What is your ideal wrangler powerplant?

What would you buy? All have 500 hp / 500 ft lb torque...


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How long does it take to make enogh power to break traction on dry asphalt from idle? Does the diesel have enough power before the turbo spools up, or is it similar to the gas turbo? Anyone know what the torque curve looks like without boost?
Given that the HP rating of the R2.8L is only 161HP, I don't think that it is going to be breaking traction very often...

The Cummins would be like a hyper-torquey version of the TJ's I6 but would feature a nearly 30mpg fuel economy and be likely more reliable. Basically a workhorse.





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Turbo I6 and anything else doesn’t even come close.
 

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I have no need for speed. I honestly find the Pentastar relatively perfect for how I drive. It's not too fast, not slow, just the right speed for the handling and aerodynamics of a Wrangler. In an ideal world more low end torque would be great. If I end up owning another JL it'd likely be for a Turbo I6.
 
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I have no need for speed. I honestly find the Pentastar relatively perfect for how I drive. It's not too fast, not slow, just the right speed for the handling and aerodynamics of a Wrangler. In an ideal world more low end torque would be great. If I end up owning another JL it'd likely be for a Turbo I6.
a turbo 4.0! getting old sucks.
 
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Given that the HP rating of the R2.8L is only 161HP, I don't think that it is going to be breaking traction very often...

The Cummins would be like a hyper-torquey version of the TJ's I6 but would feature a nearly 30mpg fuel economy and be likely more reliable. Basically a workhorse.
It's all about torque, with a jeep. With a little modification to the 2.8 l, it can reliably make over 200 horsepower at about 400 ft. pounds of torque, at lower rpm.
 

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It's all about torque, with a jeep...
I think you mean to say is, “for me, its all about torque in my jeep”.
Not everyone is driving their jeep the same way.
Personally, I need more than 200hp and will never use 400lbs of torque. I like to go fast and break traction with the throttle. I drive my jeep like a dirt bike.
 

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I will never own a 4 cylinder Jeep.
I thought the same way about 6 bangers when V8s were all the rage and had all the power. My last V8 was in the Jeep Commander ... LOVED IT!!!

Then 6 bangers finally got some power after that first v6 3.8l van engine in the JK 1... UGH I owned that one too , sold it after 18 months ... that v6 was a bad!!! Yet Jeepers loved them because thats all that was available... then the penastar finally made a decent v6 but still naturally aspirated... Yes I have owned that one too, not so good when living at high mtn elevations...UGH

Even thought FINALLY, the Wrangler now has more & better options, people want to stick with what they got or what they love like my old V8 but engineers keep making things better and more efficient.

For example my 2L turbo is now tuned to 320 torque and 290 hp in a 2door JLR and I get 20mpg on 35s 😁 The future is here!!! there is an exhaust system to change the sound if that is important (which i don't have).

But then again, I might be that old man one day saying "I will never buy an electric Wrangler" as they fly past me... hehe 😉 CHEERS
 

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A 4 cyl turbo diesel preferably by a renowned manufacturer. I dont want an eco diesel, I want a 4 cyl version of the cummins. Built for hard heavy work at low rpms. I also want it married to a 6 speed stick and in the two door as an option. I also don't want to have to buy the rubicon to get it. Dont want leather seats or heated steering wheels with it. Give me the option to have all of this in a base model form. That's what I want. Not gonna happen though I might as well buy and old CJ and restomod it to my specs.
 

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