The last time the Jeep Wrangler was offered with a V8 engine was back in 1981, under the bonnet of the Jeep CJ. In response to enthusiasts demand, Jeep has introduced the Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept.
“Jeep Wrangler enthusiasts have been asking us for a Wrangler V-8, and our new Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept proves that we have the ability to make that happen,” said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA North America.
“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.”
While it is still a concept at this stage, there are already rumours suggesting it will be put into limited production run.
Nevertheless, the stats are compelling. Powered by a 6.4-litre V8 engine delivering 450 horsepower (336kW) and 610Nm of torque married to a more robust 8-speed transmission, the Wrangler Rubicon 392 will hit 60mph (97km/h) in less than 5.0 seconds.
Putting the extra power to work are third-generation Dana 44 axles, a Selec-Track full-time two-speed transfer case, electric front and rear axle lockers, 37-inch mud-terrain tyres wrapped around custom 17-inch beadlock wheels and a Jeep Performance Parts 2-inch lift kit from Mopar with suspension enhancements to improve approach, breakover and departure angles.
The Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept also features Rubicon rock rails, steel bumpers with a Warn winch, and a steel belly pan.
The concept is finished in Granite Crystal exterior paint adorned with Bronze accentuated tow hooks, badging, springs, shocks and wheels, while featuring a heavy-duty raised performance bonnet with an aggressive appearance, custom half doors and Wrangler’s Sky One-touch powertop, with removable side panels for open top motoring.
Inside, the Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept features rich Red Rock-coloured leather bolstered seats with gold stitching, along with a performance steering wheel.