Is The Hennessey Maximus 1000 The Ultimate Jeep Gladiator?

The new Jeep JT Gladiator has only been on the market for a hot minute and the aftermarket builders have wasted no time building them up. Check out this supercharged Hellcat-powered monster!

Hennessey Performance (HPE) is not known for soft-pedaling, well, anything. For almost 30 years, they have been building and modifying all sorts of late-model vehicles from Hypercars, performance trucks and Jeeps. Their latest design is a 1,000 horsepower Jeep JT Gladiator pick-up. “We wanted to create the ultimate Jeep Gladiator,” said John Hennessey. “Maximus 1000 – the name says exactly what it is: Badassery on four-wheels.”

The 2020 Hennessey Maximus 1000 is no slouch. The truck features a 6.2-liter Supercharged Hellcat V8 engine, 8-speed automatic transmission with an HPE1000 Engine Upgrade to produces 1,000 horsepower and 933 lb-ft of torque. The ECU, wiring harness, radiator and fuel system were all upgrades or replaced to support the fire breathing engine.

The truck features a full stainless steel exhaust, 6-inch lift, 20-inch Hennessey wheels, BFGoodrich mud-terrain tires, bumpers, lights and many more goodies.

But wait, there’s more…

The Maximus 1000 isn’t a one-off vehicle, however. “Our clients want exclusive, extreme vehicles that deliver a fun and exciting driving experience both on and off-road,” said Hennessey. HPE intends to build 24 units over the next year. Each truck comes with a 3 year/36,000 mile warranty and is ready to go with a sticker price of $200,000 USD. Production starts July 2019.

What do you think? Is the Hennessey Maximus 1000 the end-all/be-all of JT Gladiators?

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Jake Headlee

Jake's passion started at a young age wrenching on cars with his Dad. Obtaining that glorious driver's license sparked his obsession with grease and horsepower, and the rest is history. Soon, he was a general mechanic and suspension specialist, and currently designs and modifies products for the off-road industry. Jake enjoys rock crawling, desert racing and trail running, and writing in his spare time.
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