enthusiasts have been clamoring for a V-8 powered production Wrangler in recent
years, and the new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept is an indication they may
soon get their wish. The last time the most recognizable vehicle on the planet
was offered with a V-8 engine was in the 1981 Jeep CJ, with its 5.0-litre V-8
that delivered 125 horsepower and 298Nm. of torque.
Jeep brand has introduced its new Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept, powered by a
6.4-litre (392 cubic-inch) V-8 engine that delivers 450 horsepower and 610Nm of
torque, and a 0-60 mph time in less than 5 seconds. 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 2-inch lift kit from Mopar
combine with suspension enhancements, a more-robust 8-speed transmission and a
massive V-8 powe rplant to deliver the ultimate fun-to-drive Jeep vehicle with
more off-road capability than ever in a Jeep Wrangler.
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,” he added.
Power, performance and capability on- and
accommodate its 6.4-litre V-8 engine and a stronger 8-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.
Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept boasts even more capability courtesy of third-generation
Dana 44 axles, a Selec-Track full-time two-speed transfer case, Tru-Lok
electric front- and rear-axle locking differentials, 37-inch mud-terrain tires
that wrap around custom 17-inch beadlock wheels that hold tires to rims under
extreme lateral loads, allowing for reduced tyre pressure operation and added
factory Jeep Performance Parts 2-inch lift kit from Mopar makes way for
additional suspension articulation, and improved 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 – all added to
help navigate the toughest off-road terrains.
more robust 8-speed automatic transmission and full-time 4x4 transfer case
improve overall drivability, and massive amounts of low-end torque allow for a
3.73 gear ratio, which delivers improved highway efficiency and a greater range
of off-road capability.
Enhanced Jeep Trail Rated capability:
Jeep brand boasts several Trail Rated criteria, which are improved on the
Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept. Specifically:
* Traction is improved courtesy of 450 lb.-ft. of torque and custom
17-inch beadlock wheels
* A factory Jeep Performance Parts 2-inch lift kit and 37-inch tires
combine to improve articulation, and contribute to unprecedented levels
of water fording capability (34 inches) and ground clearance (13.25 inches), as
well as improved approach (51.6 degrees), breakover (29.5 degrees) and
departure (40.1 degrees) angles
new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept features Granite Crystal exterior paint
adorned with Bronze accentuated tow hooks, badging, springs, shocks and wheels,
while featuring a heavy-duty raised performance hood with an aggressive
appearance, custom half doors and Wrangler’s Sky One-touch powertop, with
removable side panels for complete open-air freedom.
the Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept features rich Red Rock-colored leather
bolstered seats with gold stitching, along with a performance steering wheel.
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