While FCA has rolled out a handful of highly-anticipated performance vehicles with supercharged Hemi engines over the past few years, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk might be the most talked-about of the group. Yes, the Hellcat Challenger and Hellcat Charger have combined to steal the attention of the American auto industry since they arrived back in late 2014 and the new 840hp Dodge Demon has become the hottest topic in the muscle car world, but none of these vehicles have been talked about as much – or for the length of time – as the Trackhawk.
Why the Trackhaw is So Special
With 707 horsepower and 645lb-ft of torque being channeled to all four wheels via a heavy duty, high tech all-wheel drive system, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the quickest (acceleration), the fastest (top speed) and the most powerful of any sport utility vehicle sold in the world. While reaching all of those high performance accolades, the Trackhawk can still seat five people in the lap of luxury with plenty of room for cargo while towing up to 7,200lbs.
The Trackhawk is a 5-passenger SUV that can tow 7,200lbs, dash from 0-60 in the mid-3-second range, run the quarter mile in the mid-11-second range and reach a top speed of 180 miles per hour. No other vehicle ever built by any automaker in the world can do all of those things and this incredible combination of capabilities is why the supercharged Jeep Grand Cherokee has become more highly-anticipated than any of the Dodge supercharged cars.
The amount of interest in the 707hp Jeep led to strong early sales and those people who lined up to buy one of the first supercharged Jeeps have been eagerly awaiting delivery – and that wait is just about over. In fact, for some people, the wait is over, as the first examples of the Trackhawk have begun reaching dealerships around the country.
The Trackhawk Cometh
Oddly, the beginning of 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk deliveries didn’t come with much fanfare from FCA. In fact, there hasn’t been an official announcement that the first units had been shipped to dealers, but social media posts from multiple people who ordered one of the supercharged SUVs have confirmed that the newest high performance Mopar machine is reaching dealerships around the country.
There are still scores of Trackhawk buyers who aren’t clear as to when their 707hp SUV will arrive, but in speaking with sources who wish to remain nameless, it seems as though the newest Grand Cherokee is subject to one of the most intensive quality control efforts in the history of the company. This extreme quality control process takes time, especially with the first units to be built and shipped, leading to an extended wait time for those buyers who placed their orders early on. However, if the rollout of the Hellcat Challenger back in late 2014 was any indication of how Trackhawk deliveries will go (and I believe that it is), the flow of supercharged SUVs should gradually increase over the course of the next few months.
In other words, if you ordered a 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk when the order banks opened a few months back, it should not be long before your 707hp SUV in in your garage. As for those who didn’t order a Trackhawk, be on the lookout for surprisingly fast Jeeps looking to put bus lengths on just about anything that they line up against on the street.