One of the big reveals we’re hoping for in the coming year is the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. It’ll be powered by the same 6.2L HEMI supercharged V8 that’s in the Dodge Hellcat models, but will power all four wheels. It’ll be a brute no matter what. But how brutish will it be?
There is some reason to believe that it won’t make 707 horsepower like on the Dodge Hellcats. The main evidence, though, comes from a concept that Ram Trucks recently showed off. At the 2016 State Fair of Texas, Ram debuted the Rebel TRX concept. This pickup truck has the 6.2L supercharged HEMI in it, but only makes 575 horsepower.
Ram will tell you that because of the extra protections needed on a pickup truck designed to get dirty, the engine’s output isn’t as high. That makes sense to us, and is a perfectly plausible explanation.
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A Trackhawk Jeep won’t be designed for that off-road abuse, but it will have a four-wheel drive drivetrain. Does what Jeep currently have have the strength for 650 lb-ft of torque? What about when the vehicle’s launch control is engaged?
While being purely speculation, that would explain also why the Ram TRX concept also is limited in power. It’s always possible that that was a factor in deciding output.
Even if that’s not the case, seeing a supercharged HEMI not make 707 horsepower does open the door for future products to not have the same output. Even if the Jeep is limited to 575, for example, it’s still a metric ton of power. I can virtually guarantee we won’t be disappointed.