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Watch (and hear) Hennessey's 745kW extreme Jeep bakkie in action

Published Dec 2, 2019


SEALY, TEXAS - Hennessey Performance Engineering recently unleashed what is surely the ultimate road menace, in the form of a 1000 horsepower (745kW) hellcat-powered Jeep Gladiator called the Maximus 1000, and now the US tuner is showing it off in a new on-road video.

“We wanted to create the ultimate Jeep Gladiator,” said company founder and self-proclaimed chief horsepower evangelist, John Hennessey. “Maximus 1000 - the name says exactly what it is: Badassery on 4-wheels."

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The key ingredient here is Chrysler’s 6.2-litre supercharged V8 Hellcat engine, which has been cranked up to 745kW and 1265Nm. According to Hennessey, the Maximus 1000 will roar from zero to 96km/h in 3.9 seconds.

The vehicle also comes with heavy-duty off-road axles as well as a King Off-Road suspension system, Dana 60 front and rear differentials and BFG Off-Road tyres.

Now check the Maximus 1000 in action, and remember to crank up the volume:

“Our clients want exclusive, extreme vehicles that deliver a fun and an exciting driving experience both on and off-road,” Hennessey said.  “Our Maximus Jeep with 1000 HP is pure ridiculousness on 4-wheels.

“What other vehicle can climb to the top of Aspen Mountain with a KTM dirt bike in the back in the morning and then run 0-60mph (96km/h) in 3.9 seconds at the dragstrip later the same day?”

The Texan tuning company is planning to produce just 24 of these incredible hulks, at a price - in the US - of $225 000 (R3.3 million), which includes a three-year / 57 000km warranty.

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At this stage the Maximus 1000 remains forbidden fruit for South Africans, as does the Jeep Gladiator donor model, which has yet to be confirmed for South African introduction.

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