About 200 Australians have already put their money down, with the first 62 special edition models selling out in three weeks, before pricing was even announced.
"We don't have limitations [such as CAFE average fuel economy standards] like other countries do, we can bring in as many as we want," said Jeep Australia's president and CEO, Steve Zanlunghi.
"Because the country loves V8s, petrol-heads, we think we will be probably the second-largest country in the world outside of the US," he added.
The Trackhawk gets the 6.2-litre supercharged Hemi V8 engine from the Challenger and Charger Hellcat, with a terrifying 522kW and 868Nm.
This puts it behind only the Ferrari 812 Superfast and Lamborghini Aventador S for power, and equal to the (1017Nm) Bentley Continental Supersports. That said, the Tesla Model X electric SUV has more torque.
The $135k Trackhawk is $44,000 pricer than the former range-topper, the SRT, which will remain on sale concurrently, still powered by a 6.4-litre Hemi making a meagre 344kW/624Nm.
Matched to the Trackhawk’s supercharged V8 is an eight-speed ‘TorqueFlite’ eight-speed automatic gearbox that would want to be properly tough.
Jeep claims a 0-100km/h sprint time of just 3.7 seconds – six-tenths slower than a Model X P100D, but equal to a 991 series Porsche 911 4 GTS – and a top speed of 289km/h. Not bad for a 2.3-tonne shed.
Oh, it also uses a claimed 16.8 litres of fuel per 100km on the combined cycle. If you’re stuck on Punt Rd at 8am, you won’t see below 20s…
- Quadra-Trac on-demand 4×4 system
- Rear electronic LSD
- Heavy duty engine cooling
- Launch control
- SRT instrument cluster
- Brembo brakes
- Active damping suspension
- Selectable steering modes
- Forward Collision Warning
- Lane Departure Warning
- Blind Spot Monitoring
- Rear Cross Path Detection
- Park Assist
- Adaptive cruise control
- Tyre pressure monitoring
- Trailer Sway Control
- Enhanced Accident Response System
- 8.4-inch display
- Satellite navigation
- Apple CarplayAndroid Auto
- 19 speaker Harman Kardon audio system, 825W Amplifier
- 20-inch wheels