Jeep Trailcat Is the 707-hp Hellcat-Powered Wrangler from Hell (2024)

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By Alexander Stoklosa
Jeep Trailcat Is the 707-hp Hellcat-Powered Wrangler from Hell (3)

Everyone, please welcome the 707-hp Jeep Wrangler you didn’t know you were waiting for yet secretly hoped Chrysler would someday build. The Jeep Trailcat, created for Jeep’s 50th annual Easter Safari fan fest in Moab, Utah, has between its frame rails the very same supercharged V-8 Hellcat engine that has been decimating Dodge Challenger and Charger tires since 2014. This is the best worst idea ever!

You can figure out where the Trailcat name came from, so we’ll skip that explanation and get right down to the important issue here: This Wrangler has a Hellcat engine, and it’s bolted to a six-speed manual transmission (!). That’s the only data point that matters. Jeep says it lengthened the Trailcat’s wheelbase by 12 inches over that of a regular Wrangler to help the engine fit, or maybe to try to imbue this monster with some dynamic civility. But really, why even try?

Colossal 39.5-inch BFGoodrich Krawler T/A tires, Fox shocks, and a two-inch lift perch the Jeep even farther above the pavement, and there are precisely zero aerodynamic elements added to the body to help this misshapen Titan missile tumble through the air. Since we imagine any high-speed run in the Trailcat would feel like riding a Hellcat-powered knuckleball, it’s probably a good thing Jeep sourced well-bolstered bucket seats from the Dodge Viper to hold occupants in terror-filled situ.

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A custom shift knob with the Hellcat logo on it, Dana 60 axles front and rear, a two-inch-lower windshield, a domed and vented hood, tubular half-doors, LED headlights, and rock rails round out the Trailcat’s list of modifications.

Jeep modestly claims the Trailcat is “equally at home on Moab’s rugged trails or a high-speed section.” We’d say the Hellwrangler is also at home on any common health-hazard list, and yet, we desperately want to drive the thing. It doesn’t matter to us that donning a meat suit and locking ourselves in a tiger cage seems like a safer alternative. The Trailcat is Jeep’s challenge to every car nut’s sense of invincibility and skill. We’re in.

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The vehicle might seem unhinged, but you could almost call the Trailcat’s gestation predictable. Ever since the Hellcat engine debuted two years ago, we’ve jokingly prodded Fiat Chrysler reps and engineers to “Hellcat all of the things,” to stuff that beastly engine into everything from a Fiat 500 to a Ram pickup. But then Fiat Chrysler’s design chief tweeted a sketch of a Hellcat-powered Chrysler Pacifica minivan—in jest, we think—and rumors of a Hellcat-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT model turned out to be true. What’s next? A Fiat 124 Spider with a Hellcat, to fill the void left since Carroll Shelby stopped turning out original Cobras? But we’re getting ahead of ourselves here—and away from the 50th running of the Easter Jeep Safari, where the Trailcat is sure to be a hit.

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Alexander Stoklosa has been editing, writing, and reviewing cars for Car and Driver since 2010. Occasionally, he takes a subpar photograph or whips together a cheesy illustration to the chagrin of C/D’s art staff. More often he can be found taking needlessly contrarian positions in inter-office car debates.

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Jeep Trailcat Is the 707-hp Hellcat-Powered Wrangler from Hell (2024)


Is the Jeep Trailcat a real car? ›

While the Trailcat remains a concept car, it is far from a mere pretty face. It embodies Jeep's dedication to creating functional and capable vehicles that can stand up to the toughest challenges.

How much horsepower does a Jeep Trailcat 707 have? ›

Sporting a ferocious supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine borrowed from the Dodge Hellcat, the Trailcat boasts an astonishing 707 horsepower and 89.9kgm of torque. By comparison, the production Wrangler's maximum 285 horsepower seems tame in comparison, underscoring the Trailcat's status as a true powerhouse.

Can you buy a Jeep Wrangler with a Hellcat engine? ›

You not only can come in with your current Wrangler or Gladiator, but you can also reserve a custom Hellcat Wrangler or Gladiator to purchase directly from our dealership! This an opportunity you don't want to miss out on. These motors are one of a kind and provide you with the thrilling drive you've been craving.

Does the Jeep Trailcat have a Hellcat engine? ›

The Jeep Trailcat, created for Jeep's 50th annual Easter Safari fan fest in Moab, Utah, has between its frame rails the very same supercharged V-8 Hellcat engine that has been decimating Dodge Challenger and Charger tires since 2014.

How much is a Hellcat Jeep Wrangler? ›

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What Jeep has the same engine as a Hellcat? ›

Engine, Power and Performance

The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will have the same engine that is in the Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcat models. The engine is a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI SRT Hellcat V8 engine and it produces 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque.

What Jeep is faster than the Hellcat? ›

The unique advantage of the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk lies with its all-wheel-drive system that helped get the power down much easier than the rear-wheel-drive Hellcats at Dodge. This quickly made the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk the darling of the drag strip thanks to its insane launches and easily repeatable runs.

Which Jeep Wrangler has the most HP? ›


How fast can a Jeep Hellcat go? ›

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk can hit a top speed of 180 mph. Sporting a 6.2-liter Hellcat Hemi V-8 engine that came from the Charger and Challenger, the Trackhawk only needs 3.5 seconds to go from 0-62 mph一a rare feat for SUVs.

How fast is a Hellcat Jeep? ›

The top speed for the Hellcat is 203 MPH.

What is the biggest engine you can get in a Jeep Wrangler? ›

What is the biggest engine size available in a Jeep Wrangler? - Quora. The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 is equipped with the formidable 6.4L HEMI V8, delivering an impressive 470 horsepower and torque for exhilarating off-roading and robust towing capabilities.

How much does it cost to swap a Hellcat engine? ›

Hemi Swaps depending on the mods and fabrications can easily total $35-40K+ parts & labor. LS Swaps depending on the generation and mods, ballpark starting at $12K-$25K+ for parts & labor for completed swap ready to ride out. It all comes down to your preference of horsepower, performance, mods, and budget.

What's the difference between a Hemi and a Hellcat engine? ›

2023 Scat Pack models harness a 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine to make 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. 2023 Hellcat models scream to life with a 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V-8 making 717 horsepower. The Hellcat engine makes 656 pound-feet of torque in the Challenger and 650 pound-feet of torque in the Charger.

Is a Hellcat a real car? ›

If you ask Dodge reps, “Hellcat” refers only to vehicles made by Dodge, machines powered by a supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8. On the street, though, “Hellcat” can refer to any vehicle powered by that engine. At press time, that count is just five: Three Dodges (two cars, one SUV), one Ram truck, and a Jeep.

Are Chrysler Hellcats real? ›

(Chrysler did not get a Hellcat-equipped model but some hot rodders have created them.) All are based on a destroked truck 392 (a BGE-derived 6.4-liter iron truck block with the 392's 4.09-inch bore but the shorter 3.58-inch stroke of the 5.7-liter Hemi).

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