Hennessey’s gone ahead and built a 1,000-hp Jeep Gladiator
We now live in a world where gearheads can buy a Jeep pickup truck packing 1,000 horsepower. And as a proponent of everything that is over-the-top-iary, your author is totally fine with this development.
This psychotic level of Jeep-mania is brought to us by the folks at Hennessey, who’ve stuffed a 6.2-litre supercharged Hellcat V8 under its flat-brim hood and cranked the wick to eleven. They’re calling it the Maximus 1000.
“We wanted to create the ultimate Jeep Gladiator,” said company founder and chief horsepower evangelist John Hennessey, in what is surely the greatest understatement since astronaut Jim Lovell radioed Houston about a “problem.” Starring in a supporting role to the thousand horsepower are 933 lb.-ft. of torque.
The Hennessey team didn’t just plug in a Hellcat engine and call it a day. A model-specific set of natty bumpers are fitted, along with a stainless steel exhaust and a set of BFGs on 20-inch wheels.
It also stands taller than a stock Gladiator thanks to a 6-inch lift and upgraded suspension system. Details are scanty but one can easily see snazzy twin cylinders out back, incorporated into the rear suspenders.
Jeep spox have gone on record as saying the Hellcat engine will certainly fit between the fenders of a Gladiator, that but the automaker has little desire to pursue that option thanks to prohibitive crash test requirements.
Given that it would be a niche trim at best, that’s probably a good decision, especially since the aftermarket will provide plenty of opportunity for horsepower-crazed Jeep fans to get their fix.
Production is very exclusive and limited to just 24 units. The complete cost for the Maximus 1000 is a cool US$200,000, which generously includes the base Jeep Gladiator truck. I’d at least ask ‘em to toss in a set of floor mats.
Production will begin in July and build time for each example will be approximately four months, roughly equating the expected lifespan of a set of tires on this thing. The company plans to finish two units per month.