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Jeep says the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the fastest SUV ever

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And it can tow up to 7,200 pounds!

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The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk has 707-horsepower and can go 0–60 in 3.5 seconds — Jeep says this makes it the quickest SUV ever, though we suspect Tesla might disagree since the Model X (which is really sort of a crossover) can make that run in 2.9 seconds.

A few years ago, Dodge released its Challenger and Charger Hellcat models: insanely powerful muscle cars equipped with a supercharged V8 that makes an astonishing 707-horsepower. Jeep engineers have spent the past few years figuring out how to jam that glorious Hellcat engine into a Jeep Grand Cherokee and, crucially, how to make it work with an all-wheel drive system without the whole thing exploding into little pieces.

With so many car companies focused on polar bear-friendly electric cars and improving fuel economy, it’s refreshing to see a car company so wholeheartedly embracing huge engines and cars that exist primarily to turn gasoline into noise and tire smoke.

Pricing (and fuel economy numbers) were not released. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will hit dealers late this year. It’ll be on display at the New York Auto Show beginning this week.