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Chrysler Built The Hellcat Powered Jeep Wrangler Everybody Wanted, But Never Sold It
By ALEX HEVESY
The Jeep Wrangler is such a popular vehicle that it has birthed an entire subculture, and for good or bad, the Dodge Hellcat series of vehicles also enjoy an immense popularity. Like peanut butter and jelly go together, it's only reasonable that Chrysler/Stellantis would consider shoving a Hellcat motor into a Jeep – and they did.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk became the fire-breathing monster sport-utility vehicle every Jeep enthusiast never knew they needed, and for a brief time, it was one of the fastest SUVs in the world and fans were elated. At least until the Jeep Wrangler Trailcat appeared; but the world was not ready for this beast that was deemed too dangerous.
For Jeep's 75th anniversary, the brand unveiled a series of concept vehicles, but one Jeep stood out: the Wrangler Trailcat. The Trailcat sported a six-speed manual transmission, 39.5-inch mud tires, and the supercharged 6.2L V8 for the extreme off-roading fan. With that engine came 707-horsepower and the ability to climb rocks faster than any vehicle should.
Unfortunately, the Jeep Wrangler Trailcat concept vehicle would remain only a concept, owing to extreme safety concerns. Jalopnik reported that Tim Kuniskis, head of the North American Jeep brand, claimed that the vehicle would simply be too dangerous, having more horsepower than some supercars.