David Zatz of Allpar speculates today about just how much horsepower the Hellcat powered Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk could pack.
We know both the Charger and Hellcat bring 707 horsepower to the table, we also know that the big issue with high horsepower engines is heat soak. Jeep could get themselves around heat and other issues by simply detuning the big 6.2L
Zatz lists his prime concerns:
[*]Cooling is a major issue with this amount of power, and the Hellcats have goals of high consistency at full power. Competing cars from Chevrolet and Shelby have been slammed for throttling back on the power as they quickly heat up at the track.
[*]The Jeep, unlike the others, is rumored to be all wheel drive, which could allow quicker launches — but would put more stress on the entire system. The engine may have to be tuned to put out the power that can reasonably and economically be handled by the drivetrain and suspension.
[*]The Grand Cherokee has a higher center of gravity and too much power could be dangerous.
Even at a 'mere' 600 hp the Grand Cherokee would still rule the roost over the competing German vehicles.