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Hennessey’s ‘Maximus 1000 Is Imposing And Exclusive

Ok, if you wanted confirmation that off-road performance is a flaming hot niche segment right now, look no further than the Hennessey Maximus 1000, a 1,000 HP version of the Jeep Gladiator off-road pickup truck.

Yep, that’s right, Hennessey Performance Engineering’s latest SEMA bound creation kicks out a steam-breathing 1,000 horsepower and 933 lb-ft of torque courtesy of a HPE1000 6.2L supercharged V8 Hellcat engine with the dial cranked to mental. The company hasn’t provided too many details regarding the powertrain upgrades on the Maximus 1000, but based on what HPE has done to the HPE1000 Grand Cherokee, it’s likely the engine features a massive 4.5L supercharger system with 14 psi of boost, a high-flow supercharger bypass valve, upgraded high-flow fuel injectors, boost-a-pump factory fuel pump upgrade, a high-flow air induction system, and a stainless steel exhaust system.

As with all Hennessey builds, the Maximus Jeep Gladiator will also receive HPE engine management upgrades, along with new wiring harnesses, cooling upgrades, and chassis dyno calibration. When it’s all said and done, the Maximus promises to sprint to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds.

On the beefier end of the equation, the Maximus also features heavy-duty off-road axles, Dana 60 Front & Rear Differentials offering a 4.88 gear ratio, along with heavy-duty front & rear driveshafts and a King off-road suspension system with a 6-inch lift. The whole thing rides on Hennessey Aluminum Wheels with 8-Lug Bolt Pattern and BFG Off-Road Tires.

Inside, there’s an upgraded leather interior with Hennessey and Maximus Embroidered Seats along with a numbered interior plaque. HPE says it plans to produce just 24 of these limited edition monsters–all of which will end up in the Middle East, guaranteed–for the equally exclusive price of $225,000 USD, which thankfully includes the purchase of a brand new 2020 Jeep Gladiator. Oh, and you get a 3 Year / 36,000 Mile Warranty.

If you’re interested, the Maximus can be ordered directly from Hennessey Performance or through authorized Jeep dealers across America. But considering there will only be 24 of them, you’re better off giving up.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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