The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk was really a matter of when, not if: You don’t just build a 707-hp supercharged V8 and then not put it in as many of your vehicles as possible, especially when gas is this cheap. Never mind that a comfy SUV isn't really the first thing we'd think of taking to the local drag strip; if the past performance of Hellcat-equipped SRT products is anything to go by (and if the Demon lives up to expectations), it will, however improbably, perform exactly as the Mopar guys say it will.
And that's a great thing.
Visually, the Trackhawk is a little more restrained than we might have expected, but — as with the Challenger and Charger Hellcats — any fan should be able to tell what they’re looking at from a dozen paces. The Trackhawk sits an inch lower than a standard-issue Grand Cherokee (there’s still 8.1 inches of ground clearance) and rides on new 20-inch wheels, which are tucked behind body-colored wheel flares. You’ll be able to upgrade to lightweight forged aluminum rims, which saves a stated 12 pounds overall. Rubber options consist of Pirelli Scorpion Verde all-season and Pirelli P Zero three-season tires.
There are “Supercharged” badges on the front doors and a “Trackhawk” badge on the tailgate. But biggest tipoffs are probably the absent fog lamps on the front — they’ve been removed to help pipe cool air into the engine compartment — and the quad exhaust tips peeking out from behind a black rear valance on the tail end.