It is really nice that Jeep CEO Mike Manley (what a name) has decided to pander to Hellcat fans and offer a Jeep SRT Hellcat in a Grand Cherokee guise. Unfortunately, it would be better equipped in the Wrangler.
Firstly, the potential price of a Grand Cherokee SRT Hellcat will be quite inaccessible to many.
The $62,500 Challenger SRT Hellcat is already a pinch, so packing the $65,500 Grand Cherokee SRT with a HEMI V8 would take it north of $80,000 which makes it an opportunity cost to the Tesla Model X which, let’s face it, is a better pick than a Jeep Hellcat.
The Jeep Wrangler Trailcat which is featuring as a special model for Jeep’s Moab Safari party would carry a better power-to-weight ratio compared to the Grand Cherokee. The latter weighs at least 4,545 lbs while the Wrangler approximates the base weight of the Challenger at over 3,800 lbs.
Packed with the roaring 707hp HEMI V8, the Wrangler would weigh in at about 4,500 lbs which approximates that of the lightest Grand Cherokee. Consequently the Wrangler would be able to punch harder and go faster.
Even though it doesn’t have the aerodynamics to perform the way the Challenger SRT Hellcat does, the pony car cannot go off-road, and for terrain the Wrangler has better numbers than the Grand Cherokee.