Watch Jeep Trackhawk Race Tesla Model Y Performance And Model X Performance
Can the 707 hp Trackhawk take down Tesla’s fastest SUV?
The Jeep Trackhawk is an absolute beast on the road as well as the track. I know first-hand, as I recently had the opportunity to ride in one. But is the Trackhawk’s 707 hp and 645 lb-ft torque enough to beat the top-performing SUVs from Tesla?
Our friends Thomas and James from the YouTube channel Throttle House set out to answer that question once and for all. They lined up a 2020 Jeep Trackhawk against a Tesla Model X Performance and a Tesla Model Y Performance.
The duo says their initial intent was to race the Model Y Performance against the Trackhawk but realized the Tesla fans would call foul if they didn’t bring the baddest SUV Tesla has to offer to the party. Technically, the Model Y isn’t really an SUV, it’s a compact crossover utility vehicle, or, CUV, but it does belong in this lineup, in our opinion at least.
There isn’t a perfect apples to apples comparison here, but the Model X Performance is definitely a closer Trackhawk competitor than the Model Y Performance. The Model Y Performace is substantially smaller and less expensive than both the Trackhawk and the Model X, starting out at $60,990. The Jeep Trackhawk has a starting MRSP of $87,400 and the Model X Performance begins at $99,990. The Trackhawk I rode in had an MSRP just north of $100,000.
The Tesla Model X Performance barely edges out the Trackhawk in the standing quarter-mile.
So the guys line them all up for a quarter-mile run in which the Model X Performance barrel edges out the Supercharged 6.2L, V8 Cherokee. The Model Y Performance wasn’t far behind, and, crossed the line moments behind the Trackhawk.
The rolling race ended a little differently, with the Model X Performance once again winning, but this time, the Model Y Performance beat the Trackhawk – and by a decent margin. In the end, the guys awarded the Trackhawk the “Best Soundtrack Award” for its snarling exhaust sound, but it lost to one Tesla in the standing quarter-mile, and the both Teslas in the rolling run.
Lined up and ready to run
So I guess Thomas and James decided they needed to make up an award so Trackhawk fans didn’t go home empty-handed. After all, we are in the era of “participation awards”, right?
Surprised with the results? I have to admit I am a little surprised that the Model Y Performance beat the Trackhawk in the rolling-start race. I expected the Trackhawk to do better in that run. As always, let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.
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