The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Is the Fastest Accelerating SUV You Can Buy

You can buy an SUV or crossover these days that can do a lot. Consumers can find compact crossovers built for great gas mileage and behemoth super-sized beasts to haul large families and everything they need. There is even an SUV with the heart of a race car – the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. 

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk isn’t simply a fast ride. It’s the fastest accelerating SUV you can actually buy right now. So, how fast is the fastest? The stats are staggering.

Chrome Jeep logo, maker of the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, on a black car with rain drops.
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Meet the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

Dupont Registry shared some of the latest stats. On a global scale, SUVs take up 34% of the entire vehicle market. From off-road capable to luxury joyrides, there’s an SUV for nearly everyone. But the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk came to the SUV party as the ultimate racecar dressed up in a crossover Jeep body.

This Jeep Grand Cherokee variation isn’t just fast off the line, but it comes equipped with the controls to manage that top-notch speed and performance. Using the Uconnect® touchscreen, you can check fluids and record your actual 0-60 times. In addition, there is Launch Control which helps the driver track performance in straight-line driving.

Let’s not forget that this is still a Jeep with a Quadra-Trac on-demand 4×4 system designed to tap into the most horsepower and torque at the most opportune times. According to Jeep, buying one of these powerhouse SUVs will set you back about $86,000.

Unheard of powertrain specs and acceleration

How fast is the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk? In the Dupont Registry list of fastest SUVs, the Trackhawk stuns and outperforms. With its 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat V8, this Jeep could harness 707 hp and tap into 645 lb-ft of torque. That kind of raw power meant this Jeep Grand Cherokee could run the quarter-mile in 11.4 seconds. The Trackhawk could go 0 to 60 in 3.5 seconds and achieve top speeds of 180 mph. It even delivers a 7,200-pound maximum tow rating.

Among this list of fastest SUVs are a host of luxury crossover models you’d expect to be there. The Lamborghini Urus, with its V8 bi-turbo engine, can go 0-60 in 3.6 seconds. The Cayenne Turbo S produces 670-hp with its hybrid battery and twin-turbo V8. And the Maserati Levante brings monstrous power with its 590-hp and a quarter-mile time of 13.1 seconds. But if you notice, as impressive as these luxury contenders are, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the fastest accelerating SUV anyone can buy.

What Stellantis plans for the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

If you’re excited about getting your hands on a 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, you should probably move quickly. Stellantis says this is the last year of production for the speedy SUV. Mopar Insiders explored whether or not another variation is on the horizon. 

Unfortunately, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is officially the “last hurrah” for the supercharged crossover. Due to the increased need for emissions regulations, along with an industry push to electrification, the days of the beefy and ultra-powerful SUVs are coming to an end.

The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe is already gaining traction in popularity and demonstrates this new Stellantis movement. Obviously, the Jeep Grand Cherokee will live on in new versions for many years to come. But the Trackhawk represents the final chapter in the speed-designed powerhouse Jeep.

If you want a one-of-a-kind Jeep that is the best in its segment of speed and power, find a Trackhawk. But act now. They won’t last long, especially knowing this is the final production year. 

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