After a preview months ago, finally it’s time for the all-new Hennessey Maximus to be revealed, even though it doesn’t have to wait for its official launch at the 2019 SEMA Show.
Taking the Jeep Gladiator as its vessel, the Maximus is a really reliable off-road vehicle. It manages to put together the elements of appearance and performance that are both ultra-aggressive.
The car is motivated by a 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat V8 engine, replacing the original 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 unit. Heart replacement is not the only thing the tuner did to the machine, but it also installed its HPE1000 kit to make the Maximus even more potent. The upgrade includes an improved fuel system, a heavy duty radiator, a stainless steel exhaust system, a new ECU and wiring harnesses.
The results of this modification? New output of 1,000 horsepower and 933 pound-feet of torque. Compared to the regular Gladiator, that’s about three and a half times more. It also shortens the acceleration time from zero to 60 mph to 3.9 seconds.
If you think the Maximus is just a high-performance pickup, you’re wrong, it’s more than that. Hennessey has made it a strong off-roader with new features like the 6-inch lift package from King, in addition to aluminum wheels and BFGoodrich tires among others.
More goodies that the Maximus bring include Dana 60 axles with a 4.88 gear ratio, heavy-duty driveshafts, LED auxiliary lights, fancy drop-down running boards, and custom bumpers. On the interior, there’s an individually-numbered dash plaque and custom leather upholstery.
The price difference between the Gladiator and the Maximus will surprise you. While the former can set you back more than $50,000, the latter costs at least $225,000 – if you can afford that. But if you really can, then you’ll be one of only 24 buyers to own the high-performance truck, because that number will be the production limit.