Dodge rocked the automotive world when it unleashed the fiery and sinister 707-horsepower Challenger Hellcat upon the earth.
Up until that point, an engine with 700 ponies was reserved for cars with exotic nameplates that had prices stretching into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
With the introduction of the Hellcat, Dodge managed to bring ungodly amounts of power to any mere mortal with a spare 60 grand and, not surprisingly, mortals have gobbled it up. Since dealers have no problems selling the Hellcat, the engine has migrated into the Charger and will next show up in the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
You read that right. Your friendly neighborhood family hauler might have a 707-hp secret. But that’s nothing compared with what could come after that:
A Hellcat-powered Wrangler.
Road & Track summed up the possibility like this:
Every year, Jeep builds a bunch of extreme off-road concepts for its Easter Safari in Moab. They’re always outstanding looking and inspire the worst kind of lust in us. Jeep just released some preview images of two concepts it’s making for this year, and one is making us incredibly excited. And nervous. Why?
It’s an illustration of a Wrangler with a very vented hood and the word “Trailcat” on the fender.
What could that mean other than a Wrangler with a supercharged, 707-hp Hemi under the hood? In that case, it’s something very exciting, since we never expected Jeep to put all that power under the hood of its lightest truck.
Some people might not believe that a 707-hp engine in a lightweight 4×4 is a good idea. There are, however, aftermarket customization shops that will happily stuff a Hellcat into a Wrangler if you ask nicely enough, so there’s no question that a demand exists. I have no comment on the logical reasoning behind that demand.
The Jeep Trailcat is just a concept (for now) and we won’t know for sure what exactly lurks under the hood for a few more weeks, but with a name like that, the Wrangler fan base has reason to be excited.
Would you test-drive a 707-hp Jeep Wrangler?