I alone got to drive the Jeep Wrangler 392 abstraction for about 15 minutes, but that’s all it took to allowance the deal. This Hemi V8-powered Wrangler Rubicon is a anarchism and Jeep absolutely needs to accompany it to production. For a aggregation that’s hellbent on Hellcatting all the things, seriously, why the hell not?
The abstraction isn’t complicated, but it’s acutely able-bodied executed; this is abundant added than aloof a 2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with a 6.4-liter V8 shoehorned into its agent bay. The 392 Abstraction has a able anatomy and stronger agent mounts, upgraded driveline and abeyance hardware, bent off-road modifications and a few conceptual touches that may or may not be accessible as accessories someday.
The Hemi is the aforementioned one you’ll acquisition in added 392-badged Fiat-Chrysler articles (it’s a 392-cubic-inch V8, appropriately the name). In the Wrangler, it’s acquainted to aftermath 450 application and 450 pound-feet of torque — a huge advancement over the 285 hp and 260 lb-ft you get with the Jeep’s accepted 3.6-liter V6. Jeep says the 392 Abstraction can do the 0-to-60-mph birr in beneath 5 seconds, which is absolute batty in article so aerodynamically defiant.
Yep, it fits. That’s FCA’s 392-cubic-inch Hemi V8.
Hot diggity abuse can this affair scoot. Open up the two-mode achievement bankrupt and the V8 belts out the jams while the Wrangler picks up speed. The adenoids raises precipitously, the rear tires skip a exhausted and your best bet is to aloof authority on and adore the ride. A 5-second 0-to-60 time is annihilation in a low-slung durably sprung sports car, but in a big Jeep with huge tires and absolutely annihilation in the way of council feel, the acquaintance is hilarious. And array of scary. But mostly hilarious. You’ll absolutely appetite to barrage it over and over again.
I alone collection it briefly, but it doesn’t booty continued to get a bright account of how this Jeep drives. It rolls. It dives. The council is vague. The brakes… work. It drives like a Wrangler. Which is to say, bigger than earlier Wranglers, but still not absolutely aesthetic (not that it needs to be, because its ambition buyer). Plus, the 392 is a abstraction vehicle, so it hasn’t been finessed and fine-tuned to a akin of assembly road-worthiness. It’s additionally done up with a agglomeration of off-road mods, they blazon of being that tends to inherently spiral with an SUV’s on-road manners.
Which brings me to addition sad trombone: I didn’t get to booty the 392 off-roading, so I can’t allege to its abilities as a rock-crawler or dune-blaster. It absolutely has all the appropriate stuff, though, with Dana 44 axles, a two-speed alteration case, advanced and rear locking differentials, 37-inch mud-terrain tires and a 2-inch lift. Combine all of that with the Wrangler Rubicon’s already astounding off-road capabilities and you’ve got what I can alone brainstorm will be a actively acceptable time aback the activity gets filthy. Jeep says the 392 can ford 34 inches of baptize and has bang approach, breakover and abandonment angles of 51.6, 29.5 and 40.1 degrees, respectively. There’s alike a animate bonanza with an chip Warn winch aloof in case things get too hairy.
Half-doors, no windows and 37-inch mud tires. Yes, please.
The 392 Abstraction looks altered than added Wranglers acknowledgment to custom half-doors and disposable rear-quarter windows — two things Jeep is cerebration about bringing to assembly through its accessories catalog. The 17-inch brownish auto attending rad and I affectionate of dig the aphotic red covering seats set adjoin this SUV’s Granite Crystal exoteric color. Advanced to back, it’s a attractive rig.
So, will this consistently be a one-off concept, or will Jeep absolutely body and advertise a V8-powered Wrangler? It’s adamantine to say, but I’m accommodating to bet it’ll happen. Jeep loves it. Wrangler owners adulation it. And honestly, Jeep has to do article to accord the Wrangler an bend in the face of the 2021 Ford Bronco.
For now, Jeep says this abstraction is an adumbration that enthusiasts “may anon get their wish” for a assembly V8 Wrangler. It abiding seems simple abundant to execute, and I absolutely achievement it happens. I wouldn’t say no to a Hellcat version, either.
Either way, Jeep, let’s get this done.
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