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Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

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The Hellcat name is synonymous with high horsepower and tire shredding fun. We typically see the Hellcat badge on the back of Dodge’s Charger and Challenger, but now we are going to see it on Jeep’s Grand Cherokee designated the Trackhawk. What we know is that the supercharged 6.2L Hemi V8 will be stuffed under the hood of the new Jeep Grand Cherokee and it’s going to be an absolutely wonderful thing.

News about the Trackhawk being put into production has been circulating for a while now. Some spy shots have made it onto social media, but now a fully undisguised test vehicle has been spotted on public Michigan roads in all its glory. Like its coupe and four door brothers, Hellcats usually keep their exteriors subdued and lets the engine do all the talking. So it was expected that the Trackhawk would look quite similar to its SRT Grand Cherokee counterpart.

More details on the Trackhawk will come as its official debut draws closer. But we can expect that the monster SUV will be a class topper in the performance arena.


Hennessey 1032hp HPE1000 Hellcat

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There’s one person who doesn’t know when enough is enough and that is John Hennessey and we openly thank him for that. The folks over at Dodge brought us the 707hp 6.2L supercharged V8 Hellcat which is a tire shredding beast of a car. Then along comes Mr. Hennessey who says, “well that’s not enough” and slaps on a set of turbochargers. The result, a 1032hp and 987lb/ft of torque beast. Hennessey calls this new kit the HPE1000, conveniently rounded off for branding purposes.

The boosted Charger and Challenger Hellcats will move from 0-100kph in a mere 2.7 seconds and smokes the quarter mile in just 9.9 seconds. That right there is a whole lot of car! But wait, it’s not all about the performance. Actually it is. The additional add ons are purely cosmetic with the HPE1000 package which includes twin turbo badging, a signed builder plaque in the engine bay, and a set of custom floor mats.

The HPE1000 package will set you back $55,000USD plus the price of the car itself. The best part of anything that comes out of the Hennessey group is that they will provide you with a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty over and beyond the one provided by the manufacturer.


Chrysler Pacifica Hellcat

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We like that Ralph Gilles, the Global Head of Design at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, is a dreamer. The more he dreams and the more he sketches the more consumers get rewarded with some of the most amazing vehicles to scorch the tarmac. Recently, a crayon sketch of a Chrysler Pacifica on steroids created a storm on the internet. With all the recent talk about the release of a Cherokee Hellcat, one could only be led to think that this sketch is the initial imagining of a Pacifica Hellcat.

Oh my and what a car that would be to go get some groceries in, or to lug the kids around to soccer practice! To be honest, the likelihood of a Pacifica Hellcat being produced is slim to none. First, engineers would have to figure out how to stuff a 6.2L V8 Hemi into the engine bay. If they can get that done, they’ll have to contend with getting the eight speed automatic transmission in there to send all 707hp and 650lb/ft of torque to the rear wheels. Just a reminder, the Chrysler Pacifica is designed to be a front engine front wheel drive car, with an optional all wheel drive configuration. Thinking about the driveline reminds me of Renault’s attempt at a supercar minivan called the Espace F1 from the mid-90’s. And as predicted, Renault’s monster minivan was also purely a concept and never slated for production.

Regardless if a Pacifica Hellcat is to ever be produced, it’s dreamers like Gilles who continue to keep the automotive industry pushing forward to new limits and keeps the enthusiasts and car lovers dreams alive.


Jeep Cherokee Hellcat

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The 2016 Detroit Auto Show was full of surprises, but none more interesting than hearing right from Jeep CEO Mike Manley that he plans to officially bring to market a new vehicle with their Hellcat label, this time being the Jeep Grand Cherokee. This news definitely got that little kid inside of me jumping for joy.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee will get a 6.2L supercharged V8 crammed into its engine bay. This is the engine that is shared with the Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcat models which churns out a tire shredding 707hp. This is quite a hefty boost from their already capable Grand Cherokee SRT which packs a 6.4L HEMI V8 with 475hp.

Whether or not the Cherokee will be badged as a “Hellcat” or “Trackhawk” is yet to be determined. But who cares when nobody will be able to see those badges as you leave them in a cloud of dust.


Mopar Booth Tour – SEMA 2014

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Mopar brought one of everything to SEMA 2014, including a funny car! From Ram to Renegade, from ACR to Abarth, there was a Mopar Concepts vehicle for everyone.

The small car segment was well represented with a Dodge Dart, two Fiat 500s and a Chrysler 200S. The Dart sported a matte black hood, with a scoop more prominent than our picture makes it seem, and a revised front fascia to allow plenty of air to the mysterious turbo-charged engine. It’s about time Dodge brought the newest iteration of the SRT-4 here, after the Neon made a splash and the Caliber just sunk, and this concept fits the bill. Whether or not we actually see it is yet to be seen but, with the success Ford is having with the Fiesta and Focus ST, we can’t help but think Dodge will follow suit. The other three cars were more visually focused, only sporting significant paint, body and wheel changes, but the 200S also received a drop from coilovers and was truly stunning. Clean and elegant. I bet they’d sell a lot more if they came out of the factory looking like Mopar’s version.

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