Someone just spent a lot of money to be able to conquer the competition in a 707 horsepower Jeep Hellcat. The Jeep which is a customized 6X6 sold over the weekend at the Barrett-Jackson Northeast auction, at the Mohegan Sun, in Connecticut.
The “Inferno” Draws Record Price
Barrett-Jackson says the vehicle, which is known as the “The Inferno”, sold for $181,500, a new record at auction.
The Inferno started its life as 2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 75th Anniversary Hard Rock Edition. Now the Jeep is powered by a Dodge Hellcat supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine kicking out 707 horsepower. The engine produces 650 lb.ft. of torque. It is paired with an automatic transmission.
The beast should be able to go just about anywhere as a custom 6x6 with three axles. According to the auction information, “It was not built with a tag axle or a transaxle, but rather employs a completely custom driveline, specifically built for the vehicle. This allows it to put down the most amount of useful torque to the ground to keep the vehicle accelerating and moving. It still maintains the ability to lock the differentials if desired.”
2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Custom
The extra axle isn’t the only custom aspect to “Inferno”. The brute has a 5” lift kit, King shocks and 35” off-road tires to take you virtually anywhere you want to go. The 20 by 12.5” wheels should help you conquer almost any terrain.
“Inferno” may get its nickname from its Inferno Red finish. The color is a one-off hue that was produced in-house by the builder. The information does not list who actually built the custom. “Inferno” has a custom-made carbon fiber grille, and a special rack and LED light bars both in the front and back. The custom-made wheel arches are glossy black.
The aggressive-looking steel bumpers have tow hooks. The one in the front includes a winch and a LED light strip on top. No word on what type of fuel economy the behemoth would get.
The interior is also customized and upgraded. The all-leather interior has special embroidered stitching.
According to the brochure, “Inferno” came to the auction with only 125 actual miles. It did not say who was selling it. Nor is Barrett-Jackson identifying the lucky buyer.
Are Designers and Marketing Experts Watching?
Jeep and Dodge have had tremendous luck and drawn demand by powering up models like the Dodge Challenger and Durango SUV, as well as the Jeep Wagoneer. Is this high price for this customized Jeep Wrangler Rubicon a sign they should consider adding the Hellcat treatment to the all-new Jeep Gladiator? We’ll see how fans react!
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