The Gladiator Maximus 1000 could only come from one place: Texas.
The Jeep Gladiator Maximus 1000 is not your typical Jeep Gladiator. This one comes to us from the folks at Hennessey Performance, the Texas-based tuner with a long history of adding lots of power to already powerful cars, trucks, and SUVs. We knew Hennessey was at work modifying the new Jeep Gladiator since last spring, and now we're able to see a demonstration of the results.
This new video from Hennessey Performance will make you forever fall in love with a certain engine as well: the 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat V8. Hennessey swapped the Gladiator's original 3.6-liter V6 for a Hellcat crate engine and the result is, in a word, madness. Wonderful madness. Typically, the Hellcat engine offers 707 horsepower and 656 lb-ft of torque but these figures weren't good enough for Hennessey.
Thanks to the tuner's own HPE1000 upgrade program, the engine is now good for 1,000 hp and 933 lb-ft. Other modifications include a 6.5-inch lift kit, King shocks, and 37-inch off-road tires. There are also upgrades to the truck's front and rear axles and driveshafts. At first glance, this may look like a lifted Gladiator, but a peek under the hood tells a very different story.
Even the interior retains most of its stock elements, with the most notable exceptions being the custom diamond-quilted leather upholstery, and the words 'Hennessey' and 'Maximus' embroidered on the seatbacks and headrests. A few other additions are automatic side steps and a LED light bar.
According to the video, the Gladiator Maximus being driven is not a demo model but rather a customer vehicle filmed just prior to delivery. The total cost for all of this is not exactly cheap. You'll be spending a total of $225,000 all-in (including the cost of the 2020 Gladiator itself). It is a lot of money but, then again, production is limited to only 24 examples. The price of exclusivity is oftentimes worth it. This is one of those times.