percent coming from the front wheels and the remaining 60 comes from the rear. Other offerings include a Sport mode, Track mode, Tow mode and Snow mode. Custom mode allows drivers to adjust vehicle dynamics manually.

Read more on New York Daily News.
 
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