Watch the World’s First Hellcat-Swapped Jeep Gladiator Pickup Truck Do a Massive Burnout
Replacing the Gladiator’s V6 with a 707-horsepower V8 means many, many tires are destined for a smoky death.
As expected, off-road junkies have already begun making major modifications to the Jeep Gladiator pickup truck—from suspension upgrades to engine swaps, people love it. The Gladiator in question here fits into the latter category as it's already ditched the factory 3.6-liter V6 for a more potent unit: a supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat V8. Not only that, it's already being put to use with a good bit of hooning taking place to break in the new engine.
Built by America's Most Wanted 4x4, this Gladiator is a Rubicon model that features a plethora of four-wheeling gadgets and hardware from the factory. While a majority of the running gear has almost certainly been replaced along with the old V6, all of the added power should only make it more capable when on the trails or rock ledges.
Oh, and it also sounds a hell of a lot better.
As you might know by now, the Hellcat V8 can usually be found under the hood of go-fast Dodge Challengers and Chargers, as well as the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. However, it's never been made available in the Jeep Wrangler or its Gladiator pickup counterpart, the latter only hitting dealership lots in the last month or so. Because of that, tuners are always eager to drop the 707-horsepower lump into customer cars for the sake of power and, as you can tell from the video above, audible pleasure.
Jeep has teased the possibility of a Hellcat-powered Gladiator in the past, most notably as part of its 2019 Moab Easter Jeep Safari concepts. That being said, it'll likely be a while down the road if the automaker does decide to offer such a vehicle from the factory—in the meantime, though, contact your local off-road shop. They'd surely be more than happy to take your money and create a world-beating performance truck.