On the same day of the 2021 Ford Bronco‘s debut, Jeep has revealed the Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept powered by a 6.4-litre V8 engine. The last time a V8 was offered was in the Jeep CJ series back in the ’80s. Since then, the fans have been clamoring for a V8 Wrangler, apparently. The new Concept “is an indication they may soon get their wish”, Jeep said.
Although looks near-production, the “Concept” boasts a 2-inch lift kit from Mopar that enables additional articulation and improved approach (51.6 degrees), breakover (29.5 degrees) and departure (40.1 degrees) angles, in addition to 34-inches (864 mm) of water wading capability. It rides on 17-inch beadlock wheels shod with 37-inch mud-terrain tires.
Third-generation Dana 44 axles, a Selec-Track full-time 2-speed transfer case, and Tru-Lok electric front- and rear-axle locking differentials are also part of the Concept’s capability credentials.
The 6.4-litre V8 develops 450 hp and 610 Nm (450 lb-ft) of torque, and is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. A 0-60 mph (97 km/h) time, if anyone is interested to know, is claimed to be less than 5 seconds.
“Massive low-end torque and 3.73 gear ratio combine to deliver improved on-road performance and greater off-road capability,” Jeep says. Check out a walkaround video below –