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Report: Jeep Testing F-150 Raptor Fighter Called Gladiator ‘Hercules’

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Jeep Gladiator Hercules Rendering

Jeep Gladiator Hercules Rendering

News broke this afternoon from our friends over at the Jeep Gladiator forum that Jeep is building one-offs of a new high-performance Gladiator variant dubbed “Hercules.” The American 4×4 brand is apparently weighing the market viability of an even more insane Gladiator, before they give it the green light.

In eager anticipation of the new model, the artists at Gladiator Forum mocked up the rendering of the would-be Hercules that you see above.

This even more butched-up Wrangler pickup would do battle with the likes of the Chevrolet ZR2 Bison and Ford F-150 Raptor. In that, it’ll be the size of the ZR2—and have a lot of the same off-road skid-plate stuff—but have the throttle-punch of the Raptor.

What might Jeep wedge under the hood of the Hercules in order to match the ponies of the 450-horsepower Raptor? We think the FCA 6.4L HEMI would do nicely.

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Tim Esterdahl

Automotive Journalist Tim Esterdahl has been a lover of trucks and SUVs for years. He has covered the industry since 2011 and has pieces in many national magazines and newspapers. In his spare time, he is often found tinkering on his '62 C10 pickup, playing golf, going hunting and hanging out with his wife and kids in Nebraska.

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