Jeep debuts V8 Wrangler concept

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Words: NZ Autocar
14 Jul 2020

With the new Ford Bronco bowing soon, Jeep has revealed its intent to build a V8-powered Wrangler with this Rubicon 392 Concept.

While Jeep is known for rolling out many different design studies, few of which actually see a showroom, this one looks far more production ready. And word is Jeep has built some 30 prototypes of the 392 Wrangler, so the chances look good this will actually be a goer.

Apparently Jeepers have been asking for a V8-powered Wrangler, and V8 swaps are a popular mod in the US. This Jeep uses a 6.4-litre Hemi producing 335kW and 610Nm torque. It’s hooked up to a beefier eight-speed auto and Jeep is hinting the 0-100km/h sprint will be dusted in under five seconds. Engineers have had to upgrade the engine mounts and modify the frame to make it all fit. It’s a proper Wrangler Rubicon with Dana 44 axles front and rear, a full-time two-speed transfer case, electric front and rear axle lockers and the concept rolls on 37-inch mud-terrain tyres with 17-inch beadlock wheels.

The ride height has been jacked with a Jeep Performance Parts two-inch lift kit and monotube Fox shockers take care of the damping. A dual-mode exhaust alters the performance sound at the touch of a button. The Concept has rock rails, steel bumpers with a Warn winch, and a steel belly pan.

Jeep says it can ford water to a depth of 863mm, has 336mm of ground clearance while the approach, breakover and departure angles are 51, 29 and 40 degrees respectively.

The Concept is fitted with custom half doors and Wrangler’s Sky One-Touch powertop, with removable side panels for complete open-air freedom.

“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,” said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA North America. “ 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.”

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