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Is This 840-HP, Demon-V-8–Powered 2020 Jeep Gladiator Worth $200,000?

This supercharged Jeep pickup is a rich man’s dream come true.

Monica GondermancontributorBarrett Jacksonphotographer

It pretty much goes without saying that we're suckers for big V-8 engine swaps into vehicles that lack factory V-8 options. Evidently, we're not alone. A supercharged V-8-powered 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon crossed the auction block at Barrett Jackson's 2020 Fall Auction at WestWorld of Scottsdale in October—and sold for an impressive $198,000. Of the 442 vehicles on the No Reserve docket, this Demon-powered Gladiator was number nine in terms of top vehicle sale price, and the eight that sold for higher were all cars. (Curious what was in the number one spot? A 2018 Ford GT, which sold for a crisp $1,210,000.)

By "Demon-powered," we mean more than just an angry, outrageous, possessed V-8—although "Possessed" is written on the rig's hood. No, we're talking about the 840-hp 6.2-liter Demon crate engine also found in the limited-edition Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, considered the most powerful, fastest production drag car ever built.

Does this make the Gladiator the only supercharged FCA pickup out there? Nope. The 702-hp Ram 1500 TRX has a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 (technically not called a Hellcat because that's a Dodge thing). But, the Demon is a different animal altogether, a souped-up Hellcat with a larger supercharger. And dare we say, it tops the Wrangler Unlimited 392 Concept's 6.4-liter Hemi that churns out 450 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque—although we certainly wouldn't turn that down.

Packing over 800 hp is quite a jump up from the 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque produced by the Gladiator's standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6. (The diesel Gladiator has more torque than the gasoline V-6 with 442 lb-ft, but fewer horsepower at 260.) Let's just say, this is the alpha engine swap that more than compensates for the Gladiator's lackluster engine performance—while surely guaranteeing single-digit fuel economy. But then again, if you're in the market for a $200K Jeep, you're probably not concerned about economy.

The burly Gladiator touts more than a sweet V-8 engine swap. Check out the specs below for the complete rundown.

Year/Make/Model: 2020 Jeep Gladiator Custom Demon Launch Edition Rubicon
Builder: Jeep Only's team of "4WD Ambassadors" in Las Vegas, Nevada
Engine: 850hp 6.2-liter Demon Challenger crate engine; 2.7-liter supercharger; Griffin radiator
Transmission: Modified 8HP75 eight-speed automatic
Odometer: 166 miles
Fueling: Fore Innovations dual fuel pump system
Driveline: Dynatrac steering kit; King steering stabilizer; Adams driveshaft; Off Road Evolution (EVO) 6.5-inch Enforcer Overland Stage-4 suspension system; EVO King shocks; Dynatrac Pro Rock Hardcore Plus XD60 front and rear axle set; 5.13 axle ratio; Eaton E-locker; Rubicon transfer case
Interior: Custom embroidered headrests with Demon logos
Exterior/Accessories: Warn Zeon 10-S winch; Rockslide Engineering electric side steps; Rockslide Engineering slider skids; JCR bed-mounted spare tire carrier with fullsize spare; Mopar stubby steel bumper
Paint/Wrap: Demon badging
Tires and Wheels: 40x15.50x20 Toyo MT tires; 20x10 Fuel Zephyr wheels