Later today Ford is finally going to reveal the 2021 Ford Bronco and Bronco Sport, but it looks like Jeep is trying to stay in the conversation with the debut of the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 concept this morning.
Jeep fans have been asking for Chrysler to put its Hemi V8 under the hood of the Wrangler and it looks like it might happen soon. The Wrangler Rubicon 392 concept is powered by a Hemi 6.4-liter (392-cubic-inch) V8 engine with 450 horsepower and 450 lb.-ft. of torque. The V8 gives the Wrangler a 0-60 mph time of less than five seconds.
The Wrangler Rubicon 392 concept also gets 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.
“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.”
To accommodate its 6.4-liter V-8 engine and stronger eight-speed transmission, the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 concept features upgraded engine mounts and a modified frame. The suspension has also been upgraded with 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.
On the outside the concept is painted in Granite Crystal and finished with Bronze accentuated tow hooks, badging, springs, shocks and wheels. It also features a heavy-duty raised performance hood, custom half doors and the powertop. Inside the seats are wrapped in Red Rock-colored leather with gold stitching and there’s unique steering wheel.