Jeep Wrangler V8 Is Going Into Production

Marco Green
July 14, 2020

The show vehicle features Dana 44 axles, a full-time two-speed transfer case, electric front and rear axle lockers, 37-inch mud-terrain tyres and a Jeep Performance Parts two-inch lift kit from Mopar.

Jeep chose to rain power on Monday night's Ford Bronco debut parade by unveiling a Wrangler equipped with a V8 engine.

The new engine helps give the Wrangler a zero-to-96-km/h time of less than five seconds, but in a Jeep, the performance off-road is what is important.

The massive V8 produces 450 hp (336 kW / 456 PS) and 450 lb-ft (609 Nm) of torque. The concept is even lifted by 2 inches (5 cm) over its standard height.

Accommodating the higher output of the engine is a stronger eight-speed transmission, upgraded engine mounts and a modified frame. If any of this sounds familiar, it's very much like the setup in the Durango SRT we reviewed a couple of years ago.

The Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept also features Rubicon rock rails, steel bumpers with a Warn winch and a steel underbody pan.

However, the Jeep factory in Toledo, Ohio, has allegedly produced around 30 examples of a V8-powered Wrangler since the plant reopened after the coronavirus closure, according to an insider speaking to Road & Track. The framing for the Wrangler was beefed up to handle the extra twist from the added torque.

The Jeep brand has introduced its new Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept, powered by a 6.4-liter (392-cubic-inch) V-8 engine that delivers 450 horsepower and 450 lb. -ft. of torque, and a 0-60 miles per hour time of less than five seconds. The concept has 34 inches of water fording capability and 13.25 inches (33.6 cm) of ground clearance.

We're just hours away from the unveiling of the 2021 Ford Bronco, and Jeep is trying to grab some attention by introducing the Wrangler Rubicon 392 concept.

A factory Jeep Performance Parts two-inch lift kit from Mopar makes way for additional suspension articulation and improved approach, breakover and departure angles. The Granite Crystal paint is adorned with Bronze tow hooks, wheels, and and badging. The concept also features Jeep's new Sky One-touch convertible top, which debuted with the current-generation Wrangler. Other highlights include a sport steering wheel and red leather seats with gold contrast stitching.

The Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept may hint at a production performance model from Jeep.

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