Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has no plans to build a Hellcat-infused Jeep Gladiator, but that’s not stopping others from filling in the void. The Wrangler-based pickup is just beginning to make its way into public hands, but we’re already seeing Hellcat swaps, and yes, we mean swaps, as in more than one. The latest, however, goes beyond a mere engine change, because 707 horsepower is so average these days. Naturally, this mega-monster comes from Hennessey Performance, and as far as we can tell, this is the first 1,000-hp Gladiator on Planet Earth.
It’s called the Hennessey Maximus 1000, and it starts with the aforementioned 6.2-liter Hellcat V8. From there, Hennessey plugs in its HPE1000 engine upgrade, and since the Hellcat isn’t native to the Gladiator, the ECU, wiring harness, radiator, and fuel system are upgrades as well. A new stainless steel exhaust system ensures the engine can breathe, and though we haven’t seen a video of the Maximus in action, we suspect the exhaust also produces a proper demonic V8 roar.
Gallery: Hennessey Maximus Jeep Gladiator
As the photos show, this isn’t just a tire-killing Gladiator. Hennessey goes after the suspension as well, adding a six-inch lift that supports 20-inch custom wheels and a big set of BF Goodrich KD off-road rubber. On the appearance side, custom front and rear bumpers are added along with LED lights, and occupants travel in an upgraded greenhouse filled with leather.
It all sounds pretty fantastic, but as you probably expect, owning a 1,000-hp Jeep called Maximus isn’t easy. For starters, you’ll need $200,000 burning a hole in your wallet, though Hennessey does say the price includes the base Gladiator.
“Our clients want exclusive, extreme vehicles that deliver a fun and exciting driving experience both on and off-road,” said company founder John Hennessey.
The second – and perhaps more challenging issue – is production. Only 24 such beasts are on the docket for construction, making it as rare as it is powerful. The production run starts in July with a target of building two per month, though it will take Hennessey a few months to get things rolling.
Source: Hennessey Performance
HENNESSEY MAXIMUS 1000 - THE ULTIMATE JEEP GLADIATOR
Texas Tuner Upgrades the 2020 Jeep Gladiator with 1000 HP Hellcat Supercharged V8
(May 29, 2019) — Hennessey Performance has created the ultimate Jeep Gladiator: MAXIMUS 1000. The Texas tuning powerhouse has taken the new Jeep Gladiator truck and installed the 6.2L supercharged V8 Hellcat engine and turned the power up to 11. “We wanted to create the ultimate Jeep Gladiator,” said company founder and chief horsepower evangelist, John Hennessey. “MAXIMUS 1000 – the name says exactly what it is: Badassery on 4-wheels.”
The 2020 Hennessey MAXIMUS 1000 includes:
New 2020 Jeep Gladiator Truck
6.2L Supercharged Hellcat V8 Engine
8-speed Automatic Transmission
HPE1000 Engine upgrade with 1000 HP & 933 lb-ft of Torque
ECU, Wiring Harnesses, Radiator, Fuel System
Stainless Steel Exhaust System
MAXIMUS Front & Rear Bumpers
Hennessey 20-inch Wheels
BFG 20-inch KD Off-Road Tires
Upgraded Suspension System with 6-inch Lift
Custom Interior Leather Upgrade with Hennessey & MAXIMUS Embroidered Seats
3 Year / 36,000 Mile Warranty
Production is very exclusive and limited to just 24 units. The complete cost for the MAXIMUS 1000 is $200,000 US Dollars which includes the base Jeep Gladiator truck. Production will begin in July and build time for each vehicle will be approximately four months. The company plans to build two units per month.
“Our clients want exclusive, extreme vehicles that deliver a fun and exciting driving experience both on and off-road,” said Hennessey. “Win the crowd and you’ll win your freedom was the advice that the elder gladiator gave to Russell Crow in the Gladiator movie. We could not agree more!”