Hellcat + Wagoneer = Hellwagon
The Grand Wagoneer originally came with 5.9-liter V8 making 144 horsepower (108 kilowatts) and 280 pound-feet (380 Newton-meters) of torque running through a three-speed automatic with part-time four-wheel drive, including low-range gearing. Collins Bros Jeep build is using a Hellcat with an exhaust manifold from the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, so the output of 707 hp (527 kW) and 645 lb-ft (875) should provide a serious upgrade.
Collins also mentions making other upgrades to the company’s Hellwagon, and the tweaks should be largely invisible to someone unfamiliar with these classic SUVs. The concept sounds a lot like what Icon does with its modernized Land Cruisers and Broncos. We would suspect a suspension upgrade, more modern four-wheel-drive system, and wider tires to handle the extra power are among the most likely mechanical upgrades. Inside, Bluetooth support would be enough to allow for music streaming.
The video below offers a recent update on the project. The body is now off the chassis, and both parts are due for a cleaning. We can’t wait to see how this develops.