Remember the Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept Jeep introduced earlier this year? The 450 HP Wrangler with a 6.4-liter V8 crammed under the hood? Well, it's no longer just a concept 4x4 we wish Jeep would make. Soon, you'll be able to pick one up at dealerships. Jeep has decided to put the V8-powered Wrangler into production, and we're sure 4x4 enthusiasts around the world will be happy they did.
For the production model Wrangler Rubicon 392, Jeep didn't really change much compared to the concept revealed a few months ago. Under the hood, it still uses the same 6.4-liter V8 as found in the Challenger R/T Scat Pack, but now with 470 HP as opposed to the concept's 450 HP. Torque is also up, now rated at 637 Nm.
Unfortunately, no manual transmission will be available as the Wrangler Rubicon 392 comes standard with an 8-speed automatic. However, it is the first Wrangler to be fitted with paddle shifters. It also comes with Selec-Trac full-time four-wheel-drive transfer case so traction is always there. The bad news is that there is no 2WD setting to go do donuts.
Thanks to the increase in power and full-time 4WD, the 4x4 can now sprint from 0 to 97 km/h in just 4.4 seconds. Even more impressive is its quarter-mile time. Jeep claims that the Wrangler Rubicon 392 can hit the quarter-mile in 13 seconds flat. Yes, this Wrangler could put a few road cars to shame on the drag strip.
Even though it has a V8 engine under the hood, the Rubicon 392 is still capable of going anywhere. It comes standard with a 2-inch lift kit with Fox performance shocks. It also has 17-inch wheels wrapped in 33-inch tires give the 4x4 32.5-inches (or 825.5mm) of water wading. Other exterior visual differences between the standard Wrangler include special badges, a unique set of wheels, and a hood with a scoop. Aside from those, it looks just like any other Wrangler you might find on the road.
Jeep says there's no need to worry about going off-road even with the scoop fitted on. It features a unique “Hydro-Guide air intake system with tri-level ducting” that directs water away from the engine. It means that even if it gets covered with mud, the air intake system will allow the vehicle to function safely.
For now, Jeep only offers the Wrangler Rubicon 392 as a four-door model. The automaker hasn't released a price on the 470 HP Wrangler either. Considering it does have a Challenger's V8 under the hood, it will likely be the most expensive variant to date. Hopefully, we get to see a few on the streets of Metro Manila...assuming Jeep Philippines brings them in.