When FCA decided that they were going to stuff the Hellcat V8 into a Jeep, the collective automotive world agreed that the idea was ludicrous, if not brilliant. Why not take the most awarded SUV of all time and give it a powertrain fit for changing the Earth’s rotation? The resulting Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the definitive muscle SUV on the market here in the U.S., but it is also sold abroad. While we’re used to seeing hopped-up Mopars coming out of U.S. tuning shops, we’d like to introduce you to the O.CT Tuning Jeep Hellhound.
O.CT Tuning is an Austrian tuning house that was founded back in 1994. The company specializes in software optimization for turbocharged and supercharged vehicles, and they know how to make some seriously big power. For some Europeans the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s measly 707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque just won’t do, and O.CT has risen to the challenge. The all-new Jeep Hellhound Stage 2 package delivers a ridiculous 876 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque. That rivals the likes of a Trackhawk package offered by Germany’s Geiger Cars, which delivers 890 horses of blitzkrieg.
It’s certainly nice to see this type of work from a region of the world that currently features a surplus of performance SUVs of their own. Even so, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, BMW X5 M, and Mercedes-Benz GLC 63 AMG are pedestrian mall crawlers compared to this American missile.
Those figures represent massive gains of 169 horsepower and 93 lb-ft of torque over the standard SUV. Thanks to the added shove, the Jeep Hellhound is capable of accelerating from 0-62 mph in just 3.0 seconds before going on to reach a top speed of 186 mph. Not too bad for a 5,363 pound family SUV.
O.CT Tuning recognized that the Stage 2 Jeep Hellhound package was going to be a bit much, even for buyers looking at 700+ horsepower SUVs. That is why the company has also decided to offer a more toned back Stage 1 package, which is much more reasonable with only 808 horsepower and 700 lb-ft of torque.
While we don’t often think of Europeans as the target market for our indulgent muscle trucks, O.CT Tuning obviously knows their customers. With all of the talk in Europe surrounding electrification and reducing emissions, it is more than a little funny to see such a brutish Austrian-American project hitting the pavement.