Among the most awaited mid-size pickup trucks of the year is the Jeep Gladiator. It’s powered by the same V6 that propels the Wrangler. The single engine option makes some people less satisfied with the model, and this is where Hennessey Performance comes in.
Actually, the Gladiator and Wrangler are qualified to wield the V8 Hemi; the only problem is that they may not pass crash tests with that bigger powerhouse. Hennessey, however, has succeeded in making the Gladiator stronger as it should be by transforming it into something they call the Maximus 1000.
In Hennessey’s hands, the Gladiator had to say goodbye to its V6, but it got a better replacement: the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 from the Hellcat that is capable of cranking out 1000 hp and 933 lb-ft of torque. The engine has all the supporting modifications that it needs, one of which is an 8-speed automatic transmission.
In addition, upgrades also include a new radiator, wiring harnesses, fuel system, and ECU. The Hennessey Maximus 1000 is equipped with a stainless steel exhaust system, LED lights and Maximus-branded bumper kits. The 4×4 truck rides on 20-inch wheels wrapped in BFG off-road tires. Its suspension system has also been upgraded with 6-inch lift.
On the inside, you will be welcomed by a new custom leather and Maximus embroidered seats. Hennessey limits the production of the truck to only 24 units, so you better be one of the fastest buyers if you want to get it. The powerful Max costs $200,000 with the base Jeep Gladiator truck included. The American tuning house doesn’t reveal which variant of the Gladiator it’s turning into the Maximus 1000.
Judging from the price tag, though, it looks like they’re using the Rubicon variant as the base. After ordering, customers need to wait about four months before their Maximus 1000 is ready. Production will kick off in July, but pre-order is already open today.