Hennessey Throws a Tuned Hellcat Engine into a Gladiator
It might seem like everybody's dropped a Hellcat into the Gladiator these days, but Hennessey predictably built the most extreme swap of the bunch.
Gladiator from Hell
We've been waiting for a new Jeep pickup for what seems like an eternity. So when the Gladiator finally dropped, the aftermarket wasted zero time making new parts for it. That includes a host of Hemi swaps, but Hennessey's take on things is (as always) the most extreme of the bunch.
Photos: Hennessey Performance
After all, anybody can cram a stock Hellcat engine into one of these things, and that's obviously more than enough. But Hennessey always takes their builds a little bit further. And the Maximus 1000 Gladiator does just that with a 1,000 horsepower upgrade.
Badassery on 4 Wheels
We wanted to create the ultimate Jeep Gladiator," said company founder John Hennessey. “MAXIMUS 1000 – the name says exactly what it is: Badassery on 4-wheels.”
This ultimate Gladiator also pumps out a stump-pulling 933 lb-ft of torque, if you were interested. And if that's a tad bit too much, Hennessey also offers a "mere" 850-hp package. Either way, that power flows through an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Tame Those Horses
Of course, there are plenty of other upgrades to help manage those ponies. They include a newly tuned ECU, all-new wiring, a bigger radiator, free-flowing fuel system, and a full stainless steel exhaust.
Tough and Bright
The Maximus Gladiator also features unique front and rear bumpers that give it a rather tough look, not to mention special LED lighting to brighten up the trails a bit.
Still a Jeep
To give the Maximus Gladiator a bit more ground clearance, Hennessey also installs a 6-inch lift kit. Because even though it has 1,000 horsepower, this is still a Jeep, after all.
Fill 'Er Up
Then, Hennessey fills the newly found wheel gap with a set of its own custom 20" wheels, which are wrapped in nice and knobby BF Goodrich KD Off-Road tires.
Let Them Know
Finishing off this nice package is a custom leather interior with, of course, plenty of Hennessey and Maximus embroidery to ensure everyone knows exactly what you're driving.
There's just one problem, of course. All of this awesomeness will set you back a cool $200k, and Hennessey is only building 24 of them. But can you really put a price on what is easily the ultimate Gladiator on the market?
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