Jeep CEO Mike Manley has let the Hellcat out of the bag by confirming a ‘bad kitty’ version of the Grand Cherokee will be on sale before the end of next year.
The announcement was made following Manley’s recent press conference at the Detroit motor show and puts to bed months of speculation that a Hellcat super hi-po version of the Grand Cherokee was under development.
The transformation from Grand Cherokee to Hellcat involves shoehorning the supercharged 6.2-litre V8 from the Dodge Challenger SRT into the ritzy Jeep off-roader. Yep, you read that right, 527kW and 800Nm.
We reckon that’s enough to drive up big hills and tow stuff.
With an expected kerb weight of around 2300kgs, and an all-wheel drive system, the Hellcat GC is expected to take less than four seconds to reach 100km/h and have a top speed around 300km/h.
How will it go off-road? Well, it probably won’t, but it will offer an epic on-road adventure for those who dare.
Australian delivery isn’t a sure thing, but the Hellcat is being built in right hand drive so you could say it’s half-way here already. The popularity of the SRT models in this country would ensure the Hellcat receives a grand reception.