a 707 horsepower jeep

700+ horsepower in an vehicle originally conceived as an off roader...

700+ horsepower in an vehicle originally conceived as an off roader…

A 6.2 litre supercharged Hemi’ V8 producing 707 horsepower and 880 newton metres of torque under the bonnet of a Jeep Cherokee. And you thought BMW’s X6M was the most ridiculous performance off roader.

The very notion of a performance ‘off road’ vehicle is confusing to a large group of people, but appealing to an apparently larger group because the segment continues to grow. Chrysler Group’s recent decision to confirm that they are fitting their Hellcat motor to a vehicle that should be in Moab, not Martinsville Speedway, has added further doubts to whether anyone will in-fact discover when enough really is enough. The ‘Track hawk’ as it set to be known, apart from having one of the most American names conceivable, is believed to be able to accelerate from rest to 100 kilometres per hour in just over three seconds. These performance figures are yet to be confirmed with Car and Driver Magazine reporting that Chrysler is having trouble figuring out how to stop the Track Hawk’s drivetrain from turning to a fine mechanical paste with four-wheel-drive grip and the previously mentioned 880 newton metres of torque.

The Track Hawk will be the most powerful of a confusing bunch of vehicles. Porsche’s Cayenne Turbo S, which used to hold the crown for most ridiculous performance car with off road pretensions has a measly 561 horsepower, while BMW’s recently rejuvenated X5 and X6M can ‘only’ muster a scant 567 horsepower. So when it’s released the Track Hawk will be the most powerful performance off roader, which if you ask me is a bit like being the world’s shortest ladder…kind of pointless.

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