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With the word “track” right there in its name, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk offers no surprises as the fastest production SUV on the planet. Engage launch control and rev the engine past what any reasonable driver might consider sensible and you’ll make all four tires scream on the way to a 3.7 second 0 to 60 mph run. Jeep says the Trackhawk will roar down the quarter mile in just 11.6 seconds, a number that would make the super powered muscle cars of the 1960s shudder with shame. With 707 horses rumbling under the hood, the Trackhawk is a testament to technology and the ability of Jeep to dream just a little bigger. Check in with the folks at Chapman Jeep to see when you might take a new Trackhawk for a test drive.

Launch Control gets Major Props

The aforementioned launch control is nothing but a button to the driver, but it leads to a complicated system that cuts the gas feed to each cylinder while you press on the brake and rev the engine. When you push the button, the blower on the supercharger builds up boost to 6.5 pounds per square inch, releasing all that energy once you take your foot off the brake. The result is what’s known in the drag racing industry as a “hole shot,” launching you off the line with a thunderous roar from the exhaust system.

Interior Built for Comfort

While vehicles built for racing usually shed unnecessary pounds to increase track times, Jeep recognizes that the Trackhawk will be used mostly as a daily driver. Jeep outfits the Trackhawk with the same plush interior as the Grand Cherokee SRT. There’s plenty of plush leather to go around, with big comfortable bolsters to hold you in place on those days when the daily driver turns into a track monster. Carbon fiber accents are not only beautiful, but help lighten the load to increase your track times. Jeep’s patented UConnect infotainment system lets you stream concert quality sound from your phone as well as make hands-free phone calls.

It’s All About the Power

Let’s not kid ourselves. If you’re looking at a Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, chances are you heard about 700 plus horsepower and just had to see what kind of monster vehicle could house such an engine. The Trackhawk is a beautiful piece of design both inside and out that just happens to have more power than any other vehicle on the road. See it for yourself when you schedule a test drive at Chapman Jeep in Scottsdale.

Don’t be so fast to say goodbye to the proven JK Wrangler. Chrysler is coming out with a new version of the Jeep Wrangler for the 2019 model year, but announced recently the current JK body style will remain for the 2018 version. Chrysler is paying homage to this particular brand by issuing a “Wrangler JK” decal on the body. It also announced that there will be some new special edition versions of the Wrangler for this season, including an Altitude and Golden Eagle trim package. See all the special editions and take a test drive when they show up at Chapman Jeep in Scottsdale.

Special Editions Offer Special Features

The Altitude Wrangler will come with 18-inch wheels, special Bridgestone tires and an aggressive bulging hood. Black guards will surround the taillamps and fuel filler door, while the hard top will be issued in a matching body color. Inside the Altitude will feature black leather seats with contrasting gray stitching and interior accents in the color of “Liquid Titanium.” The Golden Eagle has a tan soft top and available matching half doors. Golden Eagle badging and bronze wheels add to the amenities, as do black cloth seats with bronze stitching. The grille will be the same color as the body, while the fender flares will also be in bronze.

All Wranglers Built for Off-road Adventure

The Wrangler offers a number of special edition packages with different features and colors, but one thing they all have in common is the ability to go where few other vehicles dare tread. As the iconic off-road adventure machine, the Jeep Wrangler offers features such as a power dome vented hood to help keep the engine cool, premium off-road rock rails, steel bumpers built to pull yourself out of a jam and a Dana 44 front axle inspired by military vehicles. Every Jeep Wrangler comes with a “Trail Rated” badge, showing that it can handle the toughest off-road conditions. To earn that badge the Wrangler has to pass tough tests related to maneuverability, traction, clearance, articulation and the ability to fjord shallow streams.

Wrangler Has the Power to Take You Higher

Scaling those remote mountain peaks are no problem for the Wrangler, which comes with the time-tested 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine. Rated at 21 mpg on the highway, the V6 delivers up to 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, more than enough to get you up those steep inclines. Locking differentials help provide the ultimate in traction, and features such as hill start and descent control keep you in command on those very steep parts of the trail. If you haven’t driven a Wrangler lately, now’s the time to head to Chapman Jeep and see why it’s the perfect vehicle for exploring the wild outdoors.