Like the old Tim Allen comedy routine, Jeep enthusiasts have been clamoring for “more power” in recent years, according to the automaker, and it answered the call today by unveiling the new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept.
The new Jeep concept is powered by a 6.4-liter (392-cubic-inch) V-8 engine that delivers 450 horsepower and 450 lb.-ft. of torque, and a 0-60 mph time of less than five seconds. The previous Wrangler with a V-8, the 1981 CJ, delivered 125 horsepower and 220 lb.-ft. of torque.
“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,” says Jim Morrison, head of the Jeep brand at FCA North America. “We are anxious to gauge their reaction to this new Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept.”
The Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept features Dana 44 axles, a Selec-Trac full-time two-speed transfer case, an eight-speed transmission, Tru-lock electric front and rear axle lockers, 37-inch mud-terrain tires, and a Jeep Performance Parts two-inch lift kit from Mopar.
The Mopar lift kit allows additional suspension articulation and improved approach, breakover and departure angles. The vehicle also features Rubicon rock rails, steel bumpers with a Warn winch and a steel belly pan – all added to help navigate tough off-road terrains.
To accommodate its 6.4-liter V-8 engine and a stronger eight-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.
The new vehicle features Granite Crystal exterior paint with bronze accentuated tow hooks, badging, springs, shocks, and wheels, with a heavy-duty raised performance hood, custom half doors and Wrangler’s Sky One-touch power top, with removable side panels for complete open-air freedom.
Inside, it has Red Rock-colored leather bolstered seats with gold stitching, along with a performance steering wheel.
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