Evolution of SRT and the Jeep Grand Cherokee Models

May 15th, 2018 by

2018 is the first model year of the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, which is the most powerful Jeep Grand Cherokee ever made. Made in conjunction with SRT, a high performance engineering group within FCA, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is equipped with a 707-horsepower engine and has record-breaking track times, but this isn’t the first time Jeep has created a monster with SRT.

About SRT

SRT is an acronym for “street and racing technology” and their beginnings goes all the way back into the ‘90s. SRT is actually the team of engineers behind the legendary Dodge Viper, but the team was originally called Team Viper. Since the development of the Viper, SRT has been responsible for the development of a lot of extreme performance vehicles including the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, Challenger SRT Hellcat and Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.

Jeep + SRT

The first Jeep model that SRT helped create was the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT and it remained the most powerful Grand Cherokee model until the introduction of the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk in 2018. The Grand Cherokee SRT was originally named the Grand Cherokee SRT8 and it has been produced for six model years (2012-2018 (current)).

The Grand Cherokee SRT is equipped with a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine and all-wheel-drive. The Grand Cherokee SRT produces 475 horsepower, 470 lb-ft of torque and all of that power makes the Grand Cherokee SRT fast as well as strong. The Grand Cherokee SRT accelerates from 0-60 mph in 14.3 seconds, has a top speed of 160 mph and it completes a quarter-mile in 12.8 seconds. Thanks to all of the torque produced by the engine and transmission, the SUV has excellent towing capabilities and its max towing capacity is 7,200 pounds.

In addition to the engine, SRT is also responsible for adding a number of other performance components found on the Grand Cherokee SRT. These parts include dynamic drive modes, standard launch control, high-performance brakes, a specialized hood and a rear spoiler.

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

Jeep and SRT decided to take the Grand Cherokee’s performance capabilities up a notch with the addition of the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk has is equipped with an engine that is similar to and as powerful as the engine found in the Dodge SRT Hellcat models. This engine is the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8 engine, which produces 707-horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. As a result of the increased power, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is significantly faster. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds (.8 seconds faster than the Grand Cherokee SRT), completes a quarter-mile in 11.6 seconds (1.2 seconds faster than the Grand Cherokee SRT), and it has a top-speed of 180 mph, which is 20 mph faster than the Grand Cherokee SRT.

Like the Grand Cherokee SRT, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk also has parts to improve the vehicle’s performance. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is equipped with the largest Brembo brakes that have ever been used on a Jeep model. The Trackhawk also has a unique front-end design and a quad-tip exhaust.

Kendall Jeep is one of the largest Jeep dealers in South Florida, so we have a large collection of Jeep models, including performance Jeep models like the Grand Cherokee SRT and Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. Or, if you are more interested in a smaller high performance vehicle, we also have a selection of Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger SRT models.

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