Introducing the Latest Gladiator – the Maximus 1000
Jeepers were disappointed when Jeep boss Tim Kuniskis announced there was no way they’d be fitting a Hellcat V8 engine in the all-new Gladiator’s engine bay due to safety concerns. Sure, the engine fits like a glove as there’s enough space for the Hellcat, but according to Kuniskis, the Hellcat does not leave any room up front for test crash compliance and the idea had to be subsequently scrapped due to safety reasons. Here’s where Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE) comes in with their amazing modifications, giving enthusiasts what they want – for a price of course!
Hennessey, a Texas-based tuner just debuted the Maximus 1000, their heavily-modified Gladiator model with a Hellcat crate engine resting under its hood. If the name wasn’t enough to give it away, the Maximus 1000 is upped to deliver 1,000 horsepower and 933 lb-ft of torque. HPE added LED light bars, a front skid plate, a custom exhaust, new radiator, fuel system, and a complete ECU overhaul to reach these hypercar-rivaling figures. Jeep’s eight-speed automatic transmission remains, but HPE did give the Maximus 1000 a 6-inch suspension lift and 20-inch wheels. John Hennessey, HPE CEO, said “We wanted to create the ultimate Jeep Gladiator. Our clients want exclusive, extreme vehicles that deliver a fun and exciting driving experience both on- and off-road. Win the crowd and you’ll win your freedom was the advice that the elder gladiator gave to Russell Crowe in the Gladiator movie. We could not agree more!”
Of course, both Jeep and the Hellcat-powered vehicles are notorious in their respective arenas – one brand for its off-road prowess and the other for the sheer power the engine delivers. Hennessey is happy to be the one to bring customers the best of both worlds, albeit exclusively – the tuner is limiting production to only 24 units. The production run for these 24 trucks will begin in July 2019, with plans to build two units per month with a predicted build time of about four months each. Exclusivity comes at a price of $200,000, although that price does reflect the inclusion of the donor truck.
Performance stats are unknown for the time being, but it appears that experts have a feeling the Maximus 1000 will be impressive judging by the spec sheet. The combination of one of the industry’s hotly-anticipated – and most capable – platforms, paired with one of the most powerful engines out there is sure to turn heads. Hennessey might’ve just produced the ultimate do-everything and anything vehicle and we couldn’t be happier that it’s in the shape of the all-new 2020 Gladiator. We’re sure that the Maximus 1000 will be making its way to the drag strip and a rocky trail the minute a buyer gets behind the wheel and we look forward to many more Jeep modifications from Hennessey in the near future.
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