No one does big power like the Americas. We like to put monster V8s, with absurd power figures, in almost everything. It’s sort of our thing. Which is why you’ll find such oddities as the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, a midsize SUV with a liter Dodge Hellcat engine. It’s the most powerful production SUV in the world and one of the very fastest. So can the modestly powerful, but surprisingly fast, Audi RS Q8 keep up?
It’s shocking to call an SUV with a 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 making 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque “modestly powerful” but in this modern era of insane power figures, the Audi RS Q8 is just that — modest. Compared to the Jeep Trackhawk, the big Audi seems puny. Its 6.2 liter supercharged Hellcat V8 makes an astonishing 710 horsepower and 649 lb-ft of torque. Both cars have ZF eight-speed automatic transmissions and all-wheel drive. The Jeep is heavier, though, at 5,355 lbs, compared to the Audi RS Q8’s 5,103 lbs. So which is quicker in the quarter mile? Carwow recently found out.
In this new video, Carwow’s Mat Watson takes the wheel of the Jeep Trackhawk and finds out if the Audi RS Q8 can beat it. They do three different standing quarter-mile drag races, with slightly different outcomes. Each car wins at least one drag race but one of them wins two. I won’t spoil it for you, as you should watch the video because it’s genuinely entertaining, but the winner did actually surprise me.
Standing quarter-mile races aren’t the only ones in this test, though. They also do rolling races and a brake test, to sort of round out their performance abilities. Thankfully for the Trackhawk, Watson didn’t do any kind of circuit racing test, as the RS Q8 would most likely dominate the Jeep, as it’s just such an impressive thing through twisty bends. Still, these big performance SUVs aren’t going to see any track time in the real world and their merits will be based on how they perform at stop-light drag races. So check the video out.