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How to Spot a Trackhawk

The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk is the 707 hp, 645 lb-ft, 2,400-plus kg beast created when the mad geniuses at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles decided to mash up the biggest, baddest SUV they build with the Hellcat family of engines.

It's a wild concept that will retail for $109,995 in Canada, and instantly makes the Jeep Grand Cherokee the most potent and powerful SUV on the road.

But, Jeep is being surprisingly subtle about the Trackhawk. It is almost indistinguishable from the "normal" Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT – even the hood is the same.

If you're a keen-eyed observer though, it is possible to spot the difference.

Here's how:

First off, there's the badging. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk gets a subtle "Trackhawk" badge on the tailgate, plus a far-less-subtle "Supercharged" badge on the door.

If you'd like to really impress your friends, you can spot the Trackhawk in more subtle ways.

For example, these 20-inch rims are standard on the Trackhawk and unique to it. There is also a unique set of black upgrade units.

Really, really keen-eyed observers will notice there are no fog lights on a Trackhawk .Why? Because this opening in the bottom-left grill fascia is a cold air intake to feed that massive supercharger.

By now, you've probably notice that flash of yellow poking out from behind the wheels. That flash is the six-piston Brembo brake caliper (four on the rear) fitted to the Trackhawk. If the caliper is yellow, it's a Trackhawk. Not yellow? Not a Trackhawk.

How good is your spatial reckoning? If you can measure distance with your eyes better than most can with a vernier, you will probably notice the Trackhawk sits about an inch (22.4 mm) lower than a regular SRT. That's courtesy of a specially tuned adaptive suspension.

The exhaust on a Trackhawk is different too. Outwardly, you can tell by the quad-tip exhaust (regular SRT units get a dual-tip exhaust).

Of course, if you get close enough to open the hood, there's also the tell-tale sign of that beautiful big supercharger.