Jeep hot-rodded the first-generation Grand Cherokee “ZJ” back in 1998, creating the 5.9 Limited (called the “niner” among Jeep enthusiasts). It was one of the quickest SUVs in the world at the time with a zero to 60 mph sprint taking less than seven seconds.
Finally, engineers race the cars for 24 hours over three days. That’s eight successive hours a day, only stopping for gas and brake pads. Jeep told us the Trackhawk did it on one set of discs, by the way.
Think U.S. Navy jet fighter catapulting itself off an aircraft carrier, or one of those early-Fifties Air Force rocket sleds, minus the facial distortions. This Grand Cherokee tears out of the hole like a mama grizzly protecting one of her baby bears.
The Trackhawk seats four comfortably, five very nearly so. It can tow almost anything you want, has 36.3 cubic feet of luggage space in the rear, will happily carpool on weekdays, and entertain you on weekends at the racetrack if you actually go there.