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    • The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk gets tested and... it's slow

      Something is off here. Ok, first of all, Car and Driver's test result for the new Hellcat supercharged 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is not slow per se but it is much slower than expected. A 12.0 @ 115 in the 1/4 mile?


      Sure that puts it ahead of almost every other SUV out there short of the 2017 Bentley Bentayga but how in the world is a heavier Bentley with less power running a faster 12.0 @ 117 1/4 mile time?

      A Challenger and Charger Hellcat will hit 126 miles per hour in the 1/4 mile. The boats weigh 4500+ pounds. The Cherokee Trackhawk comes in at roughly 700 pounds more with the tested 5258 pound curb weight.

      The Trackhawk should be trapping ~120 miles per hour not 115. A 567 horsepower BMW F85 X5M runs 12.2 @ 114. Even Mopar themselves said it would do high 11's at 116 and that should be conservative. What is going on here?

      Maybe this is a fluke? Maybe something was wrong with the Trackhawk? Where is the 707 horsepower? This SUV should be annihilating everything else on the market especially the Bentayga and X5M.

      Disappointing to say the least.


      Specifications

      VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback

      PRICE AS TESTED: $90,880 (base price: $86,995)

      ENGINE TYPE: supercharged and intercooled pushrod 16-valve V-8, iron block and aluminum heads, port fuel injection

      DISPLACEMENT: 376 cu in, 6166 cc
      POWER: 707 hp @ 6000 rpm
      TORQUE: 645 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm

      TRANSMISSION: 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

      DIMENSIONS:
      WHEELBASE: 114.7 in
      LENGTH: 189.8 in
      WIDTH: 76.5 in HEIGHT: 67.9 in
      PASSENGER VOLUME: 106 cu ft
      CARGO VOLUME: 36 cu ft
      CURB WEIGHT: 5258 lb

      C/D TEST RESULTS:
      Zero to 60 mph: 3.5 sec
      Zero to 100 mph: 8.8 sec
      Zero to 150 mph: 24.4 sec
      Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 3.8 sec
      Standing -mile: 12.0 sec @ 115 mph
      Top speed (drag limited, mfr's claim): 180 mph
      Braking, 70-0 mph: 168 ft
      Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.89 g

      C/D FUEL ECONOMY:
      75-mph highway driving: 17 mpg
      Highway range: 418 miles

      EPA FUEL ECONOMY:
      Combined/city/hwy: 13/11/17 mpg

      This article was originally published in forum thread: The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk gets tested and... it's slow started by Sticky View original post
      Comments 15 Comments
      1. Stevenh's Avatar
        Stevenh -
        I would have guessed torque limiter down low to save the transmission, but 0-60 looks like it's where it should be for a solid launch.
      1. subaru335i's Avatar
        subaru335i -
        $90k is real close to X5M territory. I would take the BMW SUV with its twin turbos over this.
        Not to mention I wouldn't pay any money to drive pretty much any FCA product except maybe a Wrangler, Viper, or Ferrari.
      1. leveraged sellout's Avatar
        leveraged sellout -
        I can't imagine not buying the BMW over this, it's nicer inside, handles better, is about as fast (and easily made much faster), and looks a bit nicer too. For a bit more money. Easy choice.

        I think part of it is that the BMW and Bentley are under-rated by quite a bit, but also that this car might've had some issues...that trap speed is very, very suspect.
      1. Blown6's Avatar
        Blown6 -
        Make mine a 2018 X5M with a TT V8
      1. Sticky2's Avatar
        Sticky2 -
        Honestly I'm with you guys X5M over this for sure.
      1. Stevenh's Avatar
        Stevenh -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky2 Click here to enlarge
        Honestly I'm with you guys X5M over this for sure.
        I need to see some more times (not that its why you buy an SUV), but this thing is a dud if its not trapping mid 120's and running damn near a 10.
      1. Zombie1's Avatar
        Zombie1 -
        Looks like it hit a brick wall after 100mph.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        We need to see someone get it on the strip.

        With a tune/pulley you would figure this thing would be running 10's and not struggling to get into the 11's.
      1. SpeedLimit?'s Avatar
        SpeedLimit? -
        Just get a wkii with a bolt on turbo kit and you're running low 11s, high 10s on e85 for a lot less if drag times in a truck is what you're obsessed with.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by SpeedLimit? Click here to enlarge
        Just get a wkii with a bolt on turbo kit and you're running low 11s, high 10s on e85 for a lot less if drag times in a truck is what you're obsessed with.
        True but there is something to be said for having the SUV performance king off the floor.
      1. AMGAffalterbach's Avatar
        AMGAffalterbach -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by subaru335i Click here to enlarge
        $90k is real close to X5M territory. I would take the BMW SUV with its twin turbos over this.
        Not to mention I wouldn't pay any money to drive pretty much any FCA product except maybe a Wrangler, Viper, or Ferrari.
        FCA doesn't own part of Ferrari anymore, not since sometime in 2015. Exor NV / Piero Ferrari are the main shareholders Click here to enlarge
      1. subaru335i's Avatar
        subaru335i -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by AMGAffalterbach Click here to enlarge
        FCA doesn't own part of Ferrari anymore, not since sometime in 2015. Exor NV / Piero Ferrari are the main shareholders Click here to enlarge
        Ahh good to know. THey also don't make the Viper anymore so I guess the only FCA product I would own that they currently produce is a Wrangler...
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by subaru335i Click here to enlarge
        Ahh good to know. THey also don't make the Viper anymore so I guess the only FCA product I would own that they currently produce is a Wrangler...
        They would make the Viper if it sold. It's just a shame people say they want a real driver's car and then they don't buy it.

        Enthusiasts have gotten soft.
      1. subaru335i's Avatar
        subaru335i -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        They would make the Viper if it sold. It's just a shame people say they want a real driver's car and then they don't buy it.

        Enthusiasts have gotten soft.
        Yeah true. Part of the problem was the pricing at first, then when they lowered the price the car was a few years old, no hype, and it was too late to make it hot.
        If they had released it to compete better with the Vette I bet it would have sold and they would have kept producing it.
      1. Aces's Avatar
        Aces -
        Wrong key?