Overview: Who knew combining the performance of a supercar with the luxury of a family car would be so necessary? Let’s dig more into the hype behind Jeep Trackhawk sales
Referred to as “the ultimate SUV,” the Jeep Trackhawk is a vehicle that a lot of Jeep lovers swear by, so much so that many people are interested in purchasing one. So we did some research, browsing the wonderful land of Internet, and came across some articles where members of the Jeep community express their very tangible reasons for the Jeep Trackhawk hype.
WHAT'S SO SPECIAL ABOUT THE JEEP TRACKHAWK:
“If I had told you ten years ago that there would one day be an SUV capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, you would’ve probably had me institutionalized, and yet here it is.” — HOTCARS
You read that right… an SUV capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds? It sounds hard to believe, but it’s reality. The Jeep Trackhawk is a part of a new generation of SUVs that specialize in both performance and practicality, making it the most powerful SUV on the market at the moment (and likely for some time).
Equipped with a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that produces an incredible 707 hp and 645 lb-ft of torque and a towing capacity of 7200 pounds, the Trackhawk is simply cut from a different cloth.
Forget the fact that it goes from 0-60 mph in an exhilarating 3.5 seconds. Forget the fact that it has a special launch control system that makes it feel as though you’re accelerating into space the moment you step on the throttle. Forget the fact that — actually, don’t forget these facts. Let’s talk about ’em.
“It’s almost surreal how well this big and tall box on wheels performs.” — Forbes
The Trackhawk has respectable, stable handling that can be exploited on twisty back roads and highway ramps — perfect for hittin’ the roads but also not totally out of its element on a racetrack.
Here are some performance-specific observations test drivers experienced after driving the Trackhawk around for one week:
In “Auto” mode, various settings are optimized for amenable street use, with the engine torque split 40-60 front to rear.
The “Sport” setting goes further into rear-drive territory with a 35-65 split, quicker shift times, and more aggressive settings for the stability control, all-wheel-drive and steering systems.
“Track” mode goes all in with a 30-70 rear-biased torque split, even quicker shifting, and fully furious tuning. Unfortunately for those who like to take such things into their own hands (so to speak) in traffic, the eight-speed automatic transmission’s paddle shifters are disabled when the Trackhawk is in Auto mode.
The ride gets rough, and then rougher in Sport or Track mode, though its softened up a bit, actually becoming a bit bouncy over bumps, when the selector is set to Auto.
“I can’t think of another 700+ horsepower vehicle that could have made it through this winter’s deluge.” — Driving.Ca
This might fall into a subcategory of “performance” but apparently the wheels of this monster SUV do an amazing drive specifically in the winter. In his review of the Trackhawk, Jeep connoisseur David Booth relayed his experience in the crazy winter storm of Toronto by posing us with the question: Is the Trackhawk, in fact, practical enough to face the worst that the Great White Frozen North can pitch at it?
Apparently it is. Calling it a “pure weapons-grade SUV,” Booth raves about how Jeep’s AWD distributes torque — anything from a 70/30 rear-bias to an equally distributed 50/50 — with alacrity, and of course, 707 supercharged stallions can storm pretty much any fortress.
“We rang up well over 2,000 kilometres in the big Jeep under some of the most stressful driving conditions possible, and never once did the Trackhawk leave us wishing for something more sophisticated and luxurious.”
“Comes with good comfort features while being sporty, along with providing the best of technology that is on offer by Jeep.” — Car Indigo
You knew at some point that we would have to talk about looks. We’re not into superficiality, but we simply can’t highlight the Trackhawk’s great features without mentioning how gorgeous the interior is.
During our search for the hype, we came across many different reviews praising the comfortable yet luxurious interior. Here are some brag-worthy features:
12-way power-adjustable heated and ventilated performance front row seats with power lumbar for the driver.
Back outboard seats get the heating function.
Dual-zone automatic climate control is fitted standard.
Interior upholstery is a combination of Suede/Nappa Leather (customizable color options exist for an upcharge, including Red Seatbelts for $95).
Standard 8.4-inch infotainment with framework managed by the latest Uconnect 4C (standard features include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot, HD radio, and a 10-speaker Alpine Sound system).
But seeing is believing. Check out photos of the Trackhawk interior here.
We understand the hype. From it’s high-powered, track-tuned “heart” to its supercharged 6.2L V8 engine, the latest Jeep Trackhawk is something like a racecar (except it can fit more than one person, thank goodness). Now we can take the whole crew off-roading.