If you'll pay for it, a dealership is selling a turnkey Hellcat-swapped Gladiator.
While FCA is on a mission to put a Hellcat engine in all the vehicles, it might be a while before the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 gets dropped into the new Jeep Gladiator. We might not actually get it at all if Jeep can't figure out the crash-structure clearance issues they talked about when acknowledging that there's enough room under the hood. The fact that the 707-horsepower Hellcat engine could go under the Gladiator's hood stopped being theoretical a while ago, but this is the first turnkey solution we've seen offered. We caught this one via The Drive and it's available from a Mitsubishi dealership in Phoenix, Arizona, and priced at $147,992.
This swap was clearly not done in somebody's driveway. In fact, it looks close to an OEM factory finish. The swap was done by America's Most Wanted 4X4 shop in Holly, Michigan, and it's not just the Hellcat crate engine that's been installed, but also a bunch of Hellcat parts. The list includes a Hellcat Heavy Duty Transmission Package, Accessory Drive, Smooth Boost Valve Controller, Aluminum Radiator, Stainless Steel 3.5" Complete Exhaust System, Rear Sump Oil Pan Conversion Kit. The list goes on, but in there is also a Hellcat Jeep Powertrain Harness and transfer Case Input Support Housing.
This Gladiator Hellcat is based on a Rubicon model that was well optioned, so it's both comfortable and capable. Probably even more capable with all that extra torque and horses. It has 1,456 miles on the clock and is kitted out with a mix of Falcon and Fox shocks, a Yeti stabilizer bar, and 22-inch Black Rhino wheels shod with 37-inch Nitto Grappler tires.
The Facebook post detailing the vehicle for sale is gone, but it did claim that the original Jeep three-year or 36,000-mile warranty is still good to go. We wouldn't trust that though, and The Drive called Jeep to check and confirmed that the automaker doesn't typically warranty aftermarket parts and work.
Doing the math, there's definitely a premium for the turnkey solution offered here. As the Drive points out, a Jeep Rubicon starts at $43,545 and the Hellcat swap kit starts at $58,850. That's $102,395 and, allowing for some big options, that's still easily $30,000 over the top. Whether that price worth it to save all the effort of glueing the deal together surely depends on the size of your wallet.
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