Good to see the Gladiator live up to its name.
As a general rule, the smaller the vehicle, the less engine is needed to motivate it. While full-size trucks like the Ram 1500 trade in big, burly V8s and torquey turbo-diesels, mid-size trucks like the new Jeep Gladiator make do with only what they need. In the case of the Gladiator, that means a 3.6L Pentastar V6 with 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque on tap.
But if there's one thing pushrod V8s are known for, it's their compactness, making them suitable for dropping into all manner of different vehicles. That brings us to this: an imposing, heavily modified brute of a 2020 Jeep Gladiator with a 6.4L Hemi V8 under the hood.
Posted for sale through LaPorte Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Indiana, this Gladiator Rubicon is much more than just a Hemi in a mid-size truck suit. In fact, it might just have the makings of the ultimate mid-size off-roading rig, with hardcore eight-lug Dana 60 axles and heavy duty tread locking wheels wrapped in huge Nitto Trail Grappler M/T mud-terrain tires.
It's also got a winch, tucked away behind the steel Rubicon front bumper, for helping to pull the truck out should it ever get stuck out on the trail, and although the listing doesn't mention it, the suspension has clearly been lifted for more clearance.
That all sounds swell, doesn't it? Unfortunately, customs cost serious dough, and this 6.4L Hemi-swapped Jeep Gladiator is listed with a price tag of $129,995. For that kind of money, you could just about get two Ford F-150 Raptors, giving you a total of four more cylinders and four more turbochargers than you'd get with this Gladiator.
Until Jeep goes and drops a Hemi in the all-new Jeep Gladiator itself (yeah right), you might be better off saving your cash for the long-awaited, Hellcat-powered Ram Rebel TRX.