Most would associate the new 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk with its beastly 707 horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 Hellcat engine, but there’s so much more to the beefy 5300 lb car than just tearing down a straight.
Of course 645 lb-ft of torque would perpetuate the image along with a 0-60 mph acceleration time of just 3.5 seconds, but the Trackhawk’s drive dynamics around a bend will have you wanting more. Youtuber Saabkyle04 was certainly surprised when he took one on a test drive.
For something of this size, one wouldn’t expect the Trackhawk to handle as well as it does. The feeling of stability is attributed to the vehicle’s relatively low ground clearance, stiffer spring rates, cambered front and rear wheels, wider track, and a sticky set of Pirelli Scorpion verde all season run flat tires. Combined, the vehicle is able to hold around .88g of lateral acceleration, enough to aggressively attack some turns.
Of course all that power needs to be kept in check and that’s where the two-piece vented rotors with six-piston Brembo calipers come in. Capable of quickly bringing the car from 60 mph to a dead stop in 114 ft. In fact, those 15.75 inch front discs are the largest Jeep has ever installed in one of their cars.
For the full review and an auditory symphony of the Trackhawk’s engine/exhaust notes, do take a look at the video below.