Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Sets Top Speed Record on Icy Lake

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Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

Hitting top speeds of 174 mph, the Jeep set a new record and demonstrated why it is the most powerful SUV on the market. 

We were already impressed with the performance of the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. But Jeep just proved it is still pushing harder than any other SUV in the game. Jeep journeyed to Lake Baikal in Russia to make some history, and maybe bend the laws of physics. At this year’s annual 2019 Speed Days of the Baikal Ice Motor Sports Festival, Jeep set a record for the fastest SUV driven on ice.

Powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine, the 710 hp Jeep took to the frozen lake. With 645 lb.-ft of torque and a mighty Hemi, the Jeep practically melted the ice. The Russian Automobile Federation (RAF) clocked the average speed as 62 mph in just 3.7 seconds, with a top speed of 174 mph. Again, that is 174 mph on the ice. In Siberia.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

To prep for the race, the Trackhawk was fitted with a grippy Brembo brake system. The Quadra-Trac on-demand four-wheel-drive system, which includes an electronic limited-slip rear differential and a single-speed active transfer case, added extra traction.

The Selec-Track system includes five modes; Auto, Sport, Track, Snow, and Tow, which gives the driver more options for addressing the terrain.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

It’s a crazy achievement, but we’re going to leave this one to the professionals. In other words, do not try this at home.

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