And it's totally worth it.
At the moment, there is no such thing as an OEM Jeep Gladiator Hellcat. Will there be a factory-built 707 horsepower Jeep pickup? Given FCA's track record of wedging the Hellcat into any model it can, we wouldn't be surprised to see this transpire. But Jeep doesn't appear to be in any particular hurry to do so. The Gladiator is still relatively new and a Hellcat-powered version simply isn't necessary. Yet.
The next FCA vehicle the Hellcat will power will likely be the Ram TRX full-size pickup truck. In the meantime, it's been discovered by aftermarket tuners and some dealerships that installing a Hellcat in the Gladiator is relatively easy. FCA even knows this, and it's not stopping tuners from doing this. No one likes a fun sucker.
But perhaps the biggest hurdle Jeep will face when deciding whether or not to build a Gladiator Hellcat is the price tag. It may simply cost too much for the typical truck buyer. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk already retails for nearly $90,000. The average Jeep Gladiator price comes to around $56,000. But there will always be people willing to pay whatever amount to have more horsepower than they'll ever need. That's where this Hellcat-powered 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon comes into play.
It's up for sale by Wilde Cars in Florida and it's not totally "one-of-a-kind," as the ad states. Nevertheless, it's still insanely cool and far more powerful than a regular Gladiator Rubicon's 285 hp Pentastar V6. The exterior also receives a set of 17-inch wheels wearing huge 37-inch Nitto Trail Grappler tires. Imagine all the off-road places one can go with these. There are also a pair of light bars, LED flood lamps, and new SRT and Hellcat-inspired body decals.
The interior is, for the most part, completely stock, though there is one significant exception: the infotainment system. For some reason, the original and excellent Uconnect system has been removed in favor of an aftermarket unit. Why? We're not so sure, but hopefully, the new software will work as well as the original. The builders also swapped in nicer quilted leather seats.
So, how much? Get ready to pay at least $139,900. That's BMW M8 money for comparison's sake. Is it worth it? It all depends on how much you desire a Hellcat under the hood of a Gladiator.