Marcus De Guzman / USSV | April 25, 2017 11:49
US Specialty Vehicles builds a souped-up Wrangler, the Rhino XT
The Jeep Wrangler is known the world over as one the most quintenessential 4x4s out there. With a potent 3.6-liter V6 coupled to a robust drivetrain and tall ride height, the Wranger can practically go anywhere. So how does one improve an already capable off-roader? Beef it up with a more powerful engine and uprated suspension.
Say hello to the Rhino XT, a heavily customized Jeep Wrangler that is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8 derived from the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. It was built by California-based US Specialty Vehicles (USSV) and made its movie debut in the blockbuster movie 'The Fate of The Furious'.
It was first revealed at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show as a prototype truck. The film's director, F Gary Gray, saw the truck and wanted to include it in the upcoming movie. After several years of development, USSV finally had the final product ready for customers.
As mentioned earlier, it's based off the current JK Wrangler and gets a custom reinforced steel body. It also gets flared wheel arches, large alloy wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires, new hood and larger front and rear bumpers.
The suspension and chassis were also upgraded to fully take on the rough terrain. They did not go into specifics but they did mention that it does have uprated suspension components, differentials and dampers among others.
In collaboration with Dakota Customs, USSV was able to shoe-horn the Hellcat V8 onto the Wrangler's engine bay. It's exact output rating for the Rhino XT was not revealed, but the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 cranks out 717 PS and generates 818 Nm of torque in the Challenger SRT.
USSV already has a buyer lined up for a Rhino XT and is expecting more customers to reserve their own.