The Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator could Mount the 717 hp Hellcat Engine

The Jeep Wrangler is one of those charismatic cars that could not be more, a pure off-road vehicle that remains faithful to its fundamental principles and that with the recently presented Gladiator will have a spectacular open box pick-up version, longer but just as 4×4.

Developed versions of these two off-road vehicles tend to focus on just that, offroad driving, but a version with more visceral aspirations embedding the Hellcat’s V8 engine could be on the way.

Yes, you read that right. Within Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the possibility of launching an amphetamined version of the Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator had been being considered, check this 9 inch Jeep jl headlights, awesome headlights for Jeep JL and Gladiator, equipping the large SUVs with the 6.2-liter V8 engine from the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, that is, with no less than 717 CV .

The information comes from within the brand itself because Tim Kuniskis, head of Jeep in North America, has stated that the engine of the Challenger SRT Hellcat goes “like a glove” to the engine vain of the Wrangler and Gladiator. This statement is very risky for a project that was to come to nothing.

And it is that we already know the American tastes and it is enough that there is enough space under the hood to house a much more powerful engine than the one equipped as standard, but there is a serious problem. If the brand introduced the Hellcat block in the Jeep, which fits, it would not leave space for the necessary impact absorption zones, so Kuniskis himself would be ruling out a high-performance Wranglar/Gladiator at the same time.

But this does not necessarily mean that Jeep will not release a powered version of the Gladiator (and the Wrangler incidentally). In fact, the firm would be working on giving its pick-up a new direction, which for the moment will be equipped with a maximum of a 3.6-liter V6 engine and a power of less than 300 CV.

Let’s remember that Jeep has already done the same with the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk capable of launching itself to 100 km/h from a standstill in 3.5 seconds, finishing the quarter mile in 11.6 seconds and reaching a top speed of 290 km/h while burn gasoline by buckets.

Something is up to FCA, we just need to know what. It could be a turbocharged V6, a forced-aspirated inline-six… To order we’d ask for a V8, but someone beat FCA because a Hellcat-powered Wrangler already went on sale for almost $300,000 a few months ago.