The engine is all-aluminum with cast aluminum heads, and a machined billet aluminum engine block. The result is a powerplant with a rather unique finish, and it features Hennessey and F5 logos machine-etched into the block. The block is reinforced with steel cylinder sleeves. The pistons are forged, too. It’s also an old-school pushrod design, rather than using double overhead cams. According to John Hennessey, the reason is mainly for packaging, as the pushrod design results in a small, light engine. Augmenting the relatively small external size is a dry-sump oil system.
The best way to bloat your anilla Jeep Gladiator? Put a V8 in it. That’s exactly what Hennessey Performance has done, turning the 2020 Jeep Gladiator into a beastly Hellcat.
That’s right — underneath this formidable road killer is a modest Jeep Gladiator. Hennessey Performance cobbled together a hell of a kit for this ride. Including, most notably, a 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat crate motor. Upgraded, no less, with HP’s own HPE1000 setup. That means 1,000 horsepower and 933 pound-feet of torque with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Aside from those, there’s also a new ECU, fuel system, and a stainless exhaust just to accommodate the intimidating new engine. The truck retains its four-wheel-drive but gets a six-inch suspension lift and 20-inch Hennessey wheels with BF Goodrich tires. Beefy off-road bumpers cover the front and rear, complete with auxiliary LED light bars.
Inside, there’s a custom leather interior with embroidered Maximus logos. The stock aesthetic elements are gone, though, so if you’re a fan of the Jeep Gladiator’s inner comforts, this’ll disappoint you. A minor blemish, for sure.
So how much for this whole package? Got $200,000 on you? If not, look away. No surprise on that price, though. HP rarely makes anything cheap, so this is expected. That price already comes with a donor Jeep Gladiator, which is nice. HP is taking orders as we speak. Just 24 units will be made, by the way, so act fast if you want to secure one.
Photos courtesy of Hennessey Performance