Jeep teases production-ready V8 Wrangler with Rubicon 392 concept

Officially just a concept for now, the Rubicon 392 previews a V8-powered Wrangler that is set to make production soon

This is the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept. Not to be outdone by Ford on the day its rival announces the new Bronco, Jeep has shown the world what its 4x4 icon could be like with a V8 engine under the bonnet. 

Though officially a concept, Jeep has strongly hinted that a V8 Wrangler will enter production, and many of the technical upgrades of this car suggest that it’ll become a sales reality sooner rather than later. 

The 392 refers to the capacity in cubic inches, and translates to 6.4 litres. It’s enough for a total output of 444bhp and 610Nm, and as a result, the Wrangler will fire its way from 0-60mph in less than five seconds. A two-mode exhaust system can alter the volume of the V8 noise from tailpipes.

Power is sent to all four wheels through an uprated eight speed automatic gearbox, which not only allows the Wrangler to make the most of the V8’s torque off road, but also enables greater cruising efficiency at motorway speeds.

Off road ability is assured thanks to a variety of mechanical upgrades. The Rubicon 392 gets the latest generation of the tried-and-tested Dana 44 axles, while elsewhere there’s a two-speed transfer box, locking front and rear differentials, and a two-inch suspension lift kit. The 17-inch wheels  feature a beadlock to stop the 37-inch tyres from detaching under extreme off-road use, while rock rails (taken from the production Rubicon trim Wrangler), steel bumpers, winch kit, and a steel belly pan help to protect the car from harsh terrain.

All of these upgrades mean that the Rubicon 392 offers a 864mm wading depth, plus approach and departure angles of 51.6 and 40.1 degrees respectively.

The Concept also features a host of styling upgrades over the existing Wrangler. There’s a raised bonnet for a more menacing look, while bronze detailing on the tow hooks, badges, suspension and wheels, sets off the ‘Granite Crystal’ paint finish. The 392 also features custom half doors, a retractable roof and removable side panels.

Interior upgrades include red leather seats with gold stitching and Red Rock-coloured leather bolstered seats with gold stitching, red trim panels on the dash, and a performance steering wheel.

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