The Jeep Gladiator is one of the hottest pickups on the market, so Hennessey decided to use it as a base for their new Maximus 1000.
As the name suggests, the Maximus is a high powered beast as it has been equipped with a supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat V8 engine. The company didn’t stop there as they also installed a new ECU, fuel system and stainless steel exhaust. Other updates include a new wiring harness and a beefier radiator. Thanks to all these modifications, the engine produces a staggering 1,000 hp (745 kW / 1,014 PS) and 933 lb-ft (1,264 Nm) of torque.
To put those numbers into perspective, the standard Gladiator has a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 285 hp (212 kW / 289 PS) and 260 lb-ft (352 Nm) of torque. Even the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye isn’t as powerful as its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 only develops 797 hp (594 kW / 808 PS) and 707 lb-ft (957 Nm) of torque.
The company didn’t say how fast the Maximus is, but John Hennessey described it as “Badassery on four wheels.” That being said, manual fans are out of luck as the truck comes standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The automatic isn’t too surprising, but the Maximus also comes with a host of other upgrades. Key among them are a revised suspension, a 6-inch lift kit and 20-inch wheels wrapped in off-road tires. The truck also has unique bumpers, LED auxiliary lights and a custom leather interior with Hennessey and Maximus embroidery on the seats.
Production will be limited to 24 units and pricing starts at $200,000 (£158,447 / €179,654) including the base Gladiator. Builds are slated to begin in July and the company says it will take approximately four months to complete each Maximus.