“Hercules” High Performance Jeep Gladiator Being Tested!

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    #1 Jan 7, 2019
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    Update: Jan. 16, 2019 with Jeep CEO Tim Kuniskis interview about the Gladiator Hercules.



    Jeep Gladiator Forum original post/info:

    Through our insider sources, Jeep Gladiator Forum has learned that FCA is in the midst of developing a high-performance off-roading Jeep Gladiator "Hercules" model to compete with the likes of the Ford Raptor.

    The vehicle is currently being evaluated for market viability so it has not been fully green-lighted just yet. As such, there have been no supplier contracts yet and prototypes are being built as one-offs for testing purposes.

    Public statements have hinted that this model is indeed coming. Mark Allen, head of Jeep design, recently alluded to a future high speed off-roading Jeep in an interview from the LA Auto Show (video below). Could he be referring to a Jeep Gladiator Hercules? Hopefully we'll know soon!

    In the meantime we've taken a shot at what a high performance Hercules Gladiator could resemble through our renderings below, giving the standard Gladiator Mopar beadlock wheels wrapped in larger tires, Mopar front skid plate, Mopar black grille, lift kit, steel front bumper, rock rails, ram air hood, larger fender vents and vented high fenders.




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    They'll probably wait to release it until right after I buy mine, forcing me to live a life of regret.
     
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    If we have an insane amount of luck, this will make it to production and have an option for a hemi or other high output engine.
     
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    Its sweet but honestly would swap that hood for a Rubicons, hard enough keeping dust/dirt from engine bay as is. Front fenders are sick tho! Also my price guess if legit... $65K; dealer mark-up $75K.

    Aside from the 3.0 Diesel I can't believe Jeep didn't offer a more powerful engine at launch! I heard the 3.6 has been tweaked for the JT but so far the numbers reported are the same.
     
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    If it looks anything close to that render I’m in. Damnnn
     
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    the Pentastar in the old Ram was rated at 305hp (20 more than JL) and 269lb-ft (9 more) at 4175rpm (625rpm lower). I doubt there's much different internally. The Ram probably has a bigger exhaust and different mapping.
     
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    Very Cool Jay.

    Missing front turn signals though.
     
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    The blessing and curse from a design standpoint is the iconic 7-slot grill.

    I would love if they did a modified version of the original Gladiator grill on the Hercules to give it a distinctive and more aggressive face. But then I wish they had done that on the Gladiator.
     
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    Personally, I'm not liking the black grill on those. Everything else looks pretty sweet though.

    I'm worried about the higher output engine and transmission. A hemi would be awesome but I suspect they will go with a turbo V6 or go for more power out of the 2.0. Either way, I suspect a manual transmission option is unlikely unless they keep the pentastar base. I'm gonna wait forore news before I buy.
     
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    Needs to look like this grill . I saw something like this on two jeeps in Milwaukee this weekend. I'm totally doing this to my JT. I want our JT to be like a family member with its own personality.

    Just need to come up with a badass name for the vehicle, like Glenn or Shirley! lol

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    Requoted for troof -
     
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    A Hemi would be sweet, but I could also see them doing a high output version of the I-6 Turbo that is rumored for the new Grand Cherokee.
     
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    Not a fan of the “Vader Grills” but would like a 715 style grill on it. Also those fenders would be awesome, just add a single bar DRL on it like the Rugged ridge prototype fenders from Sema.

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    This is going to cost a million dollars but I love it. It seems kind of unlikely it would have coilovers, but should at least have some pretty nice remote reservoir race shocks on it.
     
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    YES!!!!!!!
     
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