Drive Time: Trackhawk puts Jeep in quick lane

Out easterly of city one dusk early this week, we brought a Jeep to a stop, pushed a “launch” button, hold a stop momentarily as we crushed a accelerator and we flew down a paved highway for a few seconds before we tighten it down.

Wow.

It’s a 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, versed with a overwhelming 707-horsepower Hellcat engine, and built into a launch mode is an involuntary timer for 0-to-60 clockings. we don’t do a rush-to-60 most anymore, yet given a timer was partial of a package, because not.

The readout indicated my time was 4.5 seconds.

“That’s unequivocally fast,” pronounced Jan, who substantially hundreds of times in a past hold a stopwatch for timing of identical runs we done (never this fast, though).

Regarding a 4.5 reading for a Trackhawk, though, we knew we hadn’t entirely vexed a pedal during launch. And, such a still dusk with positively no trade around, we said, “Let’s try it one some-more time.”

This time, a Trackhawk was ready, we was ready, and a outcome was really acceptable — 3.9 seconds.

Not often, in new years, have we checked cars and trucks for 0-to-60 times. Years back, Jan was my central timer with a stop watch. We would exam them 0-to-50. I’d scream “Go” as we kicked down a accelerator and Jan started a watch, afterwards as a needle changed past 50. “Okay” was a vigilance for Jan to tighten a watch off.

Not as accurate as a involuntary timer in a Trackhawk, yet a process served as a severe indicator of one vehicle’s speed compared with another.

The ’98 Dodge Viper, ’99 Porsche 911 Carrera and ’09 Nissan GT-R were tighten to 4 seconds (remember, that was to 50, not 60). Others with speed were an ’81 Maserati Merak SS, ’93 Toyota Supra, ’02 BMW M3 Coupe, ’02 Vette ZO6, ’03 Audi RS6, ’03 Ford Mustang Mach 1, ’09 Bentley Continental GT, and others I’ve forgotten.

The slowest ever was a ’91 Geo Metro automobile with a 1-liter, 3-cylinder engine, involuntary transmission, 19.06 seconds.

The Jeep Trackhawk has underneath a hood a same 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 best-known for performances in Dodge Challengers and Chargers. It is a initial Chrysler factory-produced Hemi engine powered by a supercharger, rather than a turbocharger.

I had no arise to exam it for a tip speed; Jeep officials contend it will strech 180 miles per hour. Its speedometer registers to 200.

Adding considerable opening parameters to a Trackhawk is German-built ZF 8-speed involuntary delivery tied to a absolute 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 with 645 lb.-ft. of torque, beefed-up QuadraTrac four-wheel-drive system, Bilstein foe cessation and outrageous 15.75-inch stop rotors with Brembo 6-piston calipers. Those calipers, by a way, are splendid yellow.

“My welfare is still a gentle Grand Cherokee Limited during most reduction cost,” pronounced Jan.

A current point, when a Trackhawk plaque cost of $90,880 is considered. Who buys these pricey powerhouses?

“The Trackhawk is a niche, low-volume car that draws new consumers into Jeep showrooms,” pronounced Jeep officials. “Customers come from existent Jeep owners along with buyers from a ubiquitous performance-enthusiast village looking for a high-performance SUV.”

The impassioned opening capabilities challenge a normal obstacle of complicated quell weight, 5,363 pounds.

The chastisement is felt in fuel mileage; my contrast resulted in an normal of 14.2 miles per gallon.

The Tackhawk rides on Pirelli 295/45ZR20 tires.

— Bud Wells, a local of Wray, is a former Page 1 editor of a Denver Post and has reviewed automobiles for a past 40 years. He can be contacted during budwellscars@comcast.net.

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