So you like Jeeps, trucks, and HEMI power. Many of these are relevant to our interests also, but this trifecta has been unattainable until now. It takes serious time and effort to stuff a V8 into the new JL chassis, so that is why Hennessey Performance has unveiled the Maximus 1000 Jeep Gladiator.
A formal reveal will take place at SEMA, so allow us to give you a quick preview. Named for the famous Roman Gladiator, Maximus has enough power to tear down the Coliseum.
Starting with Hennessey 8-lug wheels and BFG tires, you will be riding on Dana 60 axles with 4.88 gears. KING off-road supplies the 6″ suspension lift along with new aluminum driveshafts. They are attached to an 8-speed automatic transmission with hardened internals and a beefy transfer case.
Why is all of this necessary? Because the heart of a Hellcat is under the hood. MOPAR supplies a new Hellcat 6.2L V8, then it is treated to more boost, stainless exhaust, and a tune for 93 octane Shell premium.
The result is 933 lb-ft of torque and 1,000 horsepower. Mr. Hennessey is quoted as saying: “Our MAXIMUS JEEP with 1000 HP is pure ridiculousness on 4-wheels. What other vehicle can climb to the top of Aspen Mountain with a KTM dirt bike in the back in the morning and then run 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds at the dragstrip later the same day?”
Other included goodies include a Hennessey leather interior, powered running boards, fabricated front & rear bumpers, wide fenders, and a litany of LED illumination. Due to the extensive list of unique parts required, only 24 examples will be produced. Each one will arrive fully loaded for $225,000. Click the button below to learn more, and stay with us for live coverage from the SEMA show next week.