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Engine-swapped 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon has $55k in mods, a HEMI V8, and it's for sale

A seller from Elma, New York has taken his Jeep Gladiator to the next level.

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Online automotive auction site Cars & Bids has a unique 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon up for sale. From the outside the model looks pretty status quo for a Gladiator Rubicon - Billet Silver Metallic paint job and Freedom Top 3-Piece hardtop. The real magic lies beneath its hood.

In March 2020, the Gladiator Rubicon had its standard 3.6-liter V6 engine swapped out for a 6.2-liter HEMI V8 by America's Most Wanted 4x4. The truck also got a transmission upgrade courtesy of a Ram 2500 - an eight-speed automatic.

2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon: HEMI-swapped with many upgrades

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But that's not all. It's also now outfitted with a custom Eco Evolutions coil-over suspensions, Eco Long Arm in front, Mid Arm in rear, Tazar Flashcal chip, Rough Country Black Edition slim light bar and pods, and an Adams driveshaft. The Gladiator's differentials have been re-geared to a 4.88 ratio.

The exterior has gotten some upgrades as well. There's a GoRhino front bumper with Smittybilt X20 winch, cold air intake, 10 layers of ceramic coat paint, a custom 3.5-inch exhaust, and N-FAB Nerf steps. It rides on 17x8.5-inch Black Rhino Beadlock wheels wrapped in BF Goodrich KM3 tires (37"x12.5").

It has a number of features as standard equipment right from Jeep's Toledo plant that haven't been modified including leather bucket seats with red stitching, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, navigation, Alpine Premium Audio System, Bluetooth, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a heated steering wheel.

In addition to the hard top, the truck comes with a Premium Freedom black Sunrider soft top.

Standard safety features include blind spot and cross-path detection, adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning, advanced brake assist, a forward-facing TrialCam off-road camera, and Off-Road+ drive mode.

There are a few flaws. There's a dent above the passenger-side rear fender, some rust on the undercarriage, and a slight pull to the right.

The current owner, from Elma, New York, is the original buyer.

The modifications to the truck alone are valued at $55,000 by the owner. The original MSRP before modifications was $62,235. At the time of publication, there were 15 bids for the truck that had driven the price up to $51,505 with two days left to bid.

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The Twisted NAS-E California Series is a new all-electric 4x4.

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Earlier this year, a luxury 4x4 retailer in Austin, Texas showed off the Twisted NA-V8, a vehicle based on a classic Defender that comes in five different body styles. Now a limited run of 30 Twisted NAS-E all-electric 4x4 is bowing.

The NAS-E is born of the classic Land Rover Defender 90 body with a soft top and features an electric powertrain, a luxurious interior, and impressive off-roading capability. Each model is compliant with all North American EV Regulations and California CARB regulations.

Twisted NAS-E and NAS-E Plus

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"As the world moves steadily toward mass electrification, the Californian market has been missing a uniquely stylish electric 4x4 option that can stand out at the beach, off-road and at stoplights with a level of exclusivity and prestige that can only come from the timeless British Defender form," said Bruce Riggs, COO, Twisted North America. "With color schemes reflecting the natural beauty of California, a removable soft top shape to fully live the elements, advanced electric powertrain engineering exclusive to Twisted, zero-emission power, practical battery range and luxuriously modern interior touches, the Twisted NAS-E is the ultimate expression of the American coastal lifestyle."

The model is the first hero vehicle of the Twisted Legacy collection. It will be sold in two trim levels: NAS-E and NAS-E Plus. The difference mainly comes down to the power allocation. The NAS-E will be powered by a Remy Borg-Warner motor delivering more than 280 pound-feet of torque and 214 brake horsepower. The NAS-E Plus sees its output upped to 309 pound-feet of torque and 320 brake horsepower.

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Twisted says that the model has a 200-mile range from its 60 kilowatt-hour battery pack.

The SUVs have custom-valved dampers, six-piston front brakes, four-piston rear brakes, hard-use RS29 brake pads, and a traction control system. Four-wheel drive is standard. There are Sport, Eco, and Off-Road drive modes.

The model will be offered in three color options: Malibu, Yosemite, and Tahoe. They will make up the California Series of the models, a limited time 30-vehicle offering.

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The NAS-E comes with a good list of features: cream leather seats featuring Alston Alcantara inserts, a three-seat bench across the front row with detachable headrests, 4x tip ups located in the load area, Twisted Sport Wheels finished in silver, a Twisted Stage One front end, NAS roll cage, Bimini hood, an infotainment system, EV management system touch screen, raptored 'spray down' unique flooring, eight-channel audio system, rearview camera with wideview angle, GPS tracker, immobilizer, and air conditioning.

The NAS-E Plus builds on that to include a NAS brush bar, NAS side steps, roll-bar spotlights, NAS-E body stripe decal, and black side sills.

Twisted offers the model with a comprehensive 24-month/20,000-mile warranty. Extensions are available.

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The Twisted NAS-E starts at $185,000 while the NAS-E Plus comes in at $210,000. Each has a lead time of approximately nine months and requires a fully refundable deposit to reserve. Limited test drives will be available early October 2020.

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Speedway gas stations will be added to the Seven & i Holdings company portfolio.

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Does this mean slurpies in more places? The owner of 7-Eleven, Seven & i Holdings, has purchased the Speedway chain of gas stations from Marathon Petroleum for $21 billion. The sale is one of the biggest deals that has gone down since the COVID-19 pandemic rocked the economic fortunes of businesses worldwide.

The all-cash deal joins the two convenience store brands with other Seven & i Holdings properties, primarily based in the grocery sector. The company is the largest convenience store chain in Japan, owning 21,000 stores in the Asian country. They also own 9,800 stores in the U.S. and Canada.

Speedway gas station The acquisition adds 4,000 Speedway stores fo the company’s portfolio.Photo courtesy of Speedway

By picking up the Speedway chain of stores, Seven & i Holdings expands their footprint to include an additional 4,000 stores, giving the company a presence in 47 of the top 50 most populated areas in the U.S., the company said in a press release announcing the deal.

7-Eleven President and CEO Joe DePinto explained that the deal will allow the company to diversify its holdings in key regions of the country, "particularly in the Midwest and East Coast."

In Japan, convenience stores are located apart from gas stations. This is also true of many communities in the Eastern U.S. However, in the Midwest and beyond, convenience stores are most often associated with a gas station.

As part of the deal, Marathon will provide 7.7 billion gallons of petroleum a year for 15 years to Seven & i Holdings. Marathon has been struggling in the wake of low gas prices, announcing last week that it will not restart production at refineries in New Mexico and California that had been idled since April.

The two companies had been negotiating the sale for months, struggling to come to an agreement over the price.

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