9 Fastest Jeep Ever Produced

Jeep has produced some significant performance-oriented vehicles in addition to its well-known off-road variants in its long history of producing SUVs.

The business built its first car during World War II, and shortly afterward, in 1945, it released its first production vehicle.

Since then, Jeep has come a long way, and these roughly 70 years of history have produced some superb vehicles that continue to command premium prices due to their performance and toughness.

While Jeep’s primary focus is on durability, the brand does not sacrifice speed. So let’s look at some of the fastest Jeeps ever produced.

9. Jeep CJ-2A

0-60 miles per hour: 21.7 seconds
Top Speed: 68 miles per hour

Power: 60 horsepower
 Torque: 105 pound-feet
 Released: 1945-1950

Jeep CJ-2Aphoto source: bringatrailer.com

Initially designed for commercial use like farming and ranching, the CJ acronym stood for Civilian Jeep or Universal Jeep. The driver’s seat and driver-side rearview mirror were included inside the Jeep CJ-2A.

Jeep’s first civilian car, the Jeep CJ, was released in 1945, and the Jeep CJ-2A was a more commercially developed derivative of the CJ, with a 2.2-liter inline-4 engine producing 60 HP and 105 lb-ft of torque. This equaled a 0-60 MPH time of 21.7 seconds and a top speed of 68 MPH.

The long list of choices was for the passenger seat, the rear seats, the canvas top, the welder, the mower, the snow plow, the dual taillights (which featured a right-side reflector), the dual-vacuum windshield wipers, and more.


8. Jeep DJ-3A

0-60 miles per hour: 18.1 seconds
Top Speed: 71 miles per hour

Power: 60 horsepower
 Torque: 105 pound-feet
 Released: 1950-1960

Jeep DJ-3Aphoto source: cdn.autoevolution.com

The Dispatcher Jeep was more polished, featuring a soft top, hardtop, and even a van. The DJ-3A that received the non-commercial arrangement was known as the Surrey Gala, and it featured a stripped fabric top with a matching interior and all of the seats.

It was popular in resorts and rentals, but it only came in three colors: pink, light blue, and light green, with pink being the most popular.


7. Jeep Cherokee SJ

0-60 miles per hour: 11.3 seconds
Top Speed: 102 miles per hour

Power: 195 horsepower
 Torque: 305 pound-feet
 Released: 1970-1980

Jeep Cherokee SJphoto source: motortrend.com

This model came standard with four-wheel drive and a three-speed manual or automatic transmission. Because it only had two doors, the Jeep Cherokee SJ was considered a sportier variant of the ordinary Jeep Wagoneer SJ.

The four-door was available beginning in 1977. However, the massive 6.6-liter AMC V8 was retired in 1978, and the manufacturer continued to offer the 4.2-liter inline-6 and the 5.9-liter V8 with 2 or 4-barrel carburetors. As a result, the 6.6-liter AMC V8 is Jeep’s largest engine.


6. Jeep Super Wagoneer

0-60 miles per hour: 9 seconds
Top Speed: 108 miles per hour

Power: 270 horsepower
 Torque: 360 pound-feet
 Released: 1960-1970

Jeep Super Wagoneerphoto source: i.pinimg.com

The Jeep Super Wagoneer was introduced in 1966 as a more luxurious and sportier version of the Jeep Wagoneer SJ. Still, it also came with an AMC (American Motor Corporation) engine, specifically an AMC 327 V8 engine with 270 HP and 360 lb-ft of torque, allowing it to do 0-60 MPH in 9 seconds and reach a top speed of 108 MPH.

Did You Know:

The Wagoneer was the first “luxury SUV,” with the first independent front suspension and automatic transmission in a 4X4 vehicle, the first overhead-cam six-cylinder truck engine, and the automatic full-time 4WD system.


5. Jeep Cherokee XJ

0-60 miles per hour: 8.6 seconds
Top Speed: 112 miles per hour

Power: 177 horsepower
 Torque: 224 pound-feet
 Released: 1980-1990

Jeep Cherokee XJphoto source: squarespace-cdn.com

The 4.0-liter inline-6 engine was available as an option for the 1987 Jeep Cherokee XJ. However, the vehicles from 1988 to 1990 produced 177 horsepower and 224 lb-ft of torque. With such figures, the Cherokee could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 8.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 112 mph.

The most popular version of this engine was released in 1991, when it received a power boost from Chrysler and delivered 190 HP and 225 lb-ft of torque, reducing the 0-60 MPH time slightly.

The XJ Cherokee, on the other hand, was a compact SUV rather than a full-size counterpart, and it was the first Jeep to use a unibody structure.


4. Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.9 Limited

0-60 miles per hour: 7.6 seconds
Top Speed: 127 miles per hour

Power: 245 horsepower
 Torque: 345 pound-feet
 Released: 1990-2000

Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.9 Limitedphoto source: automanager.blob.core.windows.net

The Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.9 Limited was only available for the 1998 model year, marking the end of the first generation of Grand Cherokee models.

The engine was taken from a Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck. All other parts, however, were supplied by Jeep.

It had 16-inch alloy wheels, premium leather-trimmed upholstery, an AM/FM stereo with cassette and CD players, and a 10-speaker sound system because it was a limited trim.

Did You Know:

Edmunds.com rated the Jeep Grand Cherokee one of the 2016 Most Popular Traditional Midsize SUVs. The vehicle in its segment that drew the greatest “car-shopper consideration” on the research and inventory pages was their definition of “most popular.”


3. Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

0-60 miles per hour: 4.8 seconds
Top Speed: 158 miles per hour

Power: 420 horsepower
 Torque: 420 pound-feet
 Released: 2000-2010

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8photo source: hips.hearstapps.com

A serious performance, the 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 achieved a 0-60 MPH time of 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 156 MPH. The SRT (Street and Racing Technology) section tuned a 6.1-liter HEMI V8 engine that produced 420 HP and 420 lb-ft of torque to provide performance like this.

Along with an upgrade to the SUV’s engine, the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 also received performance tuning for the suspension, Brembo brakes, and wider, stickier tires.

With an MSRP (manufacturer’s suggested retail price) of $39,995, it was a bargain considering its offered performance. Moreover, it enabled it to unseat the Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.9 Limited as the fastest SUV in the world.


2. Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392

0-60 miles per hour: 4.5 seconds
Top Speed: 100.5 miles per hour

Power: 470 horsepower
 Torque: 470 pound-feet
 Released: 2021-2022

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392photo source: motortrend.com

With a 0-60 MPH timing of 4.5 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 13.0 seconds, the 2022 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 is the fastest Jeep of this decade. It is an off-road vehicle with a performance-focused design. Due to the size of its off-road tires, its top speed is capped at 100.5 MPH.

The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 is powered by a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine with an 8-speed automatic transmission and Jeep’s Off-Road tuned 4X4 system, producing 470 HP and 470 lb-ft of torque.

The Xtreme Recon package, which is standard on the Wrangler Rubicon 392 and adds a 35-inch BF Goodrich all-terrain T/A KO2 tire and a 1.5-inch stock suspension raise, enables performance off-roading with ease.


1. Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

0-60 miles per hour: 3.5 seconds
Top Speed: 180 miles per hour

Power: 707 horsepower
 Torque: 645 pound-feet
 Released: 2011-2020

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawkphoto source: hips.hearstapps.com

The fastest Jeep ever produced is the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. It has the 6.2-liter HEMI V8 engine from the Dodge Challenger Hellcat, which is supercharged and produces 707 HP and 645 lb-ft of torque. Its 0-60 MPH time was 3.5 seconds, quarter-mile time was 11.6 seconds, and top speed was 180 MPH.

Like the SRT, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk has five driving modes: Auto, Sport, Track, Snow, and Tow for a luxurious driving experience. The driving experience is improved with substantial 15.75-inch Brembo performance brakes and a cutting-edge Quadra-Trac On-demand 4X4 system.

With an average speed of 174 MPH, the Trackhawk also established a new record for the quickest SUV powered by an ICE.

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