Less than a week to go and the 2019 SEMA Show in Las Vegas will be opening its doors to the public. One of the show’s regulars, Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE), will be bringing a new Jeep Gladiator powered by a V8 Hellcat engine.
HPE introduced the 2020 Hennessey MAXIMUS 1000 in late May, but will be unveiling the first production version of its creation with the Shell Pennzoil team at the SEMA Show. Yes, you read that right -- it’s 1,000 hp of output oozing from a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 Hellcat engine.
Ordinarily, the new 2020 Jeep Gladiator would be powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine delivering 285 hp and up to 260 lb.-ft. of torque. But the power-thirsty people at HPE thought that these weren't enough, so they swapped the V6 with a mill that was born too powerful. Yes, we’re talking about the 6.2L supercharged V8 engine in the Hellcat, as engineered to deliver a whooping 707 hp of max output and 650 260 lb.-ft. of peak torque.
But, the tuning house from Texas wasn’t satisfied so they upped the output figure to four digits – 1,000 hp – by employing its so-called HPE1000 Engine upgrade. Also featuring 933 lb.-ft. of peak torque, the V8 Hellcat engine sends power to the wheels via an 8-speed Automatic Transmission, allowing the Hennessey MAXIMUS 1000 to sprint from nil to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds.
Aside from the engine upgrade, HPE also made several revisions to the 2020 Jeep Gladiator. These include a new ECU and new wiring harnesses as well as a radiator and fuel system. The Hennessey MAXIMUS 1000 also features a KING off-road suspension system (with 6-inch lift), a new stainless steel exhaust system, heavy-duty front and rear driveshafts as well as heavy-duty off-road axles.
Also installed in the new MAXIMUS 1000 are Dana 60 front and rear differentials with 4.88 gear ratio. Featuring MAXIMUS front and rear bumpers with LED units, the tuner’s SEMA-bound creation rides on Hennessey aluminum wheels (with 8-lug bolt pattern) shod with BFG off-road tires. The MAXIMUS 1000 also features drop-down running boards as well as HENNESSEY & MAXIMUS exterior branding.
Inside, the Hennessey MAXIMUS 1000 features an interior upgraded to leather, boasting Hennessey and MAXIMUS embroidered seats. Only 24 examples of the MAXIMUS 1000 will be produced, and each will come with limited edition 1 of 24 serial numbered plaques in the interior and engine bay.
Offered with a 3-Year/36,000-Mile Warranty, the Hennessey MAXIMUS 1000 is available for $225,000, which represents a $25,000 premium from the price HPE announced in May. The figure, however, already includes a new 2020 Jeep Gladiator. The cheapest Gladiator at the market is being sold at around $33,545.
The Hennessey MAXIMUS 1000 will displayed at the 2019 SEMA Show at the Shell “Pioneering Performance” Experience (booth #60003).