Every year, Jeep puts together a collection of awesome concepts for the annual springtime Easter Jeep Safari. Generally, those concepts range from lightly-modded factory Jeeps sporting Mopar catalog items, to extreme one-off concepts. Here's what Jeep has for us this year, including—yes—a Hellcat-powered Wrangler. It's the 50th anniversary of the Easter Jeep Safari, and the 75th anniversary of the Jeep brand, so you know the folks at Jeep went all-out this year.
We knew this was coming based on last week's teaser image. It's here, and it's exactly as radical as we expected. Jeep slammed a 707-hp Hellcat supercharged V8 under a current-generation Wrangler's hood, hooked it up to a six-speed manual with a Hellcat logo shifter, and sent the power to all four wheels. Maybe this is the first Hellcat product that will actually get traction?
The Trailcat is no ordinary Wrangler, though. Stretched 12 inches over a stocker, with a two-inch chopped windshield, it's got wicked proportions befitting a 707-horse off-roader. Sitting on 17-inch beadlock wheels wrapped in 39.5-inch BF Goodrich Krawler tires, you know it's got the grip for low-speed crawling or full-throttle desert blasts. Inside, bucket seats from the Dodge Viper work hard to keep you in place. It's a winner