Although it may be better known for its off-road prowess, Jeep has laid down the challenge to performance cars of all sorts as it prepares to introduce its high-powered Grand Cherokee Trackhawk to the Australian market.
The Trackhawk holds the title of the brand's fastest, most powerful SUV ever, and even eclipses the output of Lamborghini’s so-called super SUV, the Urus.
Not only that, but Jeep has confirmed that the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will roll into local showrooms from February 2018, with a far more hip pocket-friendly (relatively speaking) $134,900 plus on-road costs starting price.
“The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk not only sets new standards in the Australian SUV market, but the overall performance car market,” FCA Australia President Steve Zanlunghi said.
“In terms of value for money in the performance segment, it will be difficult to find anything else that comes close.”
The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will become the third most-powerful vehicle to be sold in Australia, with its 6.2-litre supercharged Hemi V8 producing 522kW and 868Nm of torque – only bettered by the V12 engines of the Ferrari 812 Superfast and Lamborghini Aventador S.
It packs enough punch to launch the monstrous SUV from 0-100km/h in just 3.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 289km/h.
Its performance has been matched by equally speedy customers, with Jeep confirming the initial allocation of 62 vehicles for Australia have already sold out.
More than just the engine, the Trackhawk is equipped with Brembo brakes, specially-tuned active suspension, 20-inch forged alloy wheels and a long list of standard features, from leather sports seats, a 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system with an 825W amplifier and an 8.4-inch colour touchscreen with sat nav, digital radio and smartphone mirroring.
It also comes fitted with a comprehensive suite of safety functions, such as adaptive cruise control, forward collision and lane departure warnings, blind spot monitor, semi-automated parking and seven airbags.
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Price and Specifications
Price: $134,900 (plus on-road costs)
Engine: 6.2-litre V8 supercharged petrol
Power: 522kW at 6000rpm
Torque: 868Nm at 4800rpm
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic, AWD
Fuel use: 16.8l/100km
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