The Ultimate 80’s Sleeper Wagon – The AMC Eagle Trackhawk:

Why Not Hellcat One Of The 1980s Most Iconic Off-Roaders?

In the 1980s, the American Motors Corporation (AMC) produced a compact four-wheel-drive (4×4) lineup of coupes, sedans, and wagons called the AMC Eagle. The lineup of compact 4×4 models would prove to be a popular option for those trapped in the snow-ridden states across the United States and was the only 4×4 passenger car produced in the country at the time and is widely recognized as one of the first crossover vehicles.

As the brainchild of Roy Lunn, the Chief Designer for AMC Jeep, the concept for the AMC Eagle was simple. Use the body and chassis from the compact AMC Concord and fit it with the Quadra-Trac 4×4 system from the Jeep® brand. The AMC Jeep team used two different inline-four-cylinder engines as well as a 4.2-liter inline-six-cylinder which made a robust 110 horsepower and 205 lb.-ft. of torque.

AMC Eagle Trackhawk Design. (Jlord8).

As most car buyers have been stepping away from passenger cars, there are still a number of people who prefer driving a sedan or wagon over the stereotype crossover or SUV family hauler. Using that philosophy, one digital designer @jlord8 has taken the classic AMC wagon and amped it up with the underpinnings from the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

The power dome hood helps to hide the Trackhawk’s 707 horsepower and 645 lb.-ft. of torque supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI HELLCAT V8. Mated to an 8HP95 automatic transmission, the HELLCAT V8 can propel the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk to a mid-3 second 0 to 60 mph time.

The Eagle would also gain the Trackhawk’s Quadra-Trac® SRT® 4×4 System. The SRT-specific full-time 4×4 system is designed for superior driving performance in any condition. It features the strongest transfer case ever designed by Jeep engineers, to handle the massive amounts of horsepower and torque produced by the supercharged HELLCAT engine. The 4×4 system features a massive mechanical wet clutch and electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD) in the rear, which allows 100% of the drive torque to be sent to one rear wheel. 

2020 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. (MoparInsiders).

Besides the powertrain, we can clearly see that this Eagle has also adopted the Trackhawk’s large 20-inch x 10-inch wheels, with Pirelli 295/45ZR20 Scorpion Verde all-season rubber. Besides helping the Eagle to put all that supercharged power down, it also allows for the Eagle to use the Trackhawk’s massive high-performance Brembo brakes.

We would love to see such a build in person. It truly would be the ultimate sleeper car. 

What do you think of the AMC Eagle Trackhawk? Let us know below or in the MoparInsiders forums.


Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller is a diehard Mopar enthusiast who lives and breathes all that is Mopar. The Michigander is not only the Editor for MoparInsiders.com, 5thGenRams.com, and HDRams.com but an automotive photographer. He is an avid fan of offshore powerboat racing, which he travels the country to take part in.

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Boy was I wrong! When the Eagle 4X4, the first Tauras Jellybean and the second generation Grand Cherokee were introduced, I asked myself 'what were they thinking?' Boy was I wrong!

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Forget the DMC Delorean DMC-12... the real star of Back to the Future was Jennifer's dad's AMC Eagle...

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my 1985 with a HO 4.0L from a Cherokee 3D2DD8D0-B706-45FC-99A9-0A2A476AC74C.jpeg

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my 1985 with a HO 4.0L from a Cherokee View attachment 6016

Love it, welcome to the fourms.

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If this footprint was returned - would it compete in the Subaru market and is there enough interest to make it profitable ? Halo?
Would this be a Dodge or would it be Trail rated?
It would NOT fit good as a Chrysler IMO, nor Alfa.

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