In 2018, the Jeep® Grand Cherokee Trackhawk made its official debut as the most powerful and quickest mass-produced SUV on the planet. Thanks to its supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI HELLCAT V8, the Trackhawk produced an amazing 707 horsepower and 645 lb.-ft. of torque. That kind of power was good enough to propel the 5,363 lbs. (2,433 kg) two-row SUV through the 1/4-mile in 11.6 seconds and to a top speed of 180 mph. And that was right off the assembly line.
But that kind of performance from the factory isn’t enough for some, so that has led a lot of people to aim for even higher horsepower. This includes Mike Ferrand of Sinister Performance Club, who has taken the performance of his Trackhawk to the next level. Sure, we have seen 1,200 horsepower variants of the Trackhawk on the street before, like the Hennessey Performance Engineering Trackhawk HPE1200. But Mike’s Trackhawk produces an outstanding 1,300 horsepower and 1,500 lb.-ft. of torque, and that’s at the wheels mind you.
Ferrand says that the HELLCAT engine has been tuned for nitrous, features 1,300cc injectors, and stronger pistons and rods. An upgraded blower, Stage 3 8-speed 8HP95 automatic transmission, and axles help to put all that power to the ground. But most of the stock internals remain.
Equipped with up to a 200 shot of nitrous, the full-size SUV has gone 9.2 @ 154 mph in the 1/4-mile. A pretty amazing feat for such a big SUV. The black and silver camouflaged Trackhawk, isn’t just track-built either. It can serve no problem as a daily driver.
Recently, “That Racing Channel” got a chance to spend some time with Mike and his Trackhawk (declared the fastest in Canada) to get an overlook and do a couple of runs in it. Don’t be intimidated by the “DIGMNSTR” license plate or parachute hanging from the rear, either. It’s just a simple, Grand Cherokee, right? Judge for yourself.
Unfortunately, production of the Trackhawk is over. It ended along with the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat at the end of the 2021 model year. As the move towards electrification continues, we are sure we will easily see horsepower ratings near Mike’s Trackhawk from the factory. However, you can’t get over that sound from the beefed-up HELLCAT… something no electric car will ever mimic.