527kW Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk now on sale in Australia

December 12, 2017

The beastly Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is now on sale in Australia, coming in as the most powerful petrol-powered SUV to ever hit our market.

Yes, muscle car fans can rejoice as the beloved ‘Hellcat’ engine is now – officially – available in Australia. It might not be the Dodge Challenger or Charger Hellcat that local Mopar fans have hoped for but boy does the Jeep offer some performance credentials.

Under the bonnet is the now-famous 6.2-litre supercharged V8 that belts out 527kW and 874Nm. As far as we know, this is the highest power output of any petrol-powered SUV ever to be offered officially in the country.

Across the 0-100km/h sprint it takes the big beast just 3.7 seconds, with a Lamborghini-like top speed of 290km/h. Again, this is the quickest 0-100km/h time of any petrol-powered SUV currently on offer, as far as we know.

Coming in as the new flagship model, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk comes with plenty of standard features. Some of these include an 8.4-inch Uconnect media interface with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, digital radio, and a 19-speaker Harman/Kardon stereo.

In terms of the performance running gear stuff, the Trackhawk uses an eight-speed automatic transmission, a rear limited-slip differential, adaptive suspension, Brembo brakes, and a Quadra-Trac all-wheel drive system.

The new model is available now, with prices starting from $134,900 (excluding on-road costs).

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.