Watch a Jeep Trackhawk battle it out against a Mercedes-AMG G 63 in drag race action.
SUVs are a big thing, and people are now using SUVs for far more than what they were originally intended. It used to be that SUVs were for taking the kids out camping in the great outdoors, but now they’re status symbols as much as any expensive European supercar.
Thus we have these two beasts of SUVs meet each other in single combat. The event we see here is the annual Spring Event that takes place in Weeze, Germany. The name is quite descriptive of the timing, but not so descriptive of exactly what people do there, which is show off and drag race.
The big star is a Mercedes-AMG G 63 courtesy of Akker.NL. Nominally a German audio company, we can assume that a few other tweaks were added to the G 63 to make it even more capable than stock.
When it rolled off the assembly line, the G 63 came with a 4.0-L twin-turbo V8 with 577 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty takes just 4.4 seconds, and you can see this particular G 63 goes at least that fast as it keeps up with a pair of Audi R8s in a few brief drag races.
But the big show is when a Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk arrives from Manhart. This one has been tweaked so its 6.2-L supercharged V8 produces even more power than the standard 707 horses that the transplanted Hellcat engine normally makes. Given the fact that Manhart calls it the GC800, we’re going to assume close to, if not more than, 800 hp.
This will also push the zero-to-sixty time way below the 3.5 seconds it normally takes on the Trackhawk.
In this slightly-less-than-standard-length drag race, we see the G 63 gets an enormous head start on the Trackhawk, but the Jeep is still able to push ahead just before reaching the finish line.
Sadly, we’re not sure if Manhart will ever put the GC800 up for sale in the same way other customer carmakers such as Hennessey have. A shame, since we’d love to see an all-tuned Trackhawk race.