There are various challenges attached to creating a vehicle with an output of 707 horsepower. First of all, the vehicle will have to be constantly supplied with a generous stream of fuel. Apparently, that task proved to be too much for one of the suppliers of the components for the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that the fuel lines of this Trackhawk could detach. And when that happens, not only will the 6.2 liter supercharged V8 engine starve, but it will also start a fire.
Having said that, the FCA has reportedly recalled 1,242 units of these models in the United States to check and repair their fuel lines. The automaker estimates that these models were produced between October 10 during the beginning of the production and December 10, which is when a new quality control process was initiated. Lower versions of the Grand Cherokee are not affected here even if they have been furnished by the same supplier. This is because their fuel lines were made on a separate production line.
The recall process is scheduled to begin on March 2. For now, the manufacturer has halted sales of units that are still sitting in the dealer lots.
Among the FCA’s pool of cars, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the third model to be fitted with the Hellcat’s engine. The first two are the Dodge Charger sedan and Challenger coupe. Under its hood is a 6.4 liter Hemi V8 that has been modified to fit a longer camshaft. It has also been given a supercharger so it can produce as much as 707 horsepower and 645 pound feet of torque.
Unlike the Charger and the Challenger that are offered with an all wheel drive variant, the Trackhawk is the only model that pairs the Hellcat engine with a four wheel traction. This lets the Grand Cherokee accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in just 3.5 seconds, and continue on to cover a quarter mile in 11.6 seconds, before maxing out at 180 miles per hour.
The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is currently the most powerful SUV in the world right now. In fact, not even the Lamborghini Urus can outplay it.
If you’re reading this and you own a Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, ask your dealer if your unit is among those affected by the recall. There’s absolutely no reason to delay the inspection and repair of the fuel lines as the repercussions could be serious in this case.