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Wrangler Rubicon 392 V8 Concept

Wrangler Rubicon 392 V8 Concept

Not wanting to be left on the sidelines by Ford and the Bronco, Jeep also had an announcement last week. They revealed the Wrangler Rubicon 392 V8 Concept.

The Wrangler Rubicon 392 V8 Concept is just that right now, a concept. However, Jeep’s boss for North America, Jim Morrison, said “Jeep Wrangler enthusiasts have been asking us for a Wrangler V8, and our new Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept proves that we have the ability to make that happen.”

“From the recently introduced 29-mpg Wrangler EcoDiesel to our award-winning Jeep Gladiator, and the upcoming Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, Jeep is clearly listening to its customers. We are anxious to gauge their reaction to this new Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept, a vehicle that delivers an incredible and unmatched level of fun-to-drive performance and capability, on- and off-road.”

That implies, to me at least, that this concept may have a genuine shot at hitting production. If the feedback is positive.

392 V8

The Wrangler Rubicon 392 V8 Concept uses a 392 cubic inch engine, a 6.4-litre to the rest of us. It’s the first V8 to used in a Jeep for almost 40 years. It will produce 450 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque and come with an upgraded eight speed transmission.

It isn’t all about horsepower though.

The concept comes complete with Dana 44 axles, Selec-Track full-time two-speed transfer case, Tru-Lok electric front- and rear-axle locking differentials, 17 inch beadlock wheels with 37 inch tires and a Jeep Performance Parts two-inch lift kit from Mopar.

The upgrades don’t stop there either. The Wrangler Rubicon 392 V8 Concept also has monotube Fox shocks, two mode exhaust with switchable sound, a Jeep Performance Parts two-inch lift kit, Rubicon rock rails, steel bumpers, a Warn winch and a steel belly pan.

Wrangler Rubicon

To cope with these changes, the Wrangler Rubicon 392 V8 Concept has strengthened engine mounts, stronger chassis, shorter hangovers at each end, a shorter 3.73 gear ratio, custom half doors and the Wrangler’s Sky One-touch powertop with removable side panels.

The concept in the image uses a new Granite Crystal colour that looks the business. Exterior trim is highlighted in a bronze colour that makes them pop much more effectively than chrome would.

While I love the Wrangler and all it stands for, I’m not sure bolting a V8 into a Jeep is going to be enough to take attention away from the Bronco. I’m not sure Jeep even had to release this concept as the Wrangler is just about untouchable in North America anyway.

Despite the cynical timing, the Wrangler Rubicon 392 V8 Concept is sure to appeal to some for whom the noise of a V8 is that extra thing they were looking for from a Wrangler.

It’s just a concept right now but be sure to let Jeep know over social if you want it to hit production. In the meantime, visit Unique Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, 915 Walkers Line, Burlington, ON L7N 3V8 to check out the currently available range of Jeeps.

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