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Jeep reveals Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept with 450-hp V8

By on July 13, 2020 0 103 Views

A Hemi underhood is something Wrangler fans have asked for for a while

Jeep took the covers off of a new Wrangler concept powered by a V8 on July 13, showing it off – not coincidentally – on the same day Ford’s 2021 Bronco is finally set to be revealed.

Under the hood of the Rubicon 392 Concept is a 6.4-litre (392-cubic-inch) V8 that produces 450 horsepower and 450 lb.-ft. of torque.

Accommodating the higher output of the engine is a stronger eight-speed transmission, upgraded engine mounts and a modified frame. New aluminum monotube Fox shocks improved damping and heat dissipation, while a two-mode exhaust can change the sound by pressing a button.

The new engine helps give the Wrangler a zero-to-96-km/h time of less than five seconds, but in a Jeep, the performance off-road is what is important. Jeep has also given the concept Dana 44 axles, a full-time two-speed transfer case, electric front and rear lockers, 37-inch mud-terrain tires, and a two-inch lift with Jeep Performance Parts.

To help protect that new engine and frame, Jeep’s installed rock rails, steel bumpers with a Warn winch, and a steel belly pan. Custom half-doors and a Sky One-touch powertop with removable side panels give the cabin a light and airy feel.

The last time a Jeep was available with a V8 was the 1981 CJ. The 5.0-litre unit only produced 125 horsepower and 220 lb.-ft. of torque.

Jeep enthusiasts have been lusting after a V8-powered Wrangler for years, and the new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept is an indication they may soon get their wish. Inside sources say the off-roader is headed for production, and we don’t see any reason it shouldn’t be.

Driving.CA – Alex Reid

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