2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Review

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Review - We did drive the optimum Jeep on public roads, but this Grand Cherokee has "track" right there in its name, so we additionally struck Club Motorsports, a New Hampshire club circuit so brand-new that crews were still setting up Armco the week before we turned up. It's a 2.5-mile StairMaster that works its way backwards and forwards 250 feet of elevation adjustment at a maximum 14 percent grade. Maintaining his brand-new Trackhawks from bending that fresh Armco is something Heuschele cares deeply about.

The topography, on the other hand ... no one's as well worried about that. Few things squash hills rather like 707 horsepower. Outrageous as it may be, the Hellcat engine a minimum of ought to know by now. Down 251 cubic centimeters compared to Mopar's naturally aspirated SRT engine, it's a 6.2-liter V-8 topped with a 2.4-liter IHI supercharger that packs the Hellcat's 8 cyndrical tubes with 11.6 psi of boost to generate such jaw-dropping outcome. In the Trackhawk, it makes its full complement of horse power yet sheds 5 lb-ft of torque compared with the automobile applications-- to 645-- due to a more restrictive exhaust system.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Review

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Review

Caught up in a sledgehammer battle against the supercharged V-8, engineers used the very same blunt-force attitude to the rest of the powertrain: There's a beefier transmission and a stouter transfer case, as well as the rear driveshaft, half-shafts, CV joints, and differential are enhanced. The front axle is the same from the normal SRT Jeep. That transmission is still a ZF-supplied eight-speed automated, now christened 8HP95 and also formally ranked to take care of up to 811 lb-ft. The transfer situation courses torque onward with a larger chain than in the naturally aspirated SRT, with forged-steel gears as opposed to powdered-metal ones. Tube-wall density is up on the rear driveshaft, while the differential housing gains a place, going from 3 to 4. Inside, the diff itself goes from two crawler gears to 4, with changed tooth geometry for greater stamina. The Hellcat engine alone exceeds its normally aspirated bro by 108 extra pounds, and also the bigger-hammer spec increases the Trackhawk an extra 105 extra pounds overall above the Grand Cherokee SRT, according to Jeep.

Like the Opposition SRT Satanic force, the Trackhawk gets a Torque Reserve function to aid launching. With launch control triggered, this system reduces fuel to individual cylinders while the Jeep is brake-torqued, enabling the engine to rev greater and the supercharger to build even more boost. With the feature engaged, the blower produces 6.4 psi while sitting at the line. Just what the Trackhawk doesn't obtain is any more tire compared to the Grand Cherokee SRT. Lift your foot off the brake as well as the Trackhawk will screech all four 295/45ZR -20 Pirellis (either all-season Scorpion Verdes or extra aggressive P Zeros) on its way to what Jeep insurance claims is a 3.5-second zero-to-60-mph time. The business states the Trackhawk will certainly melt via the quarter-mile in 11.6 secs, however provided our recent failure to match SRT's efficiency insurance claims, we suspect that number could likewise be contemporary of reach. Offer or take a few tenths, though, Club Motorsports' 14 percent quality really felt as level as Google Maps' 2D sight (in which, by the way, the track still appears as dust as of this writing-- we informed you it was new). Our one problem about the engine is that we desire much more blower gripe when the accelerator is matted. There's an excellent little bit under lighter tons, yet at full throttle, it fades behind a raving gargle blaster of an exhaust roar so intense it sounds like the tailpipes are emptying into the cabin. (" The call is coming from inside your home!").

Barreling down Club Motorsports' hills stresses the rest of the Trackhawk's skill set. It maintains the SRT's control-arm front as well as multilink back suspension layout, but the springtimes are 9 percent stiffer in advance and 15 percent stiffer out back. Not surprisingly for something so hefty and with a lot rubber at each edge, it's fairly steady-- a desirable quality on a training course with great deals of camber variances. However toe into the brake as well as it'll turn-- or lay into the brake and also it'll dance disconcertingly, also in a straight line. The steering is a touch sluggish yet heavy enough for noticeable weight to bleed off as the nose starts to rinse. Although the brakes always really felt solid, pedal travel raised to an alarming degree during our washing session. Other: 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Review

At 15.7 inches in size, the Trackhawk's two-piece (aluminum hat as well as iron rubbing surface area) front blades are 0.8 inch larger than those on the normally aspirated SRT Jeep. The 13.8-inch backs are the same, as are the six-piston front and four-piston back calipers, yet the Trackhawk's pinchers obtain a coat of yellow paint. Jeep wishes you like it, due to the fact that it's just what you obtain regardless of exterior color or whether you go with the standard aluminum-finish or optional satin-black wheels. The last are 3 extra pounds lighter each edge.

Those yellow calipers are just one of the Trackhawk's few outside tells. Others consist of the deleted haze lights, their nests hollowed out for an oil cooler on the guest's side and also a cold-air intake on the driver's side. A brand-new rear fascia accommodates the quad exhaust outlets. There's a refined "Trackhawk" badge on the reduced appropriate edge of the liftgate and "supercharged" manuscript listed below the common Grand Cherokee lettering on the front doors.

Inside, there are Trackhawk logos on the seats, a Trackhawk-exclusive red-and-black two-tone inside alternative, as well as a 200-mph speedometer. That's hopeful by only 20 ticks, according to Jeep, yet by its orientation the speedo constantly minimizes your speed: 0 is straight down, 200 is straight up, and also at 100 miles per hour, the needle factors straight. To a lot of us, a decreased guideline is requesting more miles per hour, however this one only starts to close on level at extralegal speeds.
The rest of the inside is conventional Grand Cherokee SRT fare: roomy, with comfortable seating front and also back as well as a substantial freight hold. There's a reason the Grand Cherokee is among the best-selling SUVs in the country, and those 200,000 approximately yearly customers typically aren't making a bad decision. While the Trackhawk's stiffer flight is recognizable on New England's rough nation two-lanes, it's not so harsh regarding be an exit ramp. Much better not aim to shut off those roads, though, due to the fact that while the Trackhawk is a Jeep, its approach and separation angles are extra like those of a Toyota Camry.
Yet the Trackhawk does counter its 707-hp mating call with an unavoidable excrescence: its $86,995 base price. That's $17,905 more than you'll pay to get a Hellcat engine in a Battery charger and $20,405 greater than it sets you back in a Challenger. The Trackhawk is really virtually as quick as either of those, and also it's even more drivable. And also, it'll tow 7200 pounds, sufficient to allow you bring the Hellcat of your selection along on a trailer-- even if it's an extra Trackhawk. The problem comes when you begin adding options as well as consider in a similar way priced performance SUVs. It's not hard to top $100,000 with a Trackhawk. No, the BMW X5 M and also the Mercedes-AMG GLE63 don't have horse power ratings beginning with fortunate number seven, yet they're in the very same efficiency ball park as well as use more gloss and better-- if entirely different-- eminence. Unless, naturally, a buyer simply wants the Hellcat mania in a manageable bundle. Since it's a terrible lot of enjoyable defying physics in this Jeep.

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