Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Confirms Poor Choice Of Name

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One of the things we don’t often do is to question the speed of a vehicle that boasts having more than 500hp. This is more so when the name of the vehicle contains the term Track.

But when it comes to the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, the name does not tally well with its performance on a proper track. This was confirmed earlier today by Car&Driver through the channel’s 2018 Lightning Lap competition.

The annual happening finally saw the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk letting loose on the bend-filled road-course and the vehicle completed the event with a best lap time of 3:06.9. For comparison purposes, the Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is slower than both the Honda Civic Type R and the Subaru WRX Type RA.

Even when compared to another SUV, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is significantly slower than the Mercedes-AMG GLC63 S Coupe – a rival that packs much fewer horsepower.

It goes to say that Jeep should have used the Hellcat moniker with the 707hp Grand Cherokee instead of Trackhawk because tracking isn’t something which the SUV is good at. This is unless your definition of track is within the boundaries of a quarter-mile strip.