Jeep Gladiator With 1,000 Horsepower Coming From Hennessey

It’s Called Maximus, And Only 24 Will Be Built

Hennessey Maximus

Unfortunately the “are you not entertained?” schtick will be around a little longer when it comes to the 2020 Jeep Gladiator, thanks to Hennessey Performance Engineering. Though considering the news, we’ll grin and bear it for as long as we have to. Because it’s not everyday that the world is told of a Jeep pickup truck with one thousand horsepower.

To break the four-figure barrier, Hennessey shoehorned the beloved supercharged 6.2L Hellcat V8 into the engine bay, with an 8-speed automatic, and then fitted it with an HPE1000 engine upgrade. Total output for this special 2020 Jeep Gladiator, titled Maximus, comes in at 1,000 horsepower and 933 lb-ft of twisting force.

Will it be undrivable? Perhaps. But tell that to the lucky 24 people that will line up to pay $200,000 American dollars for one, plus the stock Jeep Gladiator it’s based on. Owning one means owning one of the most insane pickup trucks on the planet, with the ability to go far, far off the beaten path. Though it would be wise to bring a spare container of fuel.

Yes, volume of this behemoth will only be limited to 24 units at $200-grand. Which is a bargain considering the $350,000 Hennessey charged for the privilege of owning the arguably more raucous F-150 VelociRaptor 6×6. HPE says 2020 Jeep Gladiator Maximus 1000 production will begin in July, with an estimated build time for each vehicle at four months. The popular Texas tuning company says it plans to build two units per month. If you want one, best you place an order immediately.

Despite its extreme, low-volume nature, a 3-year/36,000 mile warranty is included.

Further details include:

ECU, Wiring Harnesses, Radiator, Fuel System
Stainless Steel Exhaust System
MAXIMUS Front & Rear Bumpers
LED Lights
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.

Written by Manoli Katakis

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