American craftsmen from Hennessey Performance love to turn pickups into supercars: they will pump the Ford F-150 Raptor, or they will build a six-wheeled chariot from the Chevrolet Silverado. Jeep SUVs also fall within the scope of interests for tuners from Texas, but this is strange: they still somehow ignored the iconic Wrangler. However, as soon as the Gladiator truck, built on the basis of the fourth generation Wrangler (JL), appeared, John Hennessey's henchmen immediately made their version of the pickup truck.
Production will begin in July. At Hennessey, they plan to collect a couple of cars a month, limiting the circulation to 24 copies. The claimed warranty is three years or 36 thousand miles.
The official new product is called Hennessey Maximus 1000. If you remember, in the historical drama of Ridley Scott's “Gladiator” Maximus was the main character performed by Russell Crowe. Coincidence? We don’t think so. And where did the thousand come from in the name, it’s clear: this is the power in the US-British horsepower, which gives out a gasoline-powered V8 6.2 Hemi Hellcat equipped with a driven supercharger. Usual “horses” are even more - 1014. Torque is absolutely transcendent: 1265 N • m. For comparison: the standard Hellcat is “only” 717 forces and 881 N • m. Paired with the "eight" is an eight-speed "automatic".
The price of every Hennessey Maximus 1000 pickup truck - just don’t fall! - 200 thousand dollars. For the standard Jeep Gladiator in the United States, they ask from $ 33,545 in Sport equipment to $ 43,545 in the Rubicon version.
Forcing the engine was complex: during the arms race, Jeep got a new control unit firmware, a modified fuel system, a more efficient cooling radiator plus an exhaust tract from stainless steel. Wiring and that had to be re-laid. It’s a pity, the Americans do not report how this whole upgrade affected the dynamics of the Gladiator. Or rather, Maximus.