Jeep Grand Cherokee Hellcat - 3.5-Second Sprint Time Revealed Photo:
Tony O'Kane | Aug, 31 2015 | 10 Comments

Jeep has reportedly let slip key performance details of the Grand Cherokee Hellcat/Trackhawk at its annual dealer event in Las Vegas - including its all-important standing-start sprint time: 0-96km/h in a blistering 3.5 seconds.

96km/h? That's 60mph in the ye olde units that Americans prefer, so you can safely add a few tenths of a second for the equivalent 0-100km/h time.

But even if you add over half a second (unlikely), it still means this American brute will be the fastest SUV on the planet. Faster than the BMW X5 M (4.2s 0-100km/h), faster than the Porsche Cayenne Turbo (4.5s 0-100km/h).

It's also just as fast as its sedan sister, the Dodge Charger Hellcat (below).

Both are equipped with the same 6.2 litre supercharged V8 and both churn out a collossal 527kW and 881Nm, but the Grand Cherokee's AWD helps it overcome its higher kerb weight and keep up with its lighter RWD stablemate.

How much for all this vehicular madness? We don't know, and a US sales debut isn't anticipated until some time in 2016.

What we do know is that unlike the LHD-only Dodge Charger Hellcat and Dodge Challenger Hellcat, the Grand Cherokee Hellcat actually stands some chance of finding its way to Australia. Watch this space.

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