HENNESSEY Performance, the Texas-based tuning house that recently revealed its version of the US-bound 2019 Ford Ranger, 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 1000hp (746kW) and 933lb-ft (1265Nm).
“We wanted to create the ultimate Jeep Gladiator,” said company founder, John Hennessey. “Our clients want exclusive, extreme vehicles that deliver a fun and exciting driving experience both on- and off-road.”
The Hellcat V8 is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, with Hennessey also tweaking the Gladiator’s ECU, wiring harnesses, radiator and fuel system. A stainless steel exhaust system has been installed, while the tuning mob has also installed an upgraded suspension system to provide six inches of lift.
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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.
The premium feel flows inside the cabin with the vehicle receiving a custom interior leather upgrade, as well as Hennessey and Maximus embroidered seats.
As can be expected, all of this high-end equipment doesn’t come cheap, with the Hennessey-tweaked Gladiator asking for US$200,000 (AU$290,000 approx.). You’re not getting one here, though, with the build exclusive to the USA.
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However, that Hellcat crate engine is available for US$30,000 (approx.) via Mopar Performance should you want to embark on your own conversion project.
The Maximus 1000 will be an extremely exclusive vehicle reserved for people with deep pockets and a hankering for high-powered off-road-focused luxury, with the production run limited to just 24 units.
The Hennessey Maximus 1000 comes with a three-year, 36,000 mile warranty.