This Insane 1,000-HP AMC Javelin Has a Hellcat Under the Hood

Sam McEachern
by Sam McEachern

Well-known Wisconsin-based tuning shop Ringbrothers always bring something insane to the annual SEMA Show, and 2017 was no exception.

Ringbrothers, which is run by the brother pairing of Jim and Mike Ring, debuted their AMC Javelin AMX creation at SEMA today, which they are referring to as Defiant! (the exclamation mark is part of the official name). The heavily modified Javelin is a step away from the Fords and Chevys they are perhaps best known for modifying and is much different than anything else on the floor at SEMA.

Under the hood of Defiant! is Fiat Chrysler’s 6.2-liter Hellcat V8, which has been upgraded with an absolutely massive 4.5-liter Whipple supercharger for a 293 horsepower boost in output, bringing the total to 1,000 hp. Other mods include a full Flowmaster exhaust, HRE wheels, Baer performance brakes and a custom “Jalop Gold” exterior paint color. A matte black decal spans the front of the car and has Prestone cutouts – the coolant company that sponsored this head-turning creation.

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“Jim and I have always wanted to build an AMX,” said Mike Ring. “We’ve seen this particular car driving around our hometown of Plain, Wisconsin since we were kids and we always loved it. The AMX was such a neat car, unlike anything else at that time.”

What do you think, is the Ringbrothers’ crazy 1,000-hp Javelin the most impressive thing at SEMA this year? We’re beginning to believe so.

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Sam McEachern
Sam McEachern

Sam McEachern holds a diploma in journalism from St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, and has been covering the automotive industry for over 5 years. He conducts reviews and writes AutoGuide's news content. He's a die-hard motorsports fan with a passion for performance cars of all sorts.

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  • Robert Baysdon Robert Baysdon on Nov 09, 2017

    Great, I would take it, and see just what it would do and love every minute of it.

  • Anthony Laney Anthony Laney on Nov 13, 2017

    Never thought a AMC could look this aggressive. The only thing that boggles my head with the whole design is the red(R) on the grill which is also related to the Nissan Skyline GT-(R) brand. It's not the first time seeing a brand / builder miss use this logo. Out side of this one design mistake this car is amazing.

    • Former10 Former10 on Nov 14, 2017

      While that particular style of "R" is related to Nissan, it also has ties to AMC. The R series were Supercharged in the late 50s early 60s. Many a big 3 muscle car owners got the surprise of their life when a Supercharged Kelvinator put them to shame.