Matt Robinson profile picture Matt Robinson 4 months ago 11
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Hennessey Has Stuffed A 1000bhp Hellcat Engine In The Jeep Gladiator

The Hennessey Maximus is a Jeep Gladiator with its 3.6-litre V6 replaced with a tuned 6.2-litre supercharged V8

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Jeep - Hennessey Has Stuffed A 1000bhp Hellcat Engine In The Jeep Gladiator - Tuning

Although we’re rather keen on the idea of the Jeep Gladiator, it doesn’t have anything particularly exciting going on in the engine department. Your only option right now is a 3.6-litre Pentastar V6, with a 3.0-litre diesel engine joining the range next year.

Worthy, sensible powerplants, but wouldn’t it be good if there was a silly V8 option? Hennessey clearly agrees. But the firm won’t just put any old eight-banger under the hood of the stretched Wrangler. Nope - the Texan tuner will - if asked nicely - fit a 6.2-litre Hellcat supercharged V8 in there for you. And tune it to nearly 1000bhp.

Jeep - Hennessey Has Stuffed A 1000bhp Hellcat Engine In The Jeep Gladiator - Tuning

The name for the ultimate Gladiator? It’s called Maximus 1000It, obviously. Well played, Hennessey, well played.

Along with the engine, the conversion includes a stainless steel exhaust system, new suspension with a six-inch lift, redesigned front and rear bumpers, LED lights, and 20-inch Hennessey wheels shod in BF Goodrich KD all-terrain tyres. The cabin, meanwhile, is treated to upgraded leather upholstery with Maximus embroidered seats.

Jeep - Hennessey Has Stuffed A 1000bhp Hellcat Engine In The Jeep Gladiator - Tuning

The Hennessey Maximus 1000 is not cheap, though - you’re looking at $200,000 in total, which is over four times the price of a standard Gladiator Rubicon.

Hennessey is only making 24 of them, though, so it shouldn’t have much trouble shifting them.