Jeep gives birth to first ever V8 Wrangler Rubicon

FOR enthusiasts who crave soul stirring, legendary off-road performance and a new level of on-road performance, Jeep introduces the new V8 powered 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392.

The quickest and most powerful Wrangler ever carries the 6.4-litre V8, rated at 350kW and 637Nm. Mated to the crisp shifting TorqueFlite eight speed automatic transmission and Selec-Trac full-time active 4×4 transfer case.

All this power rockets the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 from 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds and the quarter mile in 13.0 seconds. Plus, this potent combination comes with a factory backed warranty.

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Away from the pavement, the Trail Rated Wrangler Rubicon 392’s potent powertrain meshes with heavy-duty wide track Dana 44 axles, a 3.73 final drive ratio, transmission torque converter lockup control, and a 2-inch lift.

Throw in 33-inch tires on 17-inch beadlock capable wheels, and the result is the most capable Jeep Wrangler to date, with 10.3-inches of ground clearance, and improved suspension articulation and manoeuvrability.

It all sounds very tasty, but there’s no guarantees it will come to Australia, as its yet to be confirmed for right-hand drive markets.

Fuel saver technology with cylinder deactivation has also been fitted and seamlessly shifts to smooth, high fuel economy four cylinder mode when engine loads are light, such as cruising on the highway.

A tank mounted high performance pump keeps the V8 fuelled under even the most demanding conditions. A functional hood scoop feeds the Wrangler Rubicon 392’s engine with cool, denser, outside air, which leads to enhanced performance.

The Wrangler Rubicon 392’s Hydro-Guide air intake system includes a tri-level ducting system with a series of drains, including a one-way drain in the air box that separates water. A secondary airpath within the hood has also been added as a backup.

An active dual-mode exhaust delivers an exhilarating and unmistakable sound. The system engages automatically, opening valves in the exhaust system, under higher engine loads to reduce exhaust back pressure.

The driver can also activate the system with the press of a button. The dual-pipe performance exhaust system is finished off with unique quad exhaust tailpipes.

The Wrangler Rubicon 392’s powertrain calibration includes Torque Reserve and AMax shifting, accessible when doing a brake torque launch, that deliver maximum acceleration for solid-pavement launches.

The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392’s drivetrain puts the power down to all four wheels, all the time. The heart of the driveline is a Selec-Trac full-time, active transfer case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio.

The transfer case has four driver-selectable modes, 4WD Auto/4WD High/Neutral/4WD Low. This full-time two-speed transfer case is intuitive and allows the driver to set it and forget it, while constantly sending power to the front and rear wheels.

Off road, the Wrangler Rubicon 392 delivers the legendary capability Jeep is renowned for, with a revised transmission torque converter lockup control and a 48:1 crawl ratio to manage vehicle speed without the driver needing to use the brake pedal.

The 2021 Jeep Rubicon 392 keeps to the original design theme of Wrangler with bold and functional cues, a wide stance and its recognizable trapezoidal wheel flares. The factory 2-inch lift adds to the vehicle’s character and presence.

The Wrangler Rubicon 392 carries Bronze accents, including branding on the hood, the tow hooks, coil springs and Fox Shocks decal, to mark the most powerful Jeep Wrangler ever. It also outlines the Jeep badge and the Trail Rated badge.

Bronze wheels measure 17×7.5 inches and are beadlock capable with an optional black locking ring available through Mopar. The leather appointed interior includes unique Bronze stitching.

The leather seats with Rubicon 392 nomenclature keep drivers comfortable with performance inspired, integrated upper bolsters to hold occupants in place. The Uconnect system projects on a standard 8.4-inch screen.

Loaded in the software, Jeep’s Off-road Pages allow owners to monitor pitch, roll, altitude, GPS coordinates, drivetrain power distribution and more. The 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 also includes 11 premium features, normally options on Jeep Wrangler.

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 is available in nine exterior colours, including Black, Bright White, Firecracker Red, Granite Crystal Metallic, Punk ’n Metallic, Sarge Green Metallic, Snazzberry Metallic, Sting-Gray Metallic and Billet Silver Metallic.

Set to go on sale in the first quarter of 2021 in the US, Australian buyers will have to wait with baited breath to see if it will come here. We are certainly hopeful it does.

2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392
2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 interior (overseas model shown)
Mick Glenn
Mick Glenn
Mick is a car fanatic, with petrol pumping through his veins. With a deep love for cars, and what makes them tick, Mick likes things that go fast, very fast. But he also appreciates a Sunday cruise in the Rolls...... who are we kidding, he'd drive the wheels off that too.


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