It’s riding on sand dunes like its tarmac!

The Maximus 1000 might arguably be the most popular product from Hennessey today. The truck is a beast in Jeep Gladiator’s clothes. It is plonked with the Hellcat 6.2-liter, supercharged V-8 engine under the hood and given the Hennessey treatment. On paper, the Maximus 1000 checked all the boxes that you’d expect from a truck of this demeanor. But, we have yet to see it prove its mettle in tough terrains or tracks or anywhere in the real world for that matter. However, Hennessey decided to show the world the Maximus’ might and took it to the desert to play with it. Is it still impressive? Hell yeah!

That’s 1,000 Horses Running And Flying In The Desert

Hennessey took one example to tackle the sand dunes and the truck didn’t disappoint.

The short video showed us that the Maximus 1000 is not just a fast performer, but is also a strong off-roader.

Hennessey has limited the production of the Maximus 1000 to just 24 units. Until now, the company has built just four examples of the same and one of them is has been taken out to show the world its prowess.

Here's How the $225,000 Hennessey Jeep Gladiator Maximus 1000 Makes the Desert Its Bitch
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Other than the basic structure, the Maximus 1000 doesn’t have anything in common with the Jeep Gladiator. The product comes with:

  • A 6.2-liter, Supercharged V-8 Engine
  • Hennessey’s HPE1000 Engine Upgrade
  • 1,000 Horsepower and 933 Pound-feet of Torque
  • Stock Eight-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • Six-inch Lift Kit
  • Heavy-Duty Off-Road Axles Fitted with Dana 60 Front and Rear Differentials
  • KING Off-Road Suspension System
  • New ECU, Fuel System, and Radiator
Here's How the $225,000 Hennessey Jeep Gladiator Maximus 1000 Makes the Desert Its Bitch
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The cosmetic upgrade and cabin features include:

  • All-Black Exterior
  • Maximus-Exclusive Bumpers
  • LED Light Bar On The Roof And Bumper
  • Hennessey-Designed 20-Inch Alloys
  • Stainless Steel Exhaust Pipe
  • LED Taillights
  • Signature Seven-Slat Grille Retained From The Original Gladiator
  • Custom Leather Upgrade
  • Hennessey-embroidered Seats

Final Thoughts

Here's How the $225,000 Hennessey Jeep Gladiator Maximus 1000 Makes the Desert Its Bitch
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The video from Hennessey proved that the Maximus 1000 is more than just a limited-production, expensive truck. The company is selling it for $225,000 a pop, but that at least includes the cost of the donor vehicle as well. For now, the company still has 20 examples to sell and availability will end on April 24, 2020. However, it looks unlikely that all the examples will be sold out by then. What are your thoughts on this beauty? Share them with us in the comments section below.

Jeep Gladiator vs. Hennessey Maximus
2020 Jeep Gladiator 2020 Hennessey Maximus Jeep Gladiator Truck
Displacement: 3.6 liters V-6 6.2 liters V-8
Power: 285 horsepower 1,000 horsepower V-8
Torque: 260 pound-feet 933 pound-feet V-8
Ground clearance: 11.1 inches 17.1 inches
Sidd Dhimaan
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Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. He is currently our pickup truck expert and focuses his attention on heavy-duty and off-road vehicles.  Read More
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