HENNESSEY'S 746KW GLADIATOR

HENNESSEY Performance has honed its focus toward the 2019 Jeep Gladiator. The Maximus 1000 - aptly described as “badassery on four wheels” by company founder John Hennessey - not only gets a 6.2-litre supercharged Hellcat V8 engine, but Hennessey has upped the ante with an HPE1000 Engine upgrade to end up with 746kW and 1265Nm.

The V8 is mated to an eight-speed auto transmission, with Hennessey also tweaking the Gladiator’s ECU, wiring harnesses, radiator and fuel system. A stainless steel exhaust system has been installed, while an upgraded suspension system provides six inches of lift.

Maximus bumpers have been installed fore and aft, LED lighting resides on the roof and front bumper, and the steroid-fed vehicle rides on Hennessey 20-inch wheels wrapped in BFG 20-inch Off-Road rubber.

All of this kit doesn’t come cheap, with the Hennessey-tweaked Gladiator asking for US$200,000. You’re not getting one here, though, with the build exclusive to the USA. However, that Hellcat crate engine is available for US$30,000 via Mopar Performance. The production run is limited to 24 units.