Wrangler Rubicon 392 is just a concept for now, FCA says, “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.”
The new 6.4-litre (392 cubic inches) engine is the first V8 used by Jeep since that of the 1981 CJ, which produced just 125bhp and 220lb ft (298Nm) of torque. The Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept, by contrast, produces 444bhp and 450lb ft (610Nm), giving it a 0-60mph time of less than 5.0sec.
Alongside the larger engine, Rubicon’s off-road-ability comes from Dana 44 axles, Fox shocks, a full-time two-speed transfer case, electric front- and rear-axle locking differentials, 37in mud-terrain tyres and a 2in suspension lift. With 13.25in of ground clearance, the 4×4 is capable of fording water up to 34in deep.
If enough people let Jeep know that they’re interested in this V-8 Wrangler, it seems likely the company will actually make it. We hope to hear more about it in the coming months.