The Challenger Hellcat in a Jeep Grand Cherokee Will Slaughter the European SUVs
A while back, we talked about the possibility of a future SRT Jeep Grand Cherokee powered by the 2015 Dodge Challenger’s Hellcat Hemi and how that supercharged Jeep would give a strong run to the likes of the high performance SUVs from Porsche, BMW, Mercedes, Range Rover, Lamborghini and Bentley. At that time, we only knew that the Hellcat Hemi would offer at least 600 horsepower and at least 575lb-ft of torque. Based on those numbers, the Jeep SRT Hellcat would make short work of the best from Porsche, BMW, Mercedes Benz and Range Rover, but it might struggle with the likes of the upcoming Lamborghini Urus and Bentley EXP9 SUV.
Now that we know that the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat will pack 707 horsepower and 650lb-ft of torque, that same engine packed under the hood of the Jeep Grand Cherokee would unquestionably make for the baddest SUV sold anywhere in the world. Also, that much power – even in a vehicle as heavy as the Jeep Grand Cherokee – would likely make it one of the best performing vehicles sold in the world so in addition to pummeling every SUV, it would likely beat a great many sports cars as well.
Bentley and Lamborghini Might Pose the Biggest Challenge
Should the Chrysler Group opt to install the supercharged 6.2L Hemi V8 in the future Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, a similar power rating to the Challenger’s 707 horsepower and 650lb-ft of torque would allow the high performance Jeep to easily beat down anything from Porsche, BMW or Mercedes. The most powerful production SUV available right now is the BMW X6M with 555hp and 500lb-ft of torque so with over 700 horsepower, the Jeep could handle the BMW a painful beat down. The Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, the Mercedes Benz G63 AMG, the Mercedes Benz ML63 AMG and the Range Rover Sport Supercharged all have less power than the X6M so those models would all be likely to face a similar fate to the BMW when racing the Hellcat Jeep.
The biggest competitors would be the Lamborghini Urus and the Bentley EXP9. These two SUVs – both of which are owned by the Volkswagen Auto Group - are expected to battle for the title of the best performing SUV in the world…or at least they will be if the Hellcat doesn’t end up in the Grand Cherokee. The Lamborghini Urus will likely be powered by a twin turbocharged V8 with somewhere in the area of 600 horsepower and 600lb-ft of torque. The Bentley EXP9 (which will likely have a different name when it reaches production) could be powered by VW’s 12 cylinder engine that delivers upwards of 650 horsepower.
As you probably noticed, the estimated power figures for both the Lamborghini Urus and Bentley EXP9 are well below the output of the Hellcat Hemi, so a Jeep Grand Cherokee packing the supercharged 6.2L V8 will very likely beat those two future SUVs just as badly as it will beat the high performance SUVs already on sale today.