Jeep is renowned for offering one of the most recognizable vehicles on earth — the Jeep Wrangler. The last time Jeep offered the Wrangler model powered by a V8 engine was in 1981. Back then, it was a 5.0-liter V8 under the hood of the Jeep CJ, with 125 horsepower and 220 lb-ft of torque. Jeep enthusiasts have been gunning for a V*-powered Wrangler in recent years, especially since the current-generation Jeep Wrangler has been so celebrated since it launched. These days, it looks like a V8-powered Wrangler might be a reality if the latest concept from Jeep is indicated.
The new Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept is powered by a 6.4-liter (392-cubic-inch, hence the name) V8 engine that generates 450 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque. The concept even has a 0-60 mph time under five seconds. Other exceptional features of the Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept include: Dana 44 axles, electric front and rear axle lockers, a full-time two-speed transfer case, a Jeep Performance Parts two-inch lift kit, and 37-inch mud-terrain tires. The Performance Parts lift kit from Mopar is combined with suspension enhancements, a more precise eight-speed transmission, and the hefty V8 power plant to take the Jeep off-roading experience to new heights.
Some of the modifications to accommodate such an expansive 6.4-liter V8 engine and a heftier eight-speed transmission include: a modified frame and upgraded engine mounts. The Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept features new aluminum, monotube Fox shocks that enhance damping and aid in heat dissipation. Jeep even offers a two-mode exhaust that works to modify the performance sound — all with the touch of a button.
“Jeep Wrangler enthusiasts have been asking us for a Wrangler V8 and our new Wrangler Rubicon Concept 391 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,” said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand — North America.
The Dana 44 axles on the Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept help the vehicle boast even more capability, while the Selec-Track full-time two-speed transfer case, along with the front- and rear-axle locking differentials round out the performance enhancements. As for the 37-inch mud-terrain tires, those wrap around 17-inch beadlock wheels that actively hold the tires to the rims under extreme lateral loads, allowing for better reduced tire pressure operation and increasing overall traction — perfect for off-roading.
Additionally, the factory Jeep Performance Parts two-inch lift kit from Mopar improved the concept’s overall suspension articulation along with improved approach, departure, and breakover angles. The menacing design is complete with Rubicon rock rails, steel bumpers equipped with a Warn winch, and a steel belly pan. The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept is ready to navigate the toughest of off-road terrains, here’s hoping it becomes a reality in the near future.
Although this is only a concept for the time being, Jeep is depending on its enthusiasts and their opinions to gauge public interest and determine if there’s enough interest to launch production. In the meantime, Miami Lakes AutoMall can help you with Jeep Performance Parts and lift kits straight from Mopar to take your Jeep vehicle to the next level. Not a Jeeper yet? Check out the latest Jeep inventory, including the Jeep Wrangler, here at Miami Lakes Jeep and schedule your test drive today! Follow Miami Lakes Jeep on social media to stay up to date with the latest Jeep news.
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