News > Jeep introduces 6.4-litre V8 Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept
The last time one of the most iconic vehicles on the market was upgraded to a V8 engine was the 1981 Jeep CJ. Its 5.0-litre V8 delivered 125 horsepower and 220lb of torque ensured a powerful drive. Jeep fans have been insisting on a V8 engine for the Wrangler and the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept is making those wishes come true.
The Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept is powered by a 4-liter (392 cubic-inch) V-8 engine that ensures 450 horsepower and 450 lb. of torque; going from 0-60 mph in less than 5 seconds. The Dana 44 axles, a full-time two-speed transfer case, electric front, and rear-axle lockers, 37-inch mud-terrain tires and a Jeep Performance Parts 2-inch lift kit from Mopar with suspension enhancements, a more-robust 8-speed transmission, and a V-8 powerplant will give drivers a ride that fun to drive and has even more off-road capabilities than ever.
Jim Morrison, Head of the Jeep Brand in North America states that fans have been asking for a Wrangler V8 for a while and the new Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept gave them the ability to make it happen. From the recently launched 29 mpg Wrangler EcoDiesel to the Gladiator, as well as the Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, Jeep is taking into account what its customers and fans are saying. Jim adds that they’re excited to see the fans' reactions to the new Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept and the power its ready to deliver.
Power, speed, and off-road capabilities
The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept features upgraded engine mounts together with a modified frame to accommodate the 6.4-liter V-8 engine and a stronger 8-speed transmission. The suspension upgrades include new aluminium monotube Fox shocks to give an improved damping and heat dissipation. The two-mode exhaust also changes the performance sound with the touch of a button.
It comes with even more off-road capabilities thanks to third-generation Dana 44 axles, a Selec-Track full-time two-speed transfer case, Tru-Lok electric front- and rear-axle locking differentials, 37-inch mud-terrain tires that wrap around custom 17-inch bead-lock wheels to hold tyres to rims.
A Jeep Performance Parts 2-inch lift kit from Mopar gives additional suspension and an improved approach to angles. It also boasts Rubicon rock rails, steel bumpers with a Warn winch, and a steel belly pan which all help navigate the toughest terrains.
The 8-speed automatic transmission and full-time 4x4 transfer case gives an overall improvement to driving and allows for incredible amounts of low-end torque. This ensures a drive that’s perfect for on- or off-road.
Enhanced Jeep Trail Rated capability
Jeep has a line-up of Trail Rated criteria, which the Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept has improved drastically. These include:
- Improved traction courtesy of 450 lb.-ft. of torque and custom 17-inch bead-lock wheels.
- Jeep Performance Parts 2-inch lift kit and 37-inch mud-terrain tyres which improve articulation and allow for 34 inches of water fording, 13.25 inches of ground clearance, an approach of 51.6 degrees, 29.5 degrees breakover and 40.1 degrees departure angles.
Unique and customer design
Featuring Granite Crystal exterior paint with Bronze accentuated tow hooks, badging, springs, shocks, and wheels, together with a heavy-duty raised performance hood with an aggressive appearance, custom half doors, and Wrangler’s Sky One-touch powertop, with removable side panels for complete open-air freedom.
The interior features rich Red Rock coloured leather, bolstered seats with gold stitching, along with a performance steering wheel. All together giving the Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept a custom and unique design – inside and out.