2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk first drive: the most expensive, violent Hellcat yet Page 3

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The best Hellcat yet?

Everything comes with a price, and the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s isn’t small.

Starting from $86,995, including destination, the Trackhawk is the most expensive Hellcat you can buy. In fact, it’s more expensive than the 840-hp Challenger SRT Demon. Tick every box on the option sheet and you’ll face a bill of $100,960 including destination. That is a very expensive Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Big ticket items include the the signature leather wrapped interior package which adds $4,995 to the price tag, a rear seat DVD system for $1,995, a panoramic sunroof for $2,095, and upgraded audio for $1,995.

Other options include $995 for 20x10 black satin aluminum wheels, $895 for three-season tires, $495 for a CD player, $995 for a towing package, $395 for a compact spare tire, $95 for red seat belts, and $95 for an engine block heater.

The competition? The Porsche Cayenne Turbo S starts from over $161,000, and the BMW X5 M starts at more than $100,000. Both are less powerful than the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, but they have roe brand cachet.

The signature leather wrapped interior package almost makes it feel like it can punch with the Porsche and BMW, but the other plastics and switchgear fall down compared to the six-figure rivals.

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

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In its base form without options, it’s approximately an entire Nissan Versa sedan more expensive than the Charger and Challenger Hellcats. As to whether it’s worth that premium, it’s debatable depending on whether you want a Hellcat that can tow, is more refined, can't do a burnout, and is an SUV.

Without a doubt the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the most refined Hellcat you can buy, and the AWD makes it more vicious in a straight line. If you want it raw, you’ll have to buy one of the Dodges, except, they can’t tow 7,200 pounds while heading to the racetrack on a Saturday.

I’m completely and utterly satisfied now. That said: Hey FCA, about that Hellcat-powered Ram Rebel TRX concept?

Jeep provided travel and lodging to Internet Brands Automotive to bring you this firsthand report.


 
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