JEEP has delivered on every fans dream, with the unveiling of a Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept, powered by a 6.4-litre (392 cubic-inch) V8 engine that delivers 335kW of power and 610Nm, with a 0-100km time of less than 5.0 seconds.
Revealed at the same time as Ford was unveiling its wild new Bronco, possibly to steal some serious thunder, it features Dana 44 axles, a full time two speed transfer case, electric front and rear axle lockers, and 37-inch mud-terrain tyres.
Loaded with Jeep performance parts, it comes with a 2.0-inch lift kit from Mopar, suspension enhancements, a more robust 8-speed transmission and that monster power plant, to deliver the ultimate fun-to-drive off-road capable Jeep Wrangler.
The last time the Wrangler was offered with a V8 engine was in the 1981 Jeep CJ, with its 5.0-litre V8 offering a measly 94kW of power and 298Nm of torque. Jeep enthusiasts have been clamouring for a V8 powered production model ever since.
To accommodate its power plant and gearbox, the Rubicon 392 Concept features upgraded engine mounts and a modified frame. Suspension upgrades include new aluminium, monotube Fox shocks for improved damping and heat dissipation.
A two-mode exhaust alters the performance sound at the touch of a button. The concept also boasts custom 17-inch bead-lock wheels that hold tyres to rims under extreme lateral loads, allowing for reduced tire pressure operation and added traction.
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.
Jeep has also thrown a unique, custom design inside and out, with the Wrangler concept featuring a Granite Crystal exterior paint adorned with bronze accentuated tow hooks, badging, springs, shocks and wheels.
It also features a heavy-duty raised performance hood with an aggressive appearance. Custom half doors and Wrangler’s Sky one-touch power top, with removable side panels for complete open-air freedom.
Inside, it features rich Red Rock-coloured leather bolstered seats with gold stitching, along with a performance steering wheel.
If Jeep are listening, we really (really, really) hope they send this monster to production, and bring it to Australia.