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Jeep® Introduces New 6.4-liter V-8 Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept

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  • Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept’s V-8 engine amps up Jeep fun-to-drive quotient and Trail Rated 4x4 capability
  • 6.4-liter V-8 engine with 392 cubic inches of displacement results in 450 horsepower,450 lb.-ft. of torque and a 0-60 mph time of less than five seconds
  • The Jeep brand’s exclusive Trail Rated criteria have been enhanced with the Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept
  • Unmatched 4x4 capability courtesy of added torque, Dana 44 axles, full-time two-speed transfer case, electric front- and rear-axle lockers, 37-inch mud-terrain tires and a Jeep Performance Parts two-inch factory lift kit
  • Robust eight-speed transmission, massive low-end torque and 3.73 gear ratio combine to deliver improved on-road performance and greater off-road capability
  • Two-mode exhaust alters performance sound at touch of a button
  • Custom exterior design features half doors, Granite Crystal paint and Bronze-colored accents on tow hooks, springs, shocks, wheels and badging
  • Unique interior features Red Rock-colored leather seats with gold stitching and a performance steering wheel
July 13, 2020 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The last time the most recognizable vehicle on the planet was offered with a V-8 engine was in the 1981 Jeep® CJ, with its 5.0-liter V-8 that delivered 125 horsepower and 220 lb.-ft. of torque.

Jeep enthusiasts have been clamoring for a V-8-powered production Wrangler in recent years and the new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept is an indication they may soon get their wish.

The Jeep brand has introduced its new Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept, powered by a 6.4-liter (392-cubic-inch) V-8 engine that delivers 450 horsepower and 450 lb.-ft. of torque, and a 0-60 mph time of less than five seconds. 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 two-inch lift kit from Mopar combine with suspension enhancements, a more robust eight-speed transmission and the massive V-8 power plant to deliver the ultimate fun-to-drive Jeep vehicle with more off-road capability than ever in a Jeep Wrangler.

“Jeep Wrangler enthusiasts have been asking us for a Wrangler V-8 and our new Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept proves that we have the ability to make that happen,” said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA North America. “From the recently introduced 29-mpg Wrangler EcoDiesel to our award-winning Jeep Gladiator, and the upcoming Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, Jeep is clearly listening to its customers. We are anxious to gauge their reaction to this new Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept, a vehicle that delivers an incredible and unmatched level of fun-to-drive performance and capability, on- and off-road.”

Power, performance and capability on- and off-road
To accommodate its 6.4-liter V-8 engine and a stronger eight-speed transmission, the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept features upgraded engine mounts and a modified frame. Suspension upgrades include new aluminum, monotube Fox shocks for improved damping and heat dissipation. A two-mode exhaust alters the performance sound at the touch of a button.

The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept boasts even more capability courtesy of third-generation Dana 44 axles, a Selec-Track full-time two-speed transfer case, Tru-Lok electric front- and rear-axle locking differentials and 37-inch mud-terrain tires that wrap around custom 17-inch beadlock wheels that hold the tires to the rims under extreme lateral loads, allowing for reduced tire pressure operation and added traction.

A factory Jeep Performance Parts two-inch lift kit from Mopar makes way for additional suspension articulation and improved approach, breakover and departure angles. The Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept also features Rubicon rock rails, steel bumpers with a Warn winch and a steel belly pan – all added to help navigate the toughest off-road terrains.

The more robust eight-speed automatic transmission and full-time 4x4 transfer case improve overall drivability, and massive amounts of low-end torque allow for a 3.73 gear ratio, which delivers improved highway efficiency and a greater range of off-road capability.

Enhanced Jeep Trail Rated capability
The Jeep brand boasts several Trail Rated criteria, which are improved on the Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept, specifically:
  • Traction is improved courtesy of 450 lb.-ft. of torque and custom 17-inch beadlock wheels
  • A factory Jeep Performance Parts two-inch lift kit and 37-inch tires combine to improve articulation and contribute to unprecedented levels of water fording capability (34 inches) and ground clearance (13.25 inches), as well as improved approach (51.6 degrees), breakover (29.5 degrees) and departure (40.1 degrees) angles.
Unique, custom design inside and out
The new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept features Granite Crystal exterior paint adorned with Bronze accentuated tow hooks, badging, springs, shocks and wheels, while featuring 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.

Inside, the Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept features rich Red Rock-colored leather bolstered seats with gold stitching, along with a performance steering wheel.

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Ummm.. personally it ticks a few boxes, V8, red interior, no need for after market exhaust.... I do not off-road my Rubicon ;) Not a fan of the wheel design and the bronze accents are a bit much ..but it IS a "Concept"

But it is also very close to production if they so desired, and if the crumple zone issue can be solved, even to the point that although the rear hatch glass is removed to give that fully open feel that the half doors allow, they did not even cap the location of the glass hatch hinges!.. pretty strange on a concept... never had an automatic transmission in the 4 Wranglers I have had but this might be the one to make my left foot lazy... now we will see if it gets to production....
 

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Give us those half doors at least.

No way they can achieve the claimed sub-5 second 0-60 time with 37s... maybe 60 km/h :LOL:

now we will see if it gets to production....
Well FCA does it the other way... they release what should only be a concept (Hellcats, TrackHawks, etc.)
 

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For people who spite Bronco. This, this is what competition can bring you, even if you absolutely hate Ford or Bronco, or Hummer, or FJ, or defender...
 

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"Concept" is a loaded word and does NOT mean it will ever hit showroom floors. I certainly hope it does, but I'm very skeptical until I see an official release date.

There are a ton of hurdles to overcome, including fed regulations, the dreaded IIHS crash testing (not required for release) and reliability testing etc....

FCA - make this happen. You're already late to the game.
 

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Interestingly, they don't lean one way or another if it'll go into production. They only state "this shows we can do it!"

Well I can strap a Yamaha to a canoe and send it down the river, but doesn't meant I'll make more and sell them. Interesting either way!

Edit: Pictures of Rims and Engine Bay added

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Missed opportunity for Jeep to put a dagger through the Bronco's heart. All they had to do was pull an MJ with an "i'm back" and the internet would have imploded and literally nobody would care about the Bronco reveal tonight. How much more gauging of interest does FCA need? People have been vocal about the V8 since it left the CJ.
 

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I don't think it will ever make it production. The lawyers won't let it happen. A 392 wrangler with dana 44s and 37s just seems stupid. They tell us now we can only run 35s on the dana 44 so what makes them think we can suddenly run 37s with 2x the hp? Now if they came out with a turbo V6 with hp north of 350, that would be better suited.
 

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Idk who at Jeep greenlit this whole tease and reveal today but they should be reprimanded lol. This is honestly just going to make people even more interested in the Bronco. Another V8 concept Jeep when we’ve seen this 10x before isn’t going to get people’s eyes off a more powerful Bronco that you can actually get next year.
 

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