Just afore Ford apparent the new Bronco this summer, Jeep appear the Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept, a Wrangler abstraction powered by a 450-horsepower, 6.4-liter V-8. It acquainted like a bit of a achievement to abduct some of Ford’s shine. But, uh, it’s happening. For real. Jeep is absolutely shoehorning a 6.4-liter V-8 beneath the awning of the Wrangler Rubicon in acknowledgment to what it claims is chump demand.
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Besides bottomward the “Concept” allotment of its name, the assembly Wrangler Rubicon 392 has one added key aberration from its abstraction predecessor: the assembly Jeep has 470 application and 470 pounds-feet of torque.
Yes, you apprehend that right; the assembly adaptation has added ability than the concept. Twenty added ponies and 20 added pounds-feet, to be exact. The Wrangler Rubicon 392, alone accessible as a four-door Wrangler, will additionally acquire a cardinal of specific exoteric and autogenous administration cues to let you apperceive this is the one with the big engine, aloof in case you can’t apprehend the V-8 rumble.
In creating the Wrangler Rubicon 392, Jeep took it to the accepted off-road haunts to accomplish abiding it was up to the standards of its name — including the Rubicon trail, of advance — and one new testing location: a annoyance strip. There, Jeep says it put bottomward a 0-60-mph time of 4.5 abnormal on its way to a 13-second quarter-mile sprint, admitting it will still absorb its bound top acceleration of 99 mph.
Power goes to the auto via a distinctively acquainted eight-speed automated chiral advised for the engine’s college torque figure. In a Wrangler first, the chiral has steering-wheel-mounted aluminum about-face paddles. There’s no chiral option, either, so it’s the eight-speed auto or a altered Wrangler. Upgraded brakes advice apathetic the quick SUV down, and to abate ammunition consumption, the agent uses butt deactivation. A two-stage bankrupt arrangement has accustomed and action modes.
A anatomic awning beat provides the agent algid air. We’ll get to the blow of its off-road capabilities in a minute, but if you’re afraid about the beat affecting the Rubicon 392’s off-roading chops, or of accident ability if the beat ends up blocked, Jeep anticipation of that: It has a appropriate Hydro-Guide assimilation able of accustomed abroad up to 15 gallons of baptize per minute. If the beat does get blocked by mud, snow or debris, a accessory air alleyway will let the Rubicon 392 ability top speed.
This isn’t a street-truck adaptation of the Wrangler. The Wrangler Rubicon 392 is aerial 2 inches (it sits an inch taller than the approved Rubicon, according to Jeep) and has an upgraded anatomy and agent mounts, retuned suspension, upgraded Dana 44 axles and more. The alone arbor arrangement accessible is 3.73:1 — the approved Rubicon has a 4.10:1 — but Jeep says that the added torque of the big V-8 makes up for it.
The added lift additionally gives the Wrangler Rubicon 392 the adequacy to ford 32.5 inches of water, additional bigger access and abandonment angles of 44.5 and 37.5 degrees, appropriately (a approved four-door Rubicon’s angles are 43.9 and 37 degrees). Breakover angles abide banausic at 22.6 degrees. Ground clearance, however, is bottomward bisected an inch from the V-6 Rubicon, at a still-impressive 10.3 inches.
Standard 33-inch tires blanket about 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels. Distinctively acquainted monotube aluminum Fox shock absorbers advice handle the asperous being on- and off-road, with cyberbanking locking differentials and an cyberbanking sway-bar abstract for back things get absolutely tough. Jeep’s Selec-Speed Ascendancy keeps things affective at 1 to 5 mph back in the alteration case’s 4-Low approach — and you can ascendancy the acceleration with the new about-face paddles — and the Wrangler’s Off-Road Pages advice you adviser all kinds of important data, including pitch, roll, distance and more.
Besides the lift and the awning scoop, cloister tailpipes and appropriate 392 brand will advice assemblage analyze the Wrangler Rubicon 392. Brownish wheels, brand accents and advanced and rear tow hooks additionally differentiate the 392 from added Rubicon models.
Unique advanced seats with added high bolstering and a flat-bottomed action council caster advice set the 392’s autogenous apart. So does brownish bond on the covering upholstery, with a brownish “Rubicon 392” abstract into the high allocation of the advanced seats.
Besides the covering upholstery, added appearance accepted on the Rubicon 392 that are usually alternative on added Wranglers board a body-colored auto and fenders, a animate bumper, the Wrangler’s Safety Group, Advanced Safety Group and Algid Weather Group.
If the accepted appearance aren’t enough, Jeep is already planning on alms all sorts of accessories through its Mopar division.
Official appraisement will appear afterpiece to the Wrangler Rubicon 392’s on-sale date ancient in the aboriginal division of 2021, but apprehend it to amount absolutely a bit. A V-6 Rubicon can be optioned over $60,000 with ease, and with the added able engine, the upgrades to board that agent and the admittance of abundant cher options as accepted equipment, it wouldn’t be hasty to see the Wrangler Rubicon 392 backpack a starting amount of $65,000 or alike afterpiece to $70,000.
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