Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Jeep Stuffs V8 into Wrangler, Tries to Grab Headlines


For FCA, the sure way to grab headlines is to stuff a V8 engine into anything. They’ve done that with the Charger, Challenger, Durango, and now, the Jeep Wrangler. Currently a concept, Jeep says the new Rubicon 392 Concept may pave the way to a production model coming soon.

The Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept stuffs a 6.4-liter V8 that delivers 450 horsepower and 610 Nm of torque, dropping its 0-100 km/h time to less than five seconds. The Rubicon 392 Concept comes with Dana 44 axles, a full-time two-speed transfer case, electric front and rear axle lockers, 37-inch mud-terrain tires, and a Jeep Performance Parts two-inch lift kit from Mopar combine with suspension enhancements. A toughened 8-speed automatic pairs with the massive V8.

To accommodate its 6.4-liter V-8 engine and a stronger eight-speed transmission, the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept features upgraded engine mounts and a modified frame. Suspension upgrades include new aluminum, monotube Fox shocks for improved damping and heat dissipation. A two-mode exhaust alters the performance sound at the touch of a button.

The” trail-rated” Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept features 863 mm of water wading and ground clearance of 336 mm, as well as improved approach (51.6 degrees), breakover (29.5 degrees) and departure (40.1 degrees) angles.

If Jeep does decide to bring this V8-powered Wrangler to production, it doesn’t take a genius to realize that they’ll likely do the same treatment to their Gladiator pickup truck which recently just got the EcoDiesel V6 option.

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