Yes, the Hellcat engine fits inside the engine bay of the Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator. But there’s a catch.
Ever since FCA slapped a Hellcat engine in a Jeep Grand Cherokee and called it the Trackhawk, people have been demanding that they put a Hellcat engine in literally everything. The Wrangler (and subsequent Gladiator) is no exception.
“It fits. You know that. It fits like a glove," he said.
"But the problem is that it fits like a glove and there is no air space around the engine and the whole external space of the vehicle so you have no crush space; you have nothing that can be used to absorb energy in a crash. It is not a problem to put it in - other than emissions and fuel economy - except it would never pass any crash tests, and that’s a problem."
That’s not to say that Jeep hasn’t done it before. If you recall from 2016’s Jeep Easter Safari, Fiat Chrysler rolled out the Jeep Wrangler Trailcat concept which shoehorned the Hellcat’s 6.2-L supercharged V8 under the hood (with an additional 12-inch stretch of the Wrangler’s wheelbase, mind you). It did indeed fit like a glove, but as Kuniskis said, it was a tight fit.
As Autoblog points out, that’s not necessarily going to stop people from making their own Hellcat-powered Wranglers. The Hellcrate is on sale for a mere $15,994.00, so you can even take the money you saved and buy life insurance in case you ever crashed the thing.
Kuniskis also told reporters that they were “gauging interest” in the J6, the 2-door Gladiator concept that Jeep plans to take to this year’s Easter Jeep Safari. It looks like a toy truck in an adorable blue paint job and harkens back to the old Scrambler. Will Jeep make it eventually? Apparently it’s a “tough” sell to Jeep executives, but never say never.