The Jeep Trackhawk Is Now the Fastest SUV On Ice

May 14th, 2019 by

If you weren’t satisfied or impressed with the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s 3.5-second 0-60 time or the 180-mph top speed, this new title might impress you. Added to the list of titles is the world record for fastest SUV on ice. Jeep UK took a 707-horsepower Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee to the annual Baikal Ice Motorsports Festival in Russia, where it achieved a maximum speed of 280 kilometers per hour, or 173 mph, on a frozen lake.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s are the fastest production SUVs in the market that you can buy at the moment. It hasn’t declared any Nurburgring lap records, but Jeep can now brag that it’s the fastest SUV to ever drive on ice. The Grand Cherokee traveled to southern Siberia to attend the annual Speed Days of the Baikal Ice Motor Sports Festival, and it set a new speed record.

All the power on the SRT is channeled to all four wheels via a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission with five driving modes. The other performance parts consist of Bilstein active damping suspension for improved handling and Brembo Brakes. The Brembo Brakes stop the Grand Cherokee in a short and safe distance.    

Additional items were removed from the Jeep to reduce the weight, while the fuel level was checked to make sure it was adequate to complete the quick run. The average speed of 160 mph over 0.62 miles with a rolling start and averaged over 62 mph from a standing start. The GPS tracks registered a maximum speed of 174 mph, and it was enough to make the Trackhawk the new fastest SUV on ice which was set under the rules of the FIA and confirmed by the Russian Automobile Federation.

The vehicle did a set of one-kilometer which runs from a standing start, where it achieved an average speed of 62 mph. The test is on ice so even with studs, and the grip is at a premium. On the road, the Jeep Trackhawk can top out at 180 mph thanks to its 710-hp, 6.2-liter V8 engine and certified by both the FIA and the Russian Automobile Federation.  

It’s one of the fastest production SUVs ever to be built, and it’s only defeated by the Bentley Bentayga Speed and Lamborghini Urus, which can achieve a top speed of around 190 mph. The BMW M3 E30 with the Toyota 2JZ engine is the fastest vehicle driven on record, producing 1,300 horsepower after hitting 2.15.5 mph during the Swedish Speed Week event in Arsunda, Sweden. The GPS trackers have registered a maximum speed of 174 mph, which makes it the new fastest SUV on ice.

PERFORMANCE:

The Trackhawk Hellcat engine has mind-blowing acceleration, and the soundtrack available keeps the local noise ordinances at bay. Its 707 horsepower is identical to its Hellcat Challenger and Charger siblings, but it has a more confining exhaust system which decreases the torque by five lb-ft (645 total). There’s a difference, and it’s in the Trackhawk’s all-wheel-drive traction which has allowed for the Jeep to teleport from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds.  

The Hawk has a very responsive throttle. While the Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S and the BMW X5 M has even higher cornering limits, the Trackhawk still has respectable, stable handling. It can be exploited on twisty back roads and highway ramps — and on the racetrack, it wouldn’t be entirely out of its element.  

The electrically assisted steering system is quick enough. With it’s Brembo Brake calipers (the six-piston front and four-piston rear) is hauled by the Trackhawk, and it can go down at 70 mph in 168 feet. The brake pedal is firm and responsive during daily use, and that distance is merely average among the similar high-performance crossovers.

INFOTAINMENT:

Every Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee has an 8.4-inch touchscreen. The system is called Uconnect and it includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and 4G LTE mobile Wi-Fi as standard. It’s aggressive bodywork and powertrain set your heart to pounding, but it also inherits the cargo space and interior cubby storage from the regular Grand Cherokee range.    

Come see for yourself if a Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the right SUV for you at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep.

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