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Automobile’s spy photographer caught the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk prototype roaming between FCA’s Auburn Hills Tech Center and the SRT headquarters in all its camouflage free glory. These pictures are our first real look at what the Hellcat SUV will look like.

We already know what’s under the hood, a 707-horsepower Hellcat engine, and now we know what’s on the outside as well. In order to keep that supercharged 6.2-liter V8 cool, designers had to add additional vents to give it more room to breathe.

Unlike the Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat models, the vents aren’t in the form of hood scoops or heat extractor vents; instead, the Trackhawk will have three new cooling inlets under the grille. To fit these vents, the front grille was shortened to about half of the Grand Cherokee’s grille.

More changes are to be found under those inlets as the new Trackhawk is sporting two large air ducts on either side of the center air intake and there’s an additional intake slit in the front bumper spoiler. Incorporated into the outter intakes are LED light strips

The front fascia received an update but aside from that, the rest of its body looks pretty similar to the standard SRT Grand Cherokee. Take a look at the pictures and let us know what you think.


 

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The front looks underwhelming, I expected more changes to be made to the body so the exterior matches the beastly engine under the hood. Maybe more ridges in the front or changes to the side pinched metal design. I don't know, just something!
 

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It'll be a sleeper ! You don't expect 700+hp out of something that looks so subtle ;) Throw some exhaust cut-outs underneath and bam... good to go :)
 

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What will be more interesting now that we're seeing it in pictures, is seeing it on the street, especially when next to other fast SUV's like the Range Rover SVR. And on that note, we need to see the two of them going head to head!
 

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Now that is definitely going to be a spectacle to watch. The amount of reviews and comparison videos when this comes out will be insane !
 

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But I wonder what other vehicles they're going to use. Other than the Range, Cayenne Turbo S, and some one of the BMW Xs. Do you think they'll try to pit this against performance sedans ?!
 

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I don't see why not. The Trackhawk powerplant has enough juice to beat quite a few sedans but the extra weight may slow it down at the starting line.
 

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A hood scoop would definitely have been great to signify how much more of a beast it is than the "normal" variation. Side scoops may have seemed a bit much on this though.

I'm sure we'll see the aftermarket come through though. But that's also something I'm not too sure people may opt for as you'll be changing an original vehicle
 

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Even a hood with raised parts just so it's aggressive but at the same time subtle, since these days they seem to be wanting a level of class to go with all the performance they offer. But whatever they come out with officially i'll more than likely accept, not going to worry too much about things like this.
 

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Hi, this is CadVint.
I currently own a 2015 G.C. SRT and it is a fantastic vehicle to drive!
The only mods that I have done are;
K&N Cold Air Intake, Borla Cat-Back ATAK Exhaust and lowered by factory kit 2".
excellent ride height & performance and what a sound!!!, Thank you Borla...

I have owned it since the day before Thanksgiving. I like some of the differences but not others.
I like the Additional Hood Scoop design better which falls in line with the other SRT extreme vehicles.
I do like the lowest vents with the modified space and lights, however I like the location of the current led running lights.

Question...Do I keep and modify my 2015 SRT or trade it for a TrackHawk???Decisions...Decisions?
How much capacity/rating in the current 6.4L and other drivetrain components to handle additional power?
 

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Hi, this is CadVint.
I currently own a 2015 G.C. SRT and it is a fantastic vehicle to drive!
The only mods that I have done are;
K&N Cold Air Intake, Borla Cat-Back ATAK Exhaust and lowered by factory kit 2".
excellent ride height & performance and what a sound!!!, Thank you Borla...

I have owned it since the day before Thanksgiving. I like some of the differences but not others.
I like the Additional Hood Scoop design better which falls in line with the other SRT extreme vehicles.
I do like the lowest vents with the modified space and lights, however I like the location of the current led running lights.

Question...Do I keep and modify my 2015 SRT or trade it for a TrackHawk???Decisions...Decisions?
How much capacity/rating in the current 6.4L and other drivetrain components to handle additional power?
you should go to other jeep srt forums and find out the status of mods. it's going to take 5 or so years to figure out the right combination of parts for the 6.4l to make more power. the 6.1l took years to iron out. lots of ring problems with boost in the 6.4l, reliability is poor
 

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I agree, it would definitely be better to check out the srt forums to see what people are doing and how much power they're getting out of them reliably and make a choice based off of that.
 

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Apparently I've been told that the 6.4L crank can hold up to 1,200 horsepower which is phenomenal. They really designed the block extremely durable and strong. I'm pretty sure you would start damaging axles and transmissions/rear ends before the 6.4l would get damaged. That being said... it's kind of a difficult choice. If you can afford to grab the Trackhawk, I would say go for that and build that just because it'll be new, and it's a better platform as it already comes with loads more power over the 6.4L in the 2015
 

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that's a good start and chances are you'll find people that have really pushed the SRT motor up in performance by a big percentage, helping to show the tolerance it has for what was done, which can be important depending on what your goal is.
 

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For sure. Me personally, if I was in the situation.. I think I would go with getting the Trackhawk and going off of that. A simple pulley change and reflash and you can get a good amount of power out of it.
 

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I mean, if you're looking for the minor changes, go for it. Otherwise I'm sure with the extra money you'll spend to get the Trackhawk, you can probably build that same motor you have to go beyond.
 
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