Every Jeep® fan in Vicksburg has a favorite model from the lineup, but if we’re all being honest about it, we have to know that the Wrangler probably tops more people’s lists than any other model the marque currently manufactures. Even as-is, it’s one of the most fun automobiles to drive on the face of the planet, and with only a handful of Mopar enhancements, it very quickly turns into something that much more closely resembles an off-road toy than any sort of day-to-day utilitarian automobile.
Knowing all of this, imagine how we felt here at Vicksburg Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM when news came out that Jeep was planning on running a Hellcat version of the 2016 Jeep Wrangler at this year’s Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. Working under the concept badge of “Trailcat,” this modified Wrangler most notably features the same 6.2-liter V8 engine that was featured last year in both the Dodge Charger Hellcat and the Dodge Challenger Hellcat. Like in those other models, this powertrain still pushes out an undeniably impressive 707 horsepower, which obviously is more than enough to rip up any surface it ultimately drives on. Whoever ends up behind the wheel of this baby in Moab is in for the drive their life.
Other special features in the Trailcat include sport seats like those in the Dodge Viper, huge 39.5-inch BF Goodrich off-road tires ,and special axles and shocks to further improve the off-road experience.
Of all the Jeeps for sale currently, none boast quite so strong a list of features as the Trailcat, which makes it such a bummer that this vehicle isn’t likely headed for production. Instead, we’ll have to keep hoping for that Jeep Grand Cherokee Hellcat and hope that the Trailcat is just a bit of a sneak preview.