07 December 2018

SUV SUPERCAR VS POSTER CARS: SUPERCHARGED JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE TRACKHAWK IN TOP TRUMPS-INSPIRED DRAG RACE

  • 710 hp, V8-engined Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk takes on iconic poster cars in quarter-mile dash
  • The SUV went head-to-head against the legendary, original Audi Quattro and TVR Griffith
  • The fastest production petrol SUV ever built, Trackhawk clocked 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds and 11.48 seconds for the quarter-mile straight
  • Drag race took place to mark Trackhawk order books opening in the UK
  • Limited UK run of Trackhawks available with prices starting from £89,999 OTR
  • Watch the on-track action here

Jeep has put its fastest ever SUV, the V8-engined Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, to the ultimate test in straight-line speed - a Top Trumps inspired drag race against two of the most iconic pin-up performance cars ever built. Watch here: Trackhawk video

Racing against a classic 1991 Audi Quattro and TVR Griffith, the 710 hp, V8 Grand Cherokee went head-to-head against the iconic performance cars to celebrate a limited run of models going on sale, and to pay homage to the legendary poster cars of yesteryear.

With the combination of a supercharged 6.2-litre HEMI® V8 engine, launch control and a torque reserve system, the Trackhawk boasts a blistering 0-62 mph time of 3.7 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 11.48 seconds, turning the traditional sense of a supercar on its head, and positioning Trackhawk as a true Supercar SUV.

Reaching a blazing 119 mph over the quarter-mile distance, the Trackhawk's challengers finished with equally quick times, the Audi Quattro and TVR Griffith crossing the finish line in 18.48 seconds and 13.81 seconds respectively.

And while the poster cars, when originally launched, would have commanded a hefty price, as they are likely do even today, when you take Trackhawk's price tag and compare pound cost per horsepower (£/hp) it comes in at just £127 (£/hp). This compares extremely favourably against the Bentley Bentayga at £296 (£/hp) and) the Lamborghini Urus at £257 (£/hp).

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Vital statistics

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

TVR Griffith 500

Audi Quattro

Price: £89,995 OTR

Price: £36,000 (new)

Price: £45,000

Engine:  Supercharged 6.2-litre HEMI V8 engine

Engine: V8 5.0-litre

Engine: 2.2-litre 5 cyl

Power: 710 hp

Power: 340 bhp

Power: 220 bhp

0-62mph: 3.7 seconds

0-62mph: 4.1 seconds

0-62mph: 6.2 seconds

Top Speed: 180mph

Top Speed: 167mph

Top Speed: 145mph

Quarter-mile time: 11.48 seconds

Quarter-mile time: 13.81 seconds

Quarter-mile time: 18.48 seconds

Number of seats: 5

Number of seats: 2

Number of seats: 4

Special skills: Fastest accelerating SUV

Special skills: N/A

Special skills: 4 wheel drive

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk in detail:
The supercharged V8 unit, delivering 710 hp (522kW) at 6,000rpm and 868Nm of torque, is combined with an upgraded high-torque capacity TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission to give it ground-breaking performance: zero to 62mph in 3.7 seconds, a top speed of 180mph, and a 62 to zero mph braking distance of 37 metres thanks to its new Brembo braking system.

World-class on-road driving dynamics and handling come courtesy of the Selec-Trac system with five dynamic modes and Bilstein active damping suspension.

The exterior of the new Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is both aggressive and functional, and is set apart with body-coloured flared wheel arches, a sculpted bonnet with hood vents and quad exhaust tips.

The signature seven-slot upper front grille is flanked by adaptive, bi-xenon headlamps that are surrounded by an LED character lamp treatment. The headlamps on the Trackhawk model feature a unique Gloss Black background to accent their jewel-like appearance.

New 20-inch titanium finish wheels, revealing distinctive yellow Brembo brake calipers, complete the look, along with a 'Supercharged' badge on both front doors and a 'Trackhawk' badge on the boot.

Drawing inspiration from the sports world, the racing-inspired interior is designed to provide a comfortable environment. Crafted in premium quality soft-touch materials, it is enhanced by exclusive finishes and carbon fibre inserts.

The standard interior for the UK features Laguna leather seats with an embroidered 'Trackhawk' logo. A new premium metal package is also standard and enhances the vehicle's interior with high quality real metal accents. Active Noise Cancellation, leather stitched instrument panel, doors, centre console and armrest, Berber floormats with Trackhawk badge and 825 watt Harman Kardon sound system with 19 speakers including subwoofers are also included as standard.

A sporty dashboard features a 7-inch driver information display (DID) and an instrument cluster which features the tachometer in the centre and the 200mph speedometer on the left. The instrument panel centre stack with new 8.4-inch UconnectTM display features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as Trackhawk-exclusive Performance Pages that showcase immediate feedback on the car's performance.

The new Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk offers more than 65 safety and security features, including Trailer Hitch Camera View at Speed, offering a view of trailered items through the rear-mounted camera while moving; a Valet mode that allows for a personalised, selectable driving experience; Adaptive Cruise Control with stop function; Advanced Brake Assist; Blind-spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Path Detection; Full-speed Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation; Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist; Lane Departure Warning-Plus and Ready Alert Braking.

ENDS

Notes to Editors

About the rivals

TVR Griffith 500:
The TVR seen in our challenge has competed in Sprint Racing as well as driving to Le Mans every year for the Le Mans 24 hour race.

Audi Quattro:
The Audi Quattro seen in our drag race is a cult rally car from the 1980s.  Made famous in recent times by Gene Hunt in hit tv show Ashes to Ashes, it has been a pin up poster car for many years.

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For further information please contact:

Kate Saxton, Public Relations Director
Tom Johnston, Press Relations Manager

FIAT Chrysler Automobiles UK Ltd
Tel: 01753 511431
Fax: 01753 516871

E-mail addresses: kate.saxton@fcagroup.com / tom.johnston@fcagroup.com 

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