Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Jeep | posted March 11, 2016 11:21
In commemoration of 50th Annual Easter Jeep Safari
Jeep has unveiled a new kind of Wrangler for its 50th Annual Easter Safari. The company has fitted the the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat V-8 engine to create the Trailcat. Not only does it get a muscle car engine, it also receives a host of upgrades for extreme off-roading.
The standard Wrangler body remains but the standard doors, tailgate and roof have been deleted. It now gets tubular doors, a half tailgate and a rollcage with a canopy top for weather protection. The windshield has also been lowered by two inches and gets a vented clamshell hood with a power dome. Steel bumpers replace the standard plastic units and the front gets a pair of LED spot lights. In addition, the wheelbase has been stretched another 300 mm to accommodate the Hellcat engine and the 39.5-inch BFGoodrich Krawler T/A tires. Other upgrades made for off-roading include Dana 60 axles front and rear, Fox shocks on all corners and a two-inch lift.
Inside, the Wrangler dashboard carries over while the standard seats have been replaced by the ones used in Dodge Viper. It also gets a pair of Corbeau 4-point harnesses. Green stitching is seen throughout the cabin and a special Hellcat-embossed gear shifter completes the changes made to the interior.
As previously mentioned, the Wrangler Trailcat is powered by the supercharged 6.2 liter HEMI Hellcat V8 engine lifted straight out of the Charger and Challenger Hellcat which puts out 717 PS and 880 Nm of torque. Unlike the Charger and Challenger, the Wrangler Trailcat gets a six-speed manual transmission instead of the eight-speed automatic.
While there are currently no plans of putting the Jeep Wrangler Trailcat into production, the company will be unveiling a different Hellcat-powered model in the form of the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. The high performance Grand Cherokee is due to arrive in the US market by 2017.