If a Jeep was ever to get a Hellcat engine transplant, the obvious recipient would be the performance-minded Grand Cherokee SRT (it's happening next year, by the way). With 475 horsepower on tap and four drive wheels, the SUV is plenty quick.
In the interim, Jeep has taken its supercharged 707 horsepower monster from the high-end Challenger / Charger and dropped it in a Wrangler because why the hell not?
Surprisingly enough, the 6.2-liter Hemi V8 looks right at home under the hood of the new Jeep Trailcat. Of course, Jeep had to lengthen the vehicle by a full foot to get it to fit but whatever. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission that powers massive 39.5-inch BF Goodrich Krawler T/A tires on 17-inch beadlock wheels.
Other goodies include Fox shocks, a two-inch lift kit, Dana 60 axles front and rear, a lowered windshield, seats from a Dodge Viper and a custom vented hood, just to name a few.
As you may have guessed, the Jeep Trailcat is a concept (for now) – one of several Jeep unveiled for the 50th annual Easter Jeep Safari taking place later this month in Moab, Utah. That means the Trailcat will likely never make it into production.
Personally, I'd like to see it line up against this V8 LSX-powered Jeep Willys.
Engine bay image via Car and Driver