Brutal Jeep debuts

Colin Windell

Take 522 kW and 875 Nm forced out of a 6,2-litre
supercharged V8 engine, put that into a 4×4 and you get the new Jeep Trackhawk
that claims, currently, to be the most powerful and fastest SUV on earth.

Impressive as that might be, it does not stop there and the newcomer is equipped with the Jeep Quadra-Trac on-demand four-wheel-drive system, which includes an electronic limited-slip rear differential and a single-speed active transfer case. The new, full-time active transfer case uses forged steel chain sprockets and a wider chain for added strength and durability.

A strengthened rear drive shaft connects to a new, stronger rear axle. The differential features a revised housing design, revised ring-and-pinion tooth geometry and new four-point axle mounting scheme for better load distribution, additional torque capacity and overall durability. Torque is delivered to the rear wheels via new ultra-high-strength 300M low-alloy vacuum melted steel half-shafts with…

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